Too Thrifty Chicks: There’s thrifty style to be found in the men’s department
by Ashante Reese
Special to The Star
Apr 07, 2013 | 7699 views |  0 comments | 283 283 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Photo: Markeshia Ricks/Special to The Star
Photo: Markeshia Ricks/Special to The Star
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The Too Thrifty Chicks love buying shirts from both the men’s and the boy’s sections of the thrift store — dress shirts, T-shirts, sweatshirts — we have them all. Though we are fairly slender, both Ricks and I tend to be a bit broader in the shoulders. Tops made for women are often cut too narrow in the shoulders, and men’s and boy’s shirts tend to be a great alternative.

I was recently in the mood to wear this ultra-feminine, almost bubble-like skirt, but I wasn’t exactly sure how I wanted to style it. First, I threw on a black and white plaid shirt with a sweater. That didn’t work so well. Honestly, it made me look like I was carrying some extra weight in the midsection, and I didn’t want to encourage any speculations about a [nonexistent] tiny human growing inside me. I then tried pairing the skirt with a black, purple and silver sequin top, but its shape didn’t work well with the skirt.

Then I tried pairing this boy’s size 14, pale yellow button-down shirt with the skirt. I am not usually a button-down and skirt kind of girl, but when I saw the combination together I knew I had picked a winner. The pairing is pretty traditional and if you’ve been following this column at all, you know we don’t really do traditional without adding a little something to give it some pizzazz.

Since it’s still a little chilly, the ensemble needed some tights, but what color? I started with green, but thought they were a little too putrid of a contrast with the yellow. I moved on to blue and wasn’t feeling that either. Eventually I settled on a dark purple pair to contrast the pale shade of the shirt. Then I threw on a pearl necklace, earrings, the best patent leather black booties ever, and some MAC Ruby Woo lipstick. I gave myself a look in the mirror, and thought, “Girl you betta weeerrrrkkk!”

Next time you go to the thrift store, check out the boy’s and the men’s section, especially if you’re a girl who finds herself saying “this-doesn’t-fit-me-quite-right” far too often.
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