It was Nancy’s turn to set the theme of August’s Thrifty Six challenge, and she chose “Fool’s Gold”. I was really stuck for something gold that’s preloved – which surprised me given how much stuff I buy second hand. But then I remembered this gold sequin dress that I bought on eBay a couple of years ago. I wore it for another Thrifty Six theme last year, along with the same earrings and shoes…that’s being really thrifty I guess!
Most of the sequinned pieces in my wardrobe are silver – maybe that’s because gold is harder to find. It’s certainly not because I like it any less; quite the opposite – I find it more flattering against my skin tone. This dress is more of a champagne gold than a true yellow gold. This softer shade would look good with any skin tone, unlike a harsher brassy gold. Fortunately, these Betsey Johnson shoes match perfectly – I’ve tried other shoes with the dress but it I always come back to these beauties.
So where does the term “fool’s gold” come from? Well, it originally referred to the mineral iron pyrite, which has a metallic lustre and is a pale brass-yellow in colour. Pyrite came to be known as “fool’s gold” due to its resemblance to real gold, but now the term usually means something that is flashy but essentially worthless. I guess I must have a lot of fool’s gold in my jewellery collection! Like a magpie, I’m naturally drawn to sparkly, shiny things, regardless of their monetary value. My cocktail ring is a perfect example of this – I only paid a couple of pounds for it in a charity shop but I love it. The more sparkles the better!
SHOP THE LOOK
Kitri dress (from eBay) | Betsey Johnson shoes | Asos clutch (old) | ring from a charity shop | Coast earrings
This is my birthday month. The 31st. So I actually wanted a theme with my zodiac sign, Virgo. But no matter how I searched, I couldn’t find a connection anywhere for my zodiac sign and a pre-loved outfit. I could have done a photo of a dress and dustpan and dustpan in hand, because everywhere it says that the virgin is very tidy, and that’s true, but I didn’t like that very much. And then I got to gold, and then to fools gold. Gold, because I love clothes with gold, gold boots, gold buttons, gold thread etc. And fools gold because I bought this dress a long time ago and I don’t know how to style it. So the dress kinda fools me.
I had forgotten about this amazing gold satin blouse with little leopards all over it that I had found on my last thrifting adventure. So this was the winner for a Fool’s Gold theme! I paired it with a recently thrifted faux leather mini skirt in burgundy (with silver zipper and buckles – I wish they were gold!). I also had a thrifted gold sequined clutch, but I couldn’t decide between 3 different bags so I photographed the outfit with all 3. Stop by my blog and tell me which one is best! I loaded up on gold accessories—all fake costume gold…just like fool’s gold!
All that glitters is not gold…sometimes worthless things sparkle – but true quality has brilliance! In life and in fashion, the difference is clear! This dress is pure silk, rich and magnificent…It’s enough, it needs no more; no synthetic spangle, no vulgar bling. Less is more, a triumph for the understated! So…do you know shit from Shinola? – Can you tell Pyrite from Aurum? Know it at a glance and know you have style!
“What could be better for a Leo girl than styling up some gold?! Right in my element with this shiny tube top layered under a lamé jacket- paired with cutest teeny purse! Can never pass up gold finds on my thrill of the thrift hunts!”
“I went thrifting a lot in the past month—and in Las Vegas no less—but I couldn’t find anything gold that I absolutely loved. So I ended up wearing this hand-me-down gold threaded mock-neck for a super chic outfit, something I could see myself wearing to New York Fashion Week if I was cool enough. I stood in front of the mirror a long time trying to decide if the gold top clashed with the brown shorts, but I ultimately thought it was a stylish combo. And of course, I had to top the outfit off with my favorite shoes ever—snakeskin Valentino Rockstud dupes. I felt like a million bucks!”
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