Trendspotting: Vertical Stripes Are Okay Again


The last issue of Marie Claire magazine I read had a pages-long spread on the black and white trend that carried throughout the Spring/Summer 2013 runway shows. Bold, structured bags with blocks of black and white, silk blouses with vertical black and white stripes, jewelry patterned with black and white gems. Marie Claire’s lovely Colombian editor and Project Runway host (I prefer her taste to Heidi’s and Michael’s), Nina Garcia, writes that this theme of stark black and white contrast shouldn’t be simplified as another case of  fashion history repeating itself. She admits that it is a return to the mod styles of the 1960s, but that it is also an artistic reaction to the worldly climate of economic and political uncertainly. This trend, she raises, like its vertical stripes, offered an outlet for order, structure, and solidity. Lit crit in fashion, who knew?


This trend, especially the vertical stripes, has been creeping its way back into street fashion for the past year or so. What has inspired this? Beetlejuice? Yes, naturally, but also, I honestly think that people realized that black and white doesn’t have to be stuffy or tacky. I remember growing up that vertical stripes were a thing to be avoided like the plague. They would make you look much larger than you really were, no one wants that. And by the 1990s, two-toned black and white get-ups were already becoming costumey and outdated. The things being done with black and white now are totally redefining all of those old notions. Black and white is chic, it’s edgy, it’s new. Well, it certainly feels new, because we’ve banished it for far too long.





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Street Fashion in Central Park, 10/08/2011 New York City

Last weekend, I took a trip to New York City with my boyfriend to visit my mother and to do some sight seeing (it was my boyfriend’s first time in NYC). We explored the city and had a great time! I wore my new Dolce Vita for Target boots. I found them on eBay for only $15 including shipping! I wanted to buy them when they were available at Target, but they sold out in my size. They are actually more comfortable than my old sneakers, amazingly enough, and I was doing A LOT of walking.

We spent much of Saturday touring Central Park. I must admit, the park keeps getting nicer and nicer. One thing that never changes about New York is the fabulous street fashion. I managed to snap a few photos:

And, by a complete stroke of luck, we ran into the Occupy Wallstreet movement in Manhattan as they were leaving the park they’d been protesting in and were relocating.

Thrifty Cent finally reached 15,000 views! + Street fashion Round-up

Hello all! For a very long time, this blog got a teeny tiny number of views each day. Recently, I’ve been getting almost 1,000 views per day, which still might not seem extraordinary but it’s exciting to me to have even 100 people reading and looking at what I blog. So, within the next week or so, I will be hosting a giveaway to celebrate and help increase my followers.

For now, here are some neat outfits. Michelle L.

I love the velvet jacket… It’s like a blazer and a cardigan all in one. I love it. Heather L.

I love sheer black blouses like this one. Only problem is I don’t have one yet! I actually bought one, but I returned it because it didn’t allow for much give in the sleeves/elbow/armpit area, and the store claimed they ran out. (It was the next day! They had a whole rack the day I bought it. Grr.) I have yet to find a replacement at a price I can afford. 😦 Anyways, I also love wearing gold jewelry, especially with black clothes. It looks so good. Chloe D

The makings of this outfit are simple: cotton top, jeans, clogs. However, the combination of her hair, and how good floral prints look with leather accessories (like the shoes), makes it awesome. ITSBOWIETIME $$

Looks like she’s wearing a pirate captain jacket! Poor tail-less raccoons though.

I neglected to keep the links to the looks! :X If one of these is yours and you’d like to be linked, comment and it will be so!

That’s all for now! Enjoy! Stay posted for a giveaway!!!

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A trend I want to get in on: Sheer black maxi skirts, street fashion photos

Sun H. of (click for her lookbook)

Autilia A. of (click to see her lookbook)

I love these skirts! I want one so badly.  If I wasn’t so permanently broke, I would drive to Forever 21 and get this:

$19.80 at Forever 21!

Japanese Fashion Inspiration Pt. II: Dolly-Kei

Dolly-kei is a genre of Japanese street fashion that draws inspiration from European medieval times and fairy tales, but also has elements of decora and kawaii fashion here and these. Sometimes, it seems hard to distinguish between lolita and dolly-kei, as I imagine they draw inspiration from each other. It’s so pretty! Japanese youth seem to have a lot of fun with their clothes. I am jealous!

Dolly-kei captures what I miss about being a little girl. I loved fairy tales, folklore, fantasy — all of it. This look captures a sense of whimsy that reminds me of “the good old days” to be cliche and cheesy.

Photo credit:

Grimoire Shibuya (pictured above) is a dolly-kei store in Tokyo — elaborately decorated in whimsical leaves, forest critters, and old-world looking dolls. Truly looks like an amazing shopping experience. has a nice article about it here.

I love the gold-leafed handbag and the corset. This girl captures a renaissance-y feel but somehow it doesn’t look too costumey. At least not to me, but I have loose standards.

These girls look more costumey, but still cute. It looks like they are mixing elements of kawaii, decora, lolita, cosplay, and dolly-kei. Neat!

Human beings have been decorating their bodies for thousands of years — and I see fashion as a part of that. If you have the means, why not have fun with what you clothe your body in? I see nothing wrong with it. Dressing up makings the dullness of my day-to-day life (especially now in my poor financial/career situation) just a little bit more exciting and fun. And if someone thinks it’s stupid, then fine. I dress for ME, first and foremost, but it’s always nice to connect with kindred spirits and share ideas! Blogs are the modern day “salons”! Okay, I am getting out of control. My cat is snoring next to me, and I keep mistaking it for someone talking outside my window — scaryyyyy.

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Street style round-up: Harajuku, Leopard print, Marie Antoinette, High-waisted shorts and more!

As always, I share with you some looks I thought were neat. Let’s see why these looks work so we can try them ourselves!


Natsi W. of

A lot of people make Japanese fashion trends look tacky, but this girl wears it well. I think it's a very cool idea to take a shirt-dress, like the pink and white plaid one she's wearing, and wear is as an open jacket. Especially good if you aren't quite ready to wear a tight fitting dress on its own.

Rose B. of

There are a lot of things I like going on in this photo: silky button up blouse, cardigan sweater, side braid, and simple make-up. This outfit looks effortless and not overdone, which is a feat, considering that leopard print jeans had their run of popularity and run the risk of looking tacky. I've had my eye on a pair for awhile, but never made the purchase. I have a pair of red and black ones (the ones from the Miley Cyrus/Max Azria collection) and have yet to let them see the sunlight. This look inspires me, though. The loose fit and Buddy Holly-ness of the cardigan balance balance out the leopard pants. Likewise, she's kept her hair and makeup simple.

Anina M. of

So, this isn't an outfit you'd wear to the grocery store or to work, but it has some pretty cool elements. If only we could always dress so fun! This outfit is Marie Antoinette inspired, with a high piled updo and pastel colors. Again, we see a sweater over a button up blouse. The top half is simple, so she's chosen a more dramatic hosiery... Or maybe those hearts are just glued on? Either way, so good.

Devreaux J. on

I really love those tights.

So, I am getting bored with Creative looks are few and far between and mostly everyone must be rich to afford a zillion pairs of Jeffrey Cambell shoes. Those things can be like $500.

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Street Style Round-up: Combat boots, Doc Martens, Dread-falls, and Velvet

These are from the Easy Fashion of Paris blog. This is one of my favorite street style blogs, ever. Those Parisians really know how to dress.

I post these because they have inspired me, and hope they can do the same for you.

The drape-y dress looks like she rouched it up herself. Looks great with the Doc boots. Also, those sunglasses -- I got ones that look IDENTICAL at a $0.99 store in Vegas.

That coat is to die for. Looks vintage. I love the dark wash jeans with the white Doc boots. I want to try and do a look like this with my faux fur leopard vest.

What's not to love here? When you have a brightly dyed hair color, you can get crazier with hair accessories. They purple headband looks great with her dreadlocks poking out behind! You can find similar headbands at dollar stores, or could easily attach a large bow to a headband you already own. I love the colored chain link choker as well - it would be very inexpensive to recreate. Also, this girl is gorgeous!

This a very classic look that appears to have been inspired by Anne Bancroft's character in The Graduate. I love chiffon tops and dresses, especially in animal print. I have a chiffon night gown by New York & Company that I got for a couple bucks at a thrift store. I wear it as a tunic or a dress. I can belt it at the empire waist or tie a knot in the side and let it be a flowy peasant blouse. This woman has belted hers with a cord or rope, which looks like the kind they sell as curtain tie backs. (You could use that to make your own belt!)

This last one is from

I post this girl's looks a lot! I love velvet, and I love lace. Both are readily available in thrift stores, especially since they were both so popular in the 90s. Forever 21 also has (or at least had) velvet skirts like this one for only about $12-13. I know, because I bought one. I am also a fan of this girl's hair.

Street Fashion Round-up: Plaid, Lace, Velvet, Cream fabrics…

Street Fashion Round-up: Black, Lolita, Fringe, James Joyce Sunglasses

Gosh! I’ve been neglecting this! My camera is not working for unknown reasons, so until I get that figured out, here are some badass outfits from

Street fashion trend: All black outfits & How to Make Them Work, with Kat Von D, Jordin Sparks and more!

This isn’t news by any means, but I am so into all-black outfits. They’ve been showing up fairly often on runways for awhile. I think Gucci had a fall or winter season a few years ago where they showed off all black looks, and suddenly I was in love. Whereas before I thought all black outfits looked awkward and overdone, I now saw elegance and beauty in them. But… what did these designers know that I didn’t? My black outfits were failing miserably. As a teenager, I was into the whole goth scene: the music, the look… but goth clothing can appear tacky and cliché when not styled properly, like this.

Here’s how Kat Von D wears it:

How does she pull it off? When I was in high school I’d try on all kinds of outfits in my bedroom. I had a few pairs of black jeans, and I’d try pairing them with a black top, but somehow the outfit would feel awkward. Those outfits never made it beyond my bedroom door.

So, what’s the secret? There’s a trick to making a look like this successful. It’s all about LAYERING! Think about different textures, like leather (real or pleather), velvet, suede, cotton, lace, shiny vinyl or PVC, matte fabrics, cable knits, and so on. A cotton shirt with a cotton shirt in all black’s just going to look boring and just doesn’t feel right, kind of like this outfit Jordan Sparks (American Idol) wore:

The fabrics are just too similar. That’s not to say that she looks bad, but the outfit lacks spice.

Here are some more successes like Kat Von D’s…

She mixes a matte knitted (and high shouldered) top with leather shorts and  leather shoes. Her accessories (leather bag and round Chanel-esqe specs) really help to make the outfit interesting. Some times it’s all about accessories. Accessories, like silver and gold toned jewelry, can really set an all black get-up on fire… in a good way.

With black, you have more options than you might have thought. Lace and sheer mesh are in right now, so it’s easy to find them in stores, but you’ll certainly be able to find pieces with a lot of character while thrifting. I just got a sheer black blouse at the Salvation army that will go GREAT with my $2 thrifted leather pencil skirt and black bra. (I know, I desperately need to show off my recent finds. Sorry!)

Another thing you may want to give a second chance is fringe. Fringe may have had it’s heyday in the late 60s and on into the 70s, but by the 80s and 90s it got stale, tacky… People ran around with puffy leather jackets with swede fringe hanging from their arms, while the fashion police cringed. Lately though, daring fashionistas as well as celebrities have been adopting this misfit into their outfits. Fringe is back! Some designers are taking a new approach to fringe, like these from Giuseppe Zanotti:

And with studs and chains being so popular right now,  I guarantee you’ll find a cheaper alternative. I was just in Rue 21 a few days ago and they had spiked black stillettos! Craziness. (I wanted them but decided combat books and a lace top were better investments. I don’t have many fancy occasions to get all gussied up for these days.)

Let these looks inspire you!

Street Style Round-up: Sweet Summer Looks

Here are some really neat (and thrift-store doable) looks from and beyond.

Striped tops are all the rage right now. They pair well with vintage denim shorts.

Shorts would be wise with a poncho/shawl like this. Looks great, though!

Suede fringe boots with shorts? I love it!

I have got to get a pair of harem shorts like his…

Capri length tribal pants… I want them.

A cool mash-up of several eras — rockabilly hair, 7os punk skirt and tights, and 90s hip-hop jewelry and shoes.

That’s all for now.

Street Fashion Round-up: 6 Looks You Can Recreate with Thrift Store Finds

I’ve collected some spring and summer appropriate looks from street fashion sites that are totally doable on a thrift store budget. You won’t be able to exactly replicate the look, but with some Goodwill trips and using what you’ve already got, you could work these looks into your own outfits.

1. Loose fitting blouse / ripped skinny jeans combo

Dolman style tops are really easy to find in retails stores right now. I got a purple dolman sleeve top at DEB for $3 off of the clearance rack a few months ago. But, hello, this style was popular in the 70s, 80s, and 90s, so it’s definitely possible for you to find something similar in thrift stores with a little hunting. Grab a pair of snug fitting light wash jeans, tear if you wish, and voila! This woman has spiced up the outfits with accessories, like her rad sunglasses.

2. Blazer / oversized tee / opaque tights / slouchy boots

Every thrift store has at least one rack of blazers. A few weeks ago I got three New York & Co blazers for work for just $5 each! Oversized teeshirts are overabundant in places like Goodwill and the Salvation army. Vintage slouchy boots are more sought after, but as you saw in a past entry, it’s possible to find them for good prices.

3. Layering different prints, fabrics, textures, eras…

This outfit combines so much at once without looking bad. There are some expensive pieces in this outfit — like the Alexander McQueen sheer scarf (if it’s authentic), but even this can be replicated with thrift store finds. Most thrift stores and vintage boutiques have a rack divoted to scarves. The metallic shoes might be a challenge. However, there are a lot of 80s and 90s esque items in this outfit that are likely to be found while thrifting.

Here are some other cool looks:

Street Fashion Round-up: Boyfriend jeans, Crust-punk pants, and Versace platform shoes.

I haven’t been keeping up on posting at all lately! I am in the midst of the end of the semester here at college and I’m only a month away from graduation!!!! AHHHHH! So, that’s why you’ll be seeing large bursts of posts all at once and then periods of no posts. Please forgive me.

Decided it was time for another street style round-up, so I chose some cool outfits from and Easy Fashion. Enjoy.

Cropped blazer, boyfriend jeans.

I love this outfit. It’s simple and casual enough that it’s actually practical. I really want a pair of boyfriend jeans.

Garter stockings, shredded top.

I think she’s wearing pantyhose that are made to look as if she’s wearing a garter belt and stockings as well. Very sexy but still edgy.

Leopard dress, denim vest, studded cuffs.

Love, love, love, LOVE. Everything about it. I would wear this outfit, if the dress were a bit longer. I don’t like to have to worry about my underwear or butt-cheeks showing. Just makes me wanna not wear a dress when it’s so short that you can only really be standing. Nevertheless, this is a bomb outfit. I wanna stud my denim vest. Think I’ll wear it tomorrow.

Killer boots and crust-punk pants.

Despite how delicate those pants would be, it’s a really cool take on the way crust-punks alter their pants. They will sew patches upon patches onto their pants until the pants are virtually gone. This person (I assume they made them, if they bought them that’s sad) must have taken a lot of time to sew all these little sections of denim together. Very cool. I really like that they’ve used dental floss as thread too. Seems tacky, but floss doesn’t break as easily. Hand sewing with thread makes the item delicate because the thread doesn’t allow for stretching.

Gorgeous platform shoes.

I think these are Versace shoes, if I am not mistaken. They are fabulous. So fabulous that I’m now angry.

Well, that’s it for now. Please, please, please leave comments! Stay tuned for more madness.

My Style: Some great outfits from the Gallery Exhibition…

So, this Saturday was the opening for the new exhibition at the art gallery where I work. Here are some highlights from my friends’ wonderful outfits:

Berkeley, in a great fitting purple buttoned dress.

Kathleen, in a longer dress which she got for free.

Sara, in a pretty teal tulip dress with a zebra print cardigan.

Kelly, wearing a gorgeous black dress with lace trim.

Please, leave me comments!

Street Style Round Up: Leopard, Headphones, Striped Tights, Leather Pants

From The Style Scout and so on.

Beautiful woman with great style.

Great jacket, great shoes...

Street Fashion Round-up: Mickey Mouse, Gaga, Fascinator Hair Pieces, Mustard Skirt

Here are some of my favorites from Lookbook this week…

The belt really helps set that dress off. The scarf, the big bag, and the hair accessory (looks like feathers) are all nice as well. She has made great use of accessories. That dress might have looked boring without them.

This girl is sporting those Mickey Mouse-like sunglasses that Lady Gaga wore in her “Paparazzi” video.

Just a great blazer.

I love this whole outfit. The mustard colored leather skirt looks amazing paired with that bat wing top.

Street Fashion Round-up: Pillbox hat, Klaus Nomi, Parisian Style

From The Style Scout.

Beautiful red plaid coat and matching scarf! Her piercings and hair style are excellent as well. I have a coat similar to this. I love her pill-box hat. There are a lot of patterns and textures going on in this outfit but she pulls it off well.

From The Style Scout.

I could be wrong, but that jacket looks to be Klaus Nomi inspired. Not a huge fan of it paired with the skirt (or dress?), but separately, they are both great pieces.

From Easy Fashion Paris.

Just such an exquisite outfit from head to toe. I love all black outfits that mix different textures of black — like the gloss of leather against the matte look of cotton. Lovely. I want to marry this girl. Seriously.

From Easy Fashion Paris.

This woman is striking! Fabulous hair, great earrings and bell-sleeved jacket she’s sporting is to die for. Plus, she’s found a way to wear beige and make it look daring.

From Lookbook.

I am a t-shirt girl at heart, and this galaxy t-shirt is great. I have a vaguely similar shirt, but it’s nowhere near as cool.

Street Fashion Round-up: Bycycle Sunglasses, Geometric Prints, All black.

Here are some neat outfits from!

Bicycle sunglasses!

Nice patterns.

All black...

That’s all for now. I’ll be posting some winter fashion picks real soon.