Remember all that resistance I outlined in previous posts about gettin’ in the Fall spirit? All gone. Bring me all the pumpkin spice you have. All of it. And while you’re at it, please make me this.
Seeing as we’re less than 30 days away from my favourite fright night, Halloween, I thought it’d be cool to showcase different easy, thrifted Halloween costumes. But since I never plan anything that far in advance, this is probably the only one you’ll get. This 100% thrifted ensemble was pulled together for my friend Sandra’s 30th birthday. She lives at an old apartment in Hamilton that actually says “The Anchor” on the front door (maybe it used to be a pub for sailors weary from their travels on Lake Ontario?). Given this appropriate location, and Sandra’s love for the high seas, she hosted a nautical theme party.
Initially, I thought I could easily pull something together from what I already have. I’ve dressed like a sailor by accident and by design on many’an occassion. But my sister also needed some nautical wears, so I gave her my sailor shorts, and headed to the thrift store the day before the party. Risky, I know, but I’m a sailor. Not TWO MINUTES into my trip, I pulled out this vintage dress (with the red belt!) and tried it on. $8 later, I was ready to tighten up the cunningham, despite having no idea what that means. I finished the look with these $2 clip on earrings (because if you can’t wear tacky clip-ons to a theme party, then when can you?), and a scarf from Deja Vu on King Street in Hamilton that I’ve had for years.
The night was a success on all counts: a photobooth, dance party, snacks, and more stripes than a chain gang from O’ Brother Where Art Thou. And since we weren’t actually on a boat, nobody pulled a Rachel:
Dress: Salvation Army | $8
Scarf: Deja Vu | $2
Earrings: Salvation Army | $2
Purse: Clothing Swap | $0.50
Shoes: Talize | $10