This linen top is another thrift store find. I’ve been looking for more orange/rust/brown-colored tops (earth tones like those look good on me), and I was drawn to the cute little flowers embroidered on this. Of course, being linen, it wrinkles like crazy (these pants do, too – they wrinkle almost as soon as I put them on) but I’ve learned to just not give a fuck. It’s been so hot lately that I can only tolerate natural, breathable fabrics like cotton and linen. I’d take the wrinkles over sweaty, smelly synthetic fabrics any day.
If you’ve been reading the blog for a while then you know I’ve always lamented the lack of thrift/vintage shops in Vietnam. Well, during the quarantine, I was browsing around Instagram out of boredom and stumbled upon a few local vintage/second-hand shops – it’s where I got this dress, this dress, and the dress I’m wearing here. You can imagine my excitement, and I’ve been happily replenishing my closet since. In fact, I’ve made a point to only buy second-hand from now on, including shoes. I have enough basic stuff in my closet to last me a long time, so I can just replace things as I go.
The good thing about thrifting now, as opposed to when I first started the blog, is that I have a clearer idea of what I like, so I’m more selective about what I buy. Of course, the cheap price is still a temptation, but I’ve tried to be more conscientious (before I buy anything, I always try to come up with at least three-five outfits for it) and so far everything I’ve bought has worked out – as you’ll see.
As I cleaned out and reorganized my closet during the lockdown, I put away a number of cardigans – some that are too old, some that don’t fit or are not my style anymore. This one, though, is one of the few that I still keep, mainly because the embroideries are too pretty to pass up. I didn’t wear it as much as I’d like to because it’s a bit short, but now that high-waisted pants are in style again, it actually pairs quite well with them, so I’m happy to bring it out more often.