Outfit Post: Businesswear and Bedtime Duds on a Budget

Professional and Pajamas for Less Than $20 

Most of my work wardrobe is used. It is a hodgepodge of consignment sale, thrift store and garage sale finds. I'm always on the hunt so outfits come together in pieces. 

I always start by shopping for brands I'm familiar with. However, one of my favorite things about shopping resale is the redemption that comes from brands you might not be into in a retail setting. Secondhand levels the playing field. Someone's tossable Jaclyn Smith for Kmart blazer can become your next date night knockout piece. 

Here is one of my favorite work looks paired with my daughter's favorite summer jammies.

My Outfit Details

Pants: Express Editor Crop, $7 via consignement sale
Top: INC, $3 via Goodwill
Shoes: Biviel, free via former boss hand-me-down

I refuse to buy new pajamas for my daughter. The wear is minimal. Kids mostly sleep and eat breakfast in them. Guided by this thrifty reasoning, my toddler only wears used jammies to bed. Nighttime accidents happen and tossing a pair of used jammies feels less wasteful than a new pair.  

Toddler Outfit Details

Pajamas: Hanna Andersson, $5 via JBF Tacoma sale
Crocs: $4.50 via Goodwill


Tricycle: $5 via Grandparents from a garage sale

I love seeing how your favorite looks come together. Tag us on Instagram @SwapMeetMama or share it on Facebook.

Posted in clothes, fashion, outfit, secondhand, shopping 9/2/2014 at 6:31am by Jen Rittenhouse

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Jen is the co-creator of Swap Meet Mama. She is a copywriter, marketer and trend spotter by trade. She loves to build things that connect with people and believes in the power of thrift store shopping. Her daughter, Stella Mae (aka, Maeby, Mae Mae and Nena) dresses almost exclusively in denim and secondhand duds.

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