Lockdown Closet Shopping

Once again this year, Ontario appears to be in a never-ending state of lockdown that I’m really exhausted hearing about. I have been spending my personal time outside gardening, hiking and now kayaking when the sun comes out. Ultimately I haven’t thrifted for a long time as the stores are still closed and online for me is more negative than positive as I need to be able to return things. I never imagined our city would ever be “locked down” but its interesting to reflect on how it has brought attention to the things I regularly do for entertainment. I will be frank, I have zero interest in the current styles available everywhere online. I don’t want my midriff showing, skin tight everything… give me the bright bold colours and flowing dresses!

I find myself frustrated with my closet as per every year… my tastes are always evolving which is why a thrifted wardrobe works best for me. People always say “Wow I never see you in the same outfit twice!” usually because I didn’t feel happy in it so I tossed it into the back of the closet for another time OR I’ve sold it on Facebook Marketplace. I want to feel great in my clothes and as my body changes, as my lifestyle changes – I think my clothes reflect that most.

This outfit was really fun and unplanned! I was looking for inspiration by scrolling through my Instagram feed and saw this skirt that I had stitched up last summer – the fullness was a bit overwhelming so I made a gathered slit at the side. The frilly overlay jumped out me and I thought hey! that’ll work! I love to be more on the dressy side than casual – this look just completely captured everything that I love in an outfit. Its simple but bold! Also… can we please bring back statement necklaces?!

This dress! While it makes pretty much everyone BUT me uncomfortable I absolutely love it. I spent a few evenings scrolling through endless websites looking for the same style – its available on a bunch of garbage websites for $50+ and I just can’t justify the cost. With thrifting prices I’m able to experiment and make items work for me by altering them as needed. When I’m spending $50 on one item I become a lot more particular and it has to be a perfect fit. I find clothing never fits right off the rack.

This beauty is a plus size from Talize last year. I don’t care that its oversized it’s fun, its unique and I am just living for that colour yellow! With lockdown never-ending, I will never take a 50% sale for granted ever again! 

The issue with me loving oversized clothing is that its incredibly hard to find purchasing online as every company will say a sweater is “oversized” and it will be too short or tight on me despite buying an extra large.

Another plus size gem found on the same day as the beautiful yellow number. This romper is still a work in progress, each time I wear it to work I alter it a little bit more. I added fringe to the bottom the last time I wore it because I find rompers always awkwardly short. This way I feel more modest – the tank top underneath provides better coverage too. I often like the idea of rompers but hate wearing them – they just aren’t for me… I prefer dresses.

A tried and true designer dress that fits perfectly. I’ve had this dress for years and years! Its a Quebec designer, Lucian Matis. Absolutely brilliant and fits my curves like no other dress – and it feels like pajamas! I have often looked for another print but wouldn’t you know it, I found the exact same dress twice thrifting! I think its good to keep photos of your favourite looks for on days when you hate everything (we all have them!). This one I feel exudes confidence!

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