Vintage Plaid Skirt

Photos by Sarah Veyna
Outfit Details:
Forever 21 Clutch/Wallet
Lace Peter Pan Collar Top (Similar here and here)
Vintage Plaid Skirt (Similar here and here)
Franco Sarto Stilettos (Similar here and here)
This outfit is proof that you don’t have to spend tons of money to look like a million bucks. Believe it or not, this vintage skirt was only $3(a fact that I’m extremely proud of)! I purchased it two weekends ago when I attended a sample sale atย Shareen’s Vintageย with my friends Sara and Shantal. I had never been to one of these types of events before, and was surprised at how serious most of the women in attendance were about finding the perfect bargain; it seemed like most of the best items were claimed within a matter of minutes. Luckily for me, nobody else thought that this skirt was worthy enough to add to their wardrobe. I was immediately drawn to it because it is a piece that can easily be dressed up or down, and I think the plaid print on it is really fun and beautiful.
The rest of the items featured in this post weren’t that much more expensive than this skirt. The peter pan collar top I’m wearing was less than $10 at a small boutique, and the shoes were marked down from about $100 to $35. My secret to finding good quality items for such low prices is patience and a little bit of research. I have been known to monitor the price of certain items for weeks until they go on sale, and I’m always on the lookout for promo codes. Every once in a while, I also stop by stores like Ross and Nordstrom Rack to check if they have any good deals; sometimes you have to be willing to search through racks and piles of random clothes and shoes in order to find something that is perfect for you. Even though my current shopping habits are out of necessity, I don’t think I’ll ever change; I just really enjoy the rush and sense of accomplishment of getting a great deal.



I hope you all had a terrific weekend. ย Mine was both fun and super productive. On Saturday I went to see the Hello!Exploring the Supercute of Hello Kitty Exhibition at the Japanese American National Museum, and it was awesome! I’m working on post for later this week so that I can tell you more about it. I also turned in my first grad school application. I’ve been talking about the process for months, so it’s good to finally feel like it’s coming to an end; I’m so grateful that I have so many supportive friends and family members that were willing to give me feedback on my application. I have to say that regardless of whether I’m accepted into a program or not, it’s been a very positive experience to take time to map out goals and think about the future.
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  • Oh wow! This is perfect! I adore the vintage plaid skirt!


  • What great finds! That skirt looks stunning on you!!


    La Joie de Vivre

  • This look is adorable, it's tough sometimes to make vintage look current and trendy- keep up the awesome work!!:):)

    • Thank you, Gwendolyn! I definitely agree that it's difficult to make vintage look current and trendy. There were so many pieces at the vintage sample sale that I fell in love with, but I couldn't think of a way of incorporating them into my wardrobe.

  • Aww you look so pretty Helen! Love this look on and you and I can't believe you got that skirt for only $3! I've always wanted to visit Shareen's Vintage so you are so lucky to have gotten it for such a good price since I've heard (don't know first hand) that it can be pricey there! And I love me good deals especially at Nordstrom Rack because they have so much good stuff there!

    • Thank you so much, Katherine! You should definitely visit Shareen's Vintage next time you're in L.A. It's such a cute place and their selection is amazing. I do have to say that it is very pricey, but if you could make it down to a sample sale, their pieces are worth it. Plus, the staff is so nice! My friend was there because she wanted to look at bridesmaid dresses and they were so helpful.

  • Your skirt is so cute! I hope you start painting again soon!

    • Thanks, Laura! I'd love to see some of your own paintings on your blog once you start painting again. ๐Ÿ˜€

  • This look is so gorgeous!, I love your skirt and shoes ๐Ÿ™‚

  • This skirt is so pretty! I love the print and texture! It looks lovely with the lace top! Very chic and ladylike outfit ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thank you, Ina! The texture is even prettier in person. Unfortunately, my camera couldn't capture it as well.

  • Adorable F21 clutch! Love it! Great skirt too. I love vintage pieces!

    Jessica |

    • Thanks, Jessica! I don't own many vintage pieces but am really thinking about expanding my collection.

  • Wow~ Love this skirt! You are so beautiful! You can check out my new outfit post!
    xx Mary

  • Cee

    That skirt is just the prettiest vintage piece! I find it so hard to find a good plaid that is, well, mostly black – since black is my favourite colour – but you've found the perfect one. And I love the way you styled this look so simply, it really lets the skirt shine.

    • Thank you, Cee! I definitely meant to keep this outfit simple and effortless. I don't like outfits that take too much effort to put together.

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  • Lovely outfit! And what an amazing skirt for $3!!! Completely agree, looking great does not mean spending a ton of money ๐Ÿ™‚