Why Not Wear a Furry Blue Coat?

This outfit starts with a furry blue coat* and just gets better from there!

Outfit: furry blue coat, oversized white sweater, high waisted plaid shorts, navy blue tights, beige t-strap high heels, curly pink hair

The last time you saw this coat it smelled like cigarette smoke (see the thrift haul video here) and now it’s cleaned up and I look smokin’ in it! So how did I get here?

Well, after months of trying various cleaning methods and being afraid to wash a “dry-clean only” vintage coat, I threw caution to the wind and threw this thang in the wash. It felt like a Muppet, what’s the worst that could happen? Nothing happened except the smell miraculously went away and it became a free, new-to-me coat.

Outfit detail: vintage furry blue coat, oversized white sweater, high waisted plaid shorts, navy blue tights Outfit: furry blue coat, oversized white sweater, high waisted plaid shorts, navy blue tights, beige t-strap high heels, curly pink hair Outfit details: navy blue tights and beige t-strap high heels

In fact, most of this outfit is cheap, free, or thrifted. The most expensive item are the stellar t-strap heels I found at an outlet store for $10. I am all over inexpensive shoes for my big feet!

These earrings tho, guys. I may or may not have cut my hair off for the sole purpose of wearing cool earrings and then failed so hard when I couldn’t find decently priced ear cuffs/ear jackets. Then out of sheer luck, I recently found jewelry on clearance for $1 at Wal-Mart and I snagged multiple goodies. (See the haul on my instagram)

I often feel bad thrifting most of my wardrobe and not being able to hook you guys up with where I get my style, so I’m excited to be able to share the Wal-Mart jewelry deal with you. Definitely check to see if your store is running the deal too!

Outfit details: $1 ear jacket from Wal-Mart and gold shine necklace Outfit: furry blue coat, oversized white sweater, high waisted plaid shorts, navy blue tights, beige t-strap high heels, curly pink hair

As you might have guessed, the other parts of my outfit were thrifted. The plaid shorts and over-sized sweater came from the same thrift store but many months apart. How cool is that? I highly doubt they belonged to the same owner but now they get to mingle together in my closet.

If you want more tips on how I get clothing for free, like this jacket; check out this video post for all the deets. I’m hoping to cover lots more thrifty topics this year so feel free to let me know in the comments what you’re struggling with. You can also let me know anonymously in my reader survey that I’m keeping open until the end of the weekend. Thank you for all the responses so far! They’ve been funny, enlightening, and even a little strange. I wouldn’t expect anything less from you guys!

Outfit: furry blue coat, oversized white sweater, high waisted plaid shorts, navy blue tights, beige t-strap high heels, curly pink hair

*No stuffed animals were harmed in the making of this coat.
outfit-details-02Thrifted coat, shorts, and sweater, $3 total
Blue Wal-Mart tights, $2
Gold Wal-Mart ear jackets, $1
Outlet Store high heels, $10
Wet’n’Wild  Lip color in Mauve Outta Here

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  • I love a shorts/tights combo! I wish I could get away with it at work. The shoes are killerrrrrrrr.

    • Thank you, Jamie! Maybe you could pull it off as an after-work look??

  • Ana Valentin

    I love, love, love this outfit! And I definitely have those scary “should I, should I not” moments with a lot of clothes deemed dry-clean only. Glad this was a high risk-high reward situation.

    • One time I took a chance on washing a partially sequined sweater and I ended up with a partial sweater. 😐 I’m glad I have a triumphant story like this to share instead! haha

  • Love this look!

  • You look like the hottest sapphire on the web right now! I LOVE that coat and hey I’ve totally been there with washing vintage things. But I’m the worst at putting anything I can find in the washing machine. Dog toys, stuffed animals, shower curtains, pillows, shoes, you name it! But the only thing I’ve ever ruined in a washing machine after 12 years of doing laundry was two fringe tops. Those you can NEVER untagle. Just don’t do it!

    • Wow, impressive! One time ain’t so bad. And I’ve been there with fringe too! I think it was a jacket and I ended up having to cut the fringe off and then it looked stupid so I threw it away and then I felt dumb for buying it in the first place.

      Thanks, Lyndsey!! 😀

  • Love that coat, wonderful that you were able to get the smell out in the end! 🙂

    I’ve done the same thing and washed dry-clean only items when I’ve had no choice left as nothing else worked, and so far I’ve been lucky to avoid any ruined clothing, phew! I don’t have to do it often though, so that’s probably why it’s always turned out okay.

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Good going! Sometimes I wonder what the big hype is about labeling something “dry clean only” when it has no problem being washed. Will people think it’s fancy and drop more cash on it or is it just a scare tactic to properly wash your clothes?? Hmm..

  • Anna Martin

    That coat is a dream! Love love love it! <3 The tights with the shoes is a great combo. The neutral color of the shoes really pops in the outfit!

    – Anna

    http://www.melodicthriftychic.com

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