Adventures in Thrifting: Animal Print
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.
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?