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Thrift Challenge No. 9: Autumn Plaid



For this month’s Thrift Challenge, it’s all about fall and cozy looks.  Katie challenged me to thrift this effortless plaid and blazer outfit from Make Life Easier. I challenged her to recreate another fall must-have; cozy stripes and distressed denim.


Plaid is a mega thrift store staple. I spotted tons of plaid button downs while shopping for this look but wasn’t sold on any of the red ones I found. I used to have a shirt almost identical to this red flannel but I sold it at a vintage sale. So I opted for a green plaid J.Crew button down instead. I paired it with a blazer I already owned, one that gets a lot of milage for both work and play.

I love that the blogger in the original look didn’t really accessorize. She kept it simple by making the plaid shirt the focal point of the outfit.  If you read this post, you will know I’ve been struggling with inspiration for fall. The transition from breezy maxi skirts to layering basic tees with scarves has been rough for me, so I need all the help I can get this season. This challenge did just that. It made me realize I’ve been thinking too hard about fall fashion and that it’s all about adding a statement piece and working your way from there.



Instead of nude pumps, I went with a pair of thrifted booties and my favorite 1990s backpack purse. This outfit is laid back enough for the weekend yet also professional for a casual Friday look for the office.


I can’t get enough of this shirt and pairing it with a navy blazer is just one of about a dozen different ways I can wear it this fall.

The Details: 
Shirt: J.Crew | Village Discount Outlet | $5
Blazer: Already owned
Jeans: Already owned |Old Navy |$20
Boots: Target | Goodwill in Canal Fulton |$5
Bag: Vintage | Goodwill on Waterloo Rd | $1.80


Now let’s head over to Something to be Found to see how Katie distressed a pair of jeans and paired it with a cozy striped shirt!