Secondhand Style Day 2: Is Used Underwear Ever Okay?

Secondhand Style Day 2: Is Used Underwear Ever Okay?

This is the second day of Editorial Assistant Alden's "Grist dared me to make a change" challenge, which required her to wear only clothing from thrift stores like Goodwill and Salvation Army for a week! Check out how she did on her first day, and come back tomorrow to see what she'll wear next.

Second day of Alden's Grist dare

My outfit yesterday went over really well! The editorial team all loved it. Maria, our editor, said I looked stylishly French, and—unprompted, mind you—CEO Alexa von Tobel interrupted herself in the middle of a sentence to tell me how cute I looked.

I've read that artists actually like to work within parameters: Boxing themselves in, paradoxically, encourages more creativity and artistic excellence. So maybe shopping at Goodwill has unleashed my inner fashionista. After all, walking into a big department store is overwhelming. My heart rate actually goes up faced with all those choices.

Yesterday, four of us here at LearnVest got into a conversation about buying used underwear. Three of us thought that it's really gross. If it's a matter of price, one can go to Kmart and get a three-pack for $9.50. One coworker, however, pointed out that it's really just a mental thing. If you are struggling to make ends meet, just throw it in the wash with some bleach.

Personally, I prefer to go new. As someone on the editorial team put it, "Used underwear crosses the line between cool and thrifty, and crazy and schlumpy." What do you think, dear readers?

I had wanted to give equal weight to other thrift stores like Salvation Army and Housing Works while shopping, but I did such a thorough job at Goodwill, I'm set for the week! I actually had to pare down my choices to a final eight outfits. In fact, I think I went a little overboard. But there are still a couple of things I have yet to find: athletic shoes and casual flip-flops. I'm going to my friend's mountain house this weekend and I will be hiking and horseback riding and doing other summery things. So far I've only found tennis shoes of the orthopedic variety. Help!

Yesterday was such a success; I'm going bold today with my outfit. Also, my outfits for the rest of the week require those black heels again, and I would like to give my poor feet a break. Unfortunately, these sandals are cute, but are working hard to give my feet blisters. No wonder they were given away! You'll also see that I'm wearing a watch. I cheated. The watch was mine before but it looks so darn good with the shirt, and I missed being able to check it yesterday.

So, what do you think? Is this outfit amazing? Or just embarrassing?


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