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Adventures in Thrifting: Animal Print

2010 October 3

Before my move, I took several trash bags of old clothing to the Buffalo Exchange in Davis Square, Somerville, where I had the semi-humiliating experience of a woman going through my clothing, piece by piece, and telling me why she couldn’t accept certain things: “No one wears this style anymore,” she said about the floral Zara skirt I’d been wearing nearly weekly for years; “These pants are too business-y for our clientele,” about a pair of expensive black trousers. But as a reward for this humiliation, I did get $45 in store credit, which I could use at any of their locations and which doesn’t expire. (You can trade your clothes for cash too, but you get less bang for your buck that way).

Fortunately, Buffalo Exchange has a store in Brooklyn, and I was able to visit a couple of weeks ago after work. I have  a list of pieces missing from my closet so that I am better able to stay on task when I’m shopping. Some items currently on the list include oxfords, a quality white shirt, and a classic trench.  One of the big trends this season is leopard print. I’ve never been a big fan of this, frankly, but I like the idea of adding a fun dimension to an otherwise basic outfit. That’s why when I saw this dress on the rack at Buffalo, I knew I needed to at least try it on, though I wouldn’t normally gravitate toward the giraffe print.

It’s a perfect fit, super comfortable, it’s Elie Tahari, and it was $28 (which means I still have $15 of store credit left to spend!). Even though it was pouring rain and my office has Casual Fridays, I wore the dress for the first time on Friday to work because I went to a show on Broadway that one of Joe’s friends has been working on after work. It was a fun night and it was nice to be dressed up despite the gross weather.

{silly style blogger pose. Dress: second-hand Tahari; Cardigan: Old Navy; Shoes: Tahari (via Marshall’s)}

Looking at these pictures though, I’m not completely in love with the length-what do you think? Could the hem be shortened an inch or two?

8 Responses Post a comment
  1. Lauren S permalink
    October 4, 2010

    Jill– this looks FANTASTIC on you. I would shorten the hem no more than one inch so that it just hits the top of your knee caps. That way the dimensions of the dress will not be thrown off (that longer, to-the-knees style on you is bangin’) and the proportions of the dress will remain intact. It seems like a good point to hem the dress is where you can see the seam of the hem in the last photo– that’s about where the length should fall.

    Beautiful dress– the clingy style of pencil skirts really works for you by highlighting your curves. Buy more dresses/skirts like it!

  2. Amanda permalink
    October 4, 2010

    Ooooooh, so cute and so flattering! I think the length is pretty good, personally– don’t hem it too much.

    Also…your hair looks super-model sleek and shiny in that top picture!

  3. October 4, 2010

    Love this! It’s bold and unique but still professional. I agree with Lauren about not hemming too much; too short and I think it would lose that bit of “Mad Men.”

  4. NMR permalink
    October 4, 2010

    Another great vintage find. You have a knack for this. Do not alter the hem length- the proportions are perfect right now. It keeps it classy.

  5. October 4, 2010

    super lovely dress. this silhouette looks amazing on you! i agree with the other readers, hem it maybe 1 inch, but not more than that :)

  6. Melissa permalink
    October 4, 2010

    I love the dress, love the cardigan, would not hem it at all, really. Perhaps a bit higher heel might be helpful? Looks great, though!

  7. October 5, 2010

    I love the leopard and the green it looks great together!

  8. Lindsay Armstrong permalink
    October 5, 2010

    I’m not normally into animal prints either, but this is an amazing dress. Plus, it’s giraffe, which feels a bit unique. Looks great on you!

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