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During my shopping ban earlier this year, I had time to assess what was really missing in my wardrobe. It became evident that I needed a few tops / blouses.

My requirements for new blouses were:

  1. Can be paired with both jeans and skirts.
  2. Need them to have short or 3/4th sleeves. ( I am not a big fan of sleeveless)
  3. Should be airy, light and well-suited for Arizona weather.
  4. No deep V necks.
  5. Silk if preferable.

Of course, the other biggest requirement was that they were within my budget. I did not want to spend a ton of money.

Two out of these three tops are second hand and 100% silk (YAY!!!!). I bought them on Poshmark. This is the year that I have been exploring and learning how to shop better on the pre-owned market.

On the topic of second hand, I am loving Poshmark! The collection available is much smaller when compared to Ebay. But, I also love that there are more independent sellers who are just trying to sell their own clothes. For most sellers on Poshmark, the common reason for selling seems to be lifestyle or sizing changes.

I spent less than $100 for the three tops put together (One new, on discount. Two second hand). Both the pre-owned tops are in almost ‘mint’ condition.

I wasn’t looking to buy prints. It just happened. All three go very well with blue and gray jeans. With the advent of norm-core, Celine (still love it), minimalist dressing, prints got a bad reputation for a while. I remember reading a style post that suggested to avoid prints if one wanted to look ‘expensive’. By expensive, I think the writer meant to say sophisticated or  under-stated? I really don’t know if this is true. I look forward to hearing what you think about this.

I love navy and black a lot. But, my love for plain, neutral clothes doesn’t clash with my interest to wear a couple of prints and colors in moderation. For me, having a small wardrobe doesn’t automatically mean that it should be devoid of colors or prints. Maybe, my own ethnicity (Indian), makes me more comfortable with print? I also don’t mind when people at work recognize the dress or blouse I wore last week. My clothes need not be plain or ambiguous all the time. I repeat my outfits a lot, almost to the point of having a schedule.

Question 1: How often do you repeat your clothes? Are you comfortable repeating outfits every week?  Does it bother you in your work environment?

Question 2: Do you like prints or avoid them in general? Do you think prints can look sophisticated?  I would love to know more about your style preferences.

11 Comments Post a comment
  1. I love the prints you showed, they look very attractive. Not only I repeat outfits, but I am now convinced that is the only way to look welldressed and develop consistent style. Most of my clothes are similar cut ( silk, cotton, wool or cashmere are preferable) and achieve the same silhouette. He minute you change the silhouette, one needs different shoes, coats, and possibly hair style as well. 😲

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    September 3, 2017
    • SA. #

      Lady Sarah, I think I need to just list all the gems I learn from you!! I never realized this – “The minute you change the silhouette, one needs different shoes, coats, and possibly hair style as well.” – How true!!!
      Reminds us all why silhouette is as important as fabric!

      I am happy to hear that you repeat outfits too! It gives me hope in a world of style bloggers with bottomless wardrobes. 🙂

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      September 3, 2017
  2. I can get what that style guide was getting at about avoiding prints—they can go wrong very quickly. But not to worry with yours, they are beautiful! I especially like the fuchsia/black/grey one.

    I’m not bothered with repeating outfits. I’ve always worn a lot of black pants, with a similar cut, and have multiples of black tees. I do enjoy over the top tropical/jungle prints, leopard print, brocades, and stripes of course.

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    September 3, 2017
    • SA. #

      Thank you! That peter-pan collar one was a Nordstrom purchase. It was discounted during the annual sale and I took a chance.

      I love that all blacks and tropical prints co-exist in your wardrobe!! 🙂


      September 3, 2017
  3. I recently had good luck with Poshmark! I got a silk dress that I definitely would not have been able to buy new.

    Repeating outfits is a necessity for me. My clothes are typically solid colors, but I do have 3 patterned (2 plaid, 1 dotted) casual shirts and a dress with a very loud pattern. I wouldn’t say I’m afraid of wearing prints, but I feel more comfortable wearing dark, solid colors.

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    September 3, 2017
    • SA. #

      I love your answer. It is always important to stay true to ones’s style! If solid is your thing, look no further! Congratulations on that good buy! 🙂 A silk dress sounds beautiful.


      September 3, 2017
  4. maiastras #

    It’s been a while and I am catching up on all your posts!

    The tops you chose look very chic and elegant. For the most part I avoid prints but have very particular patterns and items that I have kept or actively collected over the years. Surprisingly, I have a lot of skirts that are prints, but they tend to be woven, dyed, or hand printed. When it comes to prints, I think I prefer items that have a strong artistic and aesthetic character, which makes them standard items in my wardrobe, rather than a reminder of a trend. I don’t mind being remembered for these outfits 🙂

    I recently assessed my wardrobe for the cold weather season, and realized that I have a total of 44 items to work with (not including accessories and party dresses). In the end, I end up repeating outfits, because I don’t want to wear out certain items, but it doesn’t really bother me. I don’t think other people really care or notice, and if they do they don’t point it out. As lady sarah wrote, changing your silhouette requires a whole wardrobe shift, and I’m not so much for re-inventing my look frequently, although I enjoy watching others who do.

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    September 8, 2017
    • SA. #

      Thank you for stopping by M!
      The sound of a printed, woven or textured skirts sound wonderful! Do you pair them with solid tops? (Trying to imagine in my head!) I love the preference towards strong artistic element.
      I am loving that most of us do repeat outfits without feeling embarrassed or over thinking it!. That is how it ought to be. I am not very inventive either. Add to it that I am such creature of habit!! In fact, I am jealous of people who have a designated uniform for work. One of my friends works for a real estate company. They are given a couple of colors for each season – Black Trousers or Dresses , Blue on Top etc . She told me that, some times, the employees get their blouses/ shirts stitched by the same tailoring company with slight customization, according to each one’s preference. Though she was not really sold on it in the beginning, she loves the routine and easy maintenance of it now.

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      September 10, 2017
      • maiastras #

        I usually pair the skirts with solid tops – mostly neutrals (black, white, navy), but sometimes I choose one of my bright blue or green tops for a pop of color.
        Your friend is lucky! I dream of tailored clothing in general, but there’s an appeal to wearing something custom for work.

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        September 15, 2017
  5. I’ve been trying to shop second hand as the first place I look for something but I haven’t any luck yet! I’m neutral about prints. I don’t wear many myself, but don’t think they make one look un-sophisticated. I’m a strong believer in repeating outfits! I honestly don’t think people actually notice, haha.


    September 9, 2017
    • SA. #

      I agree. I don’t think people notice at all! If they do, then it just makes me more comfortable to do it more 🙂 About second hand shopping, it took me a while. But, now I am getting the hang of it. Finding a silk top for $20 has its own kick. But, the one thing I keep reminding myself is that there is no chance of returns.


      September 10, 2017

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