Secondhand Style Day 4: Is This a Dress or a Nightgown?

Secondhand Style Day 4: Is This a Dress or a Nightgown?

Last week, LearnVest Editorial Assistant Alden Wicker challenged herself to wear only clothing from thrift stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army for a week on behalf of the environmental news blog Grist. We'll be posting her progress every day until the end of the week, so keep checking back to see how she's doing, and weigh in on her outfit choices in the comments! See her outfits from day three, two and one.

Fourth day of Alden's Grist dare

I'm so bored by my outfit today, I can't even tell you.

I tried to punch up this H&M maxi dress, but I don't have any colorful jewelry or scarves. So I braided my hair, put on a huge pair of earrings I bought some time ago at Goodwill Annapolis and tried some bright red lipstick for a more bohemian look. But really, I'm still wearing a black nightgown. The office has been silent about my outfit, which I'm going to have to interpret as quiet disapproval.

On the bright side, yesterday I got this lovely email from a fan:

Let me put it this way ... Were I not happily married, and if I saw you wearing that outfit in, say, the local grocery co-op, I'd be looking for a ring.

Sir, you can find me each week at the Flatbush Food Co-op in Brooklyn, in case you are wondering.

I wish I knew which outfit he was talking about! Probably the one where my boobs were on display. I spent all day tugging, tugging, tugging. I had to hang up a picture and I was afraid if I reached too far over my head, everything would just pop out. But I made it through the day with no major mishaps. One commenter asked if I hadn't even tried on the dress. Well, yes, I did try it on. I tried everything on. But I was so thrilled I guess I just said to myself, "It's tight, but doable!" Or else I put on some pounds last week. Entirely possible.

Tonight I'll finally have time to hit the yoga studio and try out my thrift store exercise clothes. I'll let you know how it goes!


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