Fashion: Thinking Outside the Box

by Cate on February 2, 2011

Almost BoughtWhen it comes to looking for a particular piece of clothing (or even an accessory) for my wardrobe, I’ve learned that it’s good to think outside the box a bit.

My favorite work-out t-shirts are from the men’s section of Old Navy.  It’s a simple v-neck shirt, but the nearly-identical t-shirt on the women’s side is twice the price.  Go figure.  And this weekend?  The shirt on the women’s side was $12 and the shirt on the men’s side was $3.99.

Accessories meant for kids’ hair work just as well for grown-ups hair.  You know, excluding the bright pops of day-glo pink and Hello Kitty emblems.  Some of my favorite hair accessories have been Etsy buys that I bought with Madeline in mind.  She hasn’t jumped on the hair accessory bandwagon yet, and in the meantime, they work perfectly well for my hair.  And as Beth and I found out awhile back, hair accessories at J. Crew’s Crewcuts (their kid store) were cheaper than the adult counterparts across the hallway.  For the same basic thing.

That’s two easy ways to think outside the box when you’re trying to hunt something down … check the men’s department and the kid’s department as well.

I have one more for you.  Check sleepwear.

I have been mildly obsessed with trying to track down a heart-sequined shirt.  I’ve seen it off and on in magazines over the last year or so, and saw it again on tv last week.  Ok, Real Housewives of Atlanta, if you must know. I found the shirt pictured above this weekend and was closerthanthis to buying it.  It is so very similar, but I don’t like the gathered cap-like sleeves.  But more important, my point?  I found that shirt in the sleepwear section of Macy’s.  It’s 100% cotton, so very comfortable and I could totally have gotten away with it as daytime wear.  With the $12.99 price tag, I was more than tempted.  But the hunt continues.

And if you happen to see heart sequined t-shirts anywhere, do let me know!

Project 365
February 2, 2011, Photo #32

Pizza DeliveryOne of the perks to a snow day with the kids and having to work at home today … pizza delivery from Madeline. She warned me that it was hot and I should blow on it first. Then, not two minutes later, admonished me because I hadn’t eaten it yet.

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Sarah Caron February 2, 2011 at 6:49 pm

LOL — That’s so cute (Madeline and the pizza).

I’ve been using Paige’s hair things too … they’re cute, and they cost way less than the adult ones. Go figure.

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Joanne February 3, 2011 at 7:19 am

Aww Madeline is adorable!

I’ve definitely bought sleepwear at H+M. Unintentionally. And then only figured it out when a girl who works there stopped me on the street and asked me if I knew that I was wearing pajamas. Well…no one else in my life had noticed!

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paula February 3, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Does this count? The other night my feet were cold and all my clean socks were in the freezing cold basement. I discovered that, believe it or not, my 7 year old’s socks fit my huge clown feet. The reinforced heel didn’t quite reach my actual heel but my feet were warm all night.

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Ramona February 3, 2011 at 1:01 pm

I like that shirt. Madeline is cute.

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Laura February 3, 2011 at 5:40 pm

I have been snapping up hair accesories at the dollar store!

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