11.01.2011

$10 challenge #1

while reading a favorite blog of mine, vintage vixen, one of vix's readers challenged her to post an entire outfit for under 5 pounds and she did so w/o hesitation.  you can see vix's outfit HERE.   there is so much to love about vix.  besides being a vegetarian, her inspiring personal style and committment to it is a joy to read about.  she lives a very frugal but very full and fun life in jolly old england.  i am so jealous of her seamstress skills because she can whip up an outfit out of an old curtain panel in a couple of hours.  you must go visit her and say hello.  it will make your day - i promise.

so on to my challenge.  i decided to see if i could put an outfit together for under $10 and i was quite surprised that i had quite a few options.  so for the next few days that's what i'll be doing, posting my cheapest of cheapest outfits!  aren't you excited? 

up first is an outfit that proves that you can find really great classic clothing at yardsales and thriftshops. 












details of outfit

ann taylor silk blouse - .25 (yardsale)
banana republic camel, wool, fully lined skirt - .25 (yardsale)
hue tights - $1 (marshalls)
bandolino kitten heels - $3 (thriftshop)
old bag (not me!) - $3 (rose bowl)
necklace - .50 (yardsale)

total - $8





xo
janet


48 comments:

  1. You're amazing....stylishly amazing.

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  2. Wow I'm impressed! Classic outfit and less than $10!

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  3. Hi Janet,
    Love your outfit...wanted to visit Vintage Vixen and neither links works for me. Can you send me her blog address? lavenderhillstudio(at)att.net

    Thanks!

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  4. What a cool idea...I would unfortunately be in my skivvies (assuming those don't count) and an $8.00 H and M tank top if I took this challenge.

    That skirt is exactly the type I am currently on the hunt for. I really need to get into the local thrift stores and yard sales and see what I can find. Why do I resist?

    You are looking marvelous, as usual. xo, A

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  5. I think your yard sales and thrift shops are better in Calif.
    xo Dianne

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  6. OMG, you look fabulous!

    I just find basic t-shirts and flannels on my thrifting excursions here!

    Do I hear a thrifting trip to Calif. calling my name?! :)

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  7. Classic styles on your svelte figure, beautiful!

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  8. Old bag?? Puhleez.
    I saw a skirt very similar to yours in the window of a thrift shop just today. I think I will go back and take a closer look tomorrow...
    Karin @lifeinsmallchunks.blogspot.com

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  9. Oh my goodness you totally rock, you are undeniably the goddess of vintage and thrift.
    I cannot get over how amazing you look in that classic ensemble. Great work!

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  10. First word that popped into my head: "Wow." Second word: "Impressive."

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  11. That isone classically beautiful outfit...on one stunning lady (no old bag, how could you dare tease yourself like that?!). Whilst I couldn't match your thrifting prowess, I am proud of my eBay purchases and now really don't want much. Not when I need furniture, appliances, and a new garden overhaul!

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  12. AMAZING... You look beautiful!!!!! Great finds. :)

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  13. I knew Steve would say something about an old bag. You look gorgeous! (as usual)

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  14. You look fabulous. what an interesting challenge.

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  15. Janet - that is so my kind of outfit and I can't believe you put it all together for under $10.

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  16. I'm so flattered! Thanks for the mention, Janet.
    You look absolutely stunning, such a classy and elegant outfit for less than the price of a takeaway.
    I can't wait to see what else you come up with for $10 xxx

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  17. That's amazing. Okay I am excited for this series!

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  18. I love a challenge! I never find things at yard sales. Thrift shops, yes; yard sales, no.

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  19. No way. .25?

    I'm still dreaming of that couch your son got for 10.00.

    You look amazing.

    I will be unable to pick up that gauntlet, but I will sit in tobaccoless envy and read.

    xo Jane

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  20. ahhh, this is why we love you. donna

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  21. That outfit is fabulous and I am amazed you put it together for less than $10.

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  22. Hi Janet,

    Whatever you wear, you will always look stylish!!!

    Have a lovely day,

    Madelief x

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  23. I LOVE this outfit, Janet. You look fabulous - very hip and chic. You have a wonderful eye for fashion and what look good together. Looking forward to your other outfits in the $10 and under range. Inspiring.

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  24. This outfit is my favorite on you to date. You looks fantastic. Funny, I noticed your necklace and thought, Janet never wears big chunky necklaces-It looks great!!

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  25. Fabulous! No reason to head to the mall. I love it.

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  26. you look gorgeous!
    and i'm inspired.
    thank you!

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  27. Janet,

    I love this! And may I say how amazing you look. I used to have a similar camel skirt, kinda wish I had kept it.

    You are my idol!!!

    Linda

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  28. I love the entire outfit, especially the skirt, and I can't believe the prices!!!! You are a great Hunter of fashion (as opposed to the other kind).

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  29. Ooh I love this classy outfit, great bargains, I actually have a v similar shirt I got second hand for 10p, I wear it constantly, love when that happens! :)

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  30. I think you look great. I am beginning to think you would look great in a brown paper sack! You are adorable. I love the back and forth with Steve. It makes me laugh. Have a beautiful day!

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  31. Well done! I can't wait to see more!

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  32. Your love of a challenge always come across so clearly!
    Amazing prices.

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  33. OMG...YOU ARE THE BOMB !! AS MY GRANDDAUGHTER USED TO SAY LOL. I LOVE THAT OUTFIT. SO SWEET. SUSIE

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  34. Amazing!! And your hair looks shorter and oh so sassy! Did you get a haircut recently? LOVE IT!!!! Outfits under 10$ --that's a really great idea---interesting and challenging--and so good for the planet. Recycling at its best.
    -Suzanne in Illinois

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  35. Totally fab Janet! You have a fantastic figure. If I was putting together a $10 dollar outfit the rest of you would have to shield your little eyes with blindfolds, because where I live I'd be lucky to get a pair of ankle socks for that sum!(I'll spare you the photo!)

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  36. Madeline and I read your post togther today and both LOVED it! You look fabulous and to think that you put that look together for under $10 bucks...priceless!! And we laughed at the old bag joke...so cute. Can't wait to see what you come up with the next few days. BTW, I've been thrifting a lot lately and still can't seem to come up with any wardrobe finds...I'm so jealous!

    xo
    annie

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  37. Hi Janet,
    Running through rabbit holes brought me out at your cottage and what a stunning blog you have ... and your style is just fantastic.
    So glad I found your blog.
    Have a fabulous day

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  38. That outfit is amazing!!! you do have a WAY OF PUTTING THINGS TOGETHER!!! Beautiful!!!!!!! Terri

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  39. Hi there......following you from Vintage Vix......what a elgant outfit you put together! I am always amazed at the prices other bloggers manage to get! I never come close to these type of prices where I live.

    http://denisesdressingroom.blogspot.com/

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