10 In Upcycling


Finally we have a little cool weather.  With the last remnants of summer comes the urge to update your wardrobe for fall.  This can always be a little daunting.  You can envision yourself wandering around the mall for hours on end, not to mention that fall clothes cost at least four times more than spring/summer clothes.  One nice piece can blow your entire clothing budget.

I spent ten days hitting two different thrift stores in Dallas close to my home, and one crazy estate sale.  I came up with five easy to find pieces that will completely update your fall wardrobe without leaving you destitute.

Number one:  The leather jacket.  I find amazing leather jackets at the thrift store all the time.  Above and below was an amazing find for thirty dollars–and no, it’s not pleather.

Number two:  A great tailored blazer.

This is a great find!  Eighties Armani double breasted jacket.  I love that it’s a little roomy–I’m going to use it as outerwear.

Number Three:  Vintage fur collar.  Fur collars are the best for taking a casual look to luxe in a second.

Number four:  The perfect grey sweatshirt.

Remember this look on Taylor Tomasi?

Add the fur collar to your basic grey sweatshirt, and Voila!

Number five:  Basic Tee with cut out arms.  Jane and I always cut the arms out of vintage tees–makes them so much easier to layer. 

Shown here under leather jacket.

The breakdown:

Leather jacket $30.00

Tailored blazer: $60.00 (I thought this was a little high–but it is Armani)

Fur collar:  $40.00 (again, a little high.  This was found at an estate sale in my neighborhood, and it’s in pristine condition.  When buying vintage, I’m always willing to pay a little extra for something in extra good condition! )

Basic sweatshirt and Tee $5.00

Total: $135.00!!!

I hope this inspires you to get out this weekend and go thrifting–you never know what treasures await you.

Big thanks to my model. 😉


  • Stephanie
    October 4, 2012 at 9:47 pm

    Just curious, what brand is the leather jacket? It looks very similar to some that Victoria’s Secret came out with a couple years ago for their Pink line.

  • chauss
    October 4, 2012 at 10:38 pm

    i love this look soooo much!
    the fur and sweatshirt look great together. of course, jane is the perfect model for this.
    i so wanna go thrifting with you.
    xoxo chauss

  • SE
    October 5, 2012 at 1:03 am

    Thanks for this, Judy, it is just the inspiration I need to hit the thrift stores this weekend. No. 1 on my list is a leather jacket. All of these looks are great but Jane in that leather jacket, just perfection.

  • judy ALDRIDGE
    October 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm


    The jacket is not VS–it’s actually Luella for Target–remember way back in the day when the Target collabs were so great? She did it then–i don’t even look at them anymore.

    • Stephanie
      October 5, 2012 at 6:29 pm

      REALLY?! It looks great! And I agree, the Target collaborations have definitely gone down hill. Great post!

  • judy ALDRIDGE
    October 5, 2012 at 2:53 pm

    Chauss–Come down and see us!!

  • Ivy
    October 5, 2012 at 3:08 pm

    I am obessed with thrifting! I have the most amazing thrift stores around me.

    Recent finds:
    -Vintage Lanvin shirt dress w. Lanvin branded print: $5
    -Perfectly worn-in 90s Dooney and Coach bags (I’ve become obessed w. collecting/hoarding these): All around $15
    -Krizia shoes that could be 1st cousins w. those glittery MiuMius that were out a minute ago: $5.

    I recently got the most insane dress I have ever seen in my life. It’s kind of a ruffled disco dress situation made out of 3 different prints. I can’t even describe it. As soon as I saw it, I thought it was a Jane and Judy dress. Still trying to channel you kitens to figure out how to style it.

    I recently went thrifting in Palm Beach. Holy fuck. Have you been there? There are the real thrift stores (which are still sick) and the thrift stores on the island (ie the Goodwill boutique store), I have never, ever seen such socialite ish in my entire life. There was one store that was all vintage Chanel suits. Like, my mind couldn’t wrap itself around what I was seeing (caveat: I live in NYC and have collecting vintage literally my whole life, so it’s not like I am some hayseed mouthbreathing on something just bc it has a Chanel logo of dubious provenance or whatever).

  • judy ALDRIDGE
    October 5, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    SE: Tell us if you find anything great–send pics!

  • judy ALDRIDGE
    October 5, 2012 at 4:22 pm


    Incredible finds! I love it when that happens. Jane and I did make it to Palm Beach. Fabulous thrifting and vintage! Found an amazing Dior suit that I love!

  • laurren
    October 7, 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Really enjoyed this post, Judy! I’ve been looking for a thrift store leather jacket for years now (trying not to shell out 600+ for something new/love when I can find something already a bit worn in), but always have a difficult time finding something small enough. This gives me hope! : ) I live in Nashville, and the thrift/vintage stores are pretty good here, but the prices don’t seem to be as reasonable as what you’ve found. The search continues!

    Thanks for the inspiration!