farmStyle: Cozy Comforts

farmStyle is about form, function and yeah, in colder weather, WARMTH.Hi, I’m Abby. My sister and I are excited to talk about how we dress, where we shop and what we love to wear! One of our favorite places to go shopping is the thrift store. I know … you’re thinking, “What about the mall or a department store?” To be honest, we don’t have the funds to support that kind of shopping spree. We can go into the thrift store with $20 we made washing pumpkins for Nanny or milking cows with Grandpa, and come out with an armload of items. They’re gently used, sure. But they’re new to us and that’s just fine.

We went to the local thrift store last Friday in search of sweaters. I found one that’s long, fuzzy and just about perfect. But before we get to the sweater, let’s start at the bottom and work our way up — boots. My sister and I love the look of tall boots with black stretch pants or ‘skinny jeans’. My mom bought me these boots for Christmas last year, from an online shopping experience called Zulily. They have fast sales with great prices. I think these boots were less than $25. Obviously they’re not a fancy brand name — or real leather, for that matter — but that’s ok. I love them.

Walking bootsThe stretch pants or ‘tights’ came from the big ‘mart’. They’re not very expensive, either. I think they come in a three-pack!

And then comes this sweater! Did I say I love it? Because I do!

Cozy sweaters are divine for fall and winter weather. Pick them up at a thrift store.It’s nice and long, falling to about mid-thigh. All black is a little too harsh on me, but the charcoal stripes break up the darkness and soften the color. I love the silver button detail, too. The sweater is like new —  just a few stray threads coming off the front corner. I paid $6 for this sweater. I probably would have to pay four or five times as much at the mall.

Pair walking boots with a long sweater and black tights for a clean, classic look that's fit for the season.I don’t know if my love of thrift stores means I’m a cheapskate or a smart shopper. Maybe I’m a little of both. I do know I love spending a few dollars and coming home with several things that I can’t wait to wear. When you’re on a 13-year-old’s budget, a $6 sweater is perfect!

Now obviously I don’t wear this sort of thing to go to the barn, or even for every day. It’s what I wear to music lessons or if we go out to eat, or even to visit friends. It’s still kind of casual, though, without being sloppy. And it’s really comfortable.

Fall's glory is about to begin.Hope you’re enjoying autumn so far. There are a couple of red, yellow and orange trees around, but most are just beginning to turn. It’s the perfect time for boots and a sweater if you’re going out and about!

Until next time,
One of the farm girls


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    Buckeyemom October 7, 2014 (6:56 am)

    Abby, you are adorable, and you have a fine fashion sense! Love it!!! 🙂

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    Sal October 7, 2014 (8:02 am)

    Abby, you are one of the blessed ones who can wear most anything and make it look good! Plus you seem to have inherited the fab writing trait! I am going to enjoy reading these!

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    Denise Laubacher October 7, 2014 (8:16 am)

    Love your sensibility and great writing!! The ensemble is beautiful and so are you! Mrs. L

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    Nanny! October 7, 2014 (9:19 pm)

    Love your sense of thrift shopping!!!! Wonder where that came from!!! Great job ladies! Looking forward to the next installment!

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    Jeanie October 8, 2014 (11:06 am)

    A really neat outfit! Looks expensive!

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    Nancy October 15, 2014 (2:27 pm)

    Thrift stores are awesome! Have you visited the Hospice store also? I find the best clothes there. I think it’s the “thrill of the hunt” for me. My husband can’t believe some of the great deals I’ve found and he loves the James Patterson books I bring home for 50 cents! I enjoyed your post, keep up the good work!