Lookbook: Plaid Recessionista

I absolutely love skirts and dresses with pockets. When I wear a skirt that doesn’t have pockets, I always forgot and try to stick my hand in where they pocket should be. Funny thing is, I hate carrying things in my pockets, I just like the option of having a place for my hand to go.


This skirt gets compliments from everyone. Like co-workers, people on the street, sales people at boutiques (and this was all in one day!) and I don’t think people would have guessed that I got it from Wet Seal. I got this skirt awhile back when I had first ventured into Wet Seal (I have not gone back!) and have not worn it until that day. The best part was, that I found this on their sale rack for buy one get one free so I got two! The other skirt is black and red plaid. This is another one of the J.Crew boyfriend tees. I told you I’m obsessed! I actually found this light pink one on the sale rack and there’s nothing better than finding your favorite stuff on sale!


Can you believe my outfit, minus the shoes was under $30! That’s what I call recessionista. 🙂 The hair bow was a last minute added touch. It’s one of my new favorites from Forever 21. It’s just a big enough bow to make a statement but not too big that it overwhelms my head.

It was over 90 degrees in Seattle that day and it was a fun outfit for the heat! When I got home I changed into flats and we took our dogs over to Capitol Hill and got Old School Frozen Custard. It was the first time that I’ve had it and yummy, I loved it!

These pictures were taken at 8:30PM, I just love summers when it stays light out for so long!

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  • Sugar & Spice
    June 10, 2009 at 4:37 pm

    How cute! The skirt looks great! I love plaid!! Thank you for your inspiring ideas!

  • Sweet Nothings
    June 10, 2009 at 4:40 pm

    wet seal is my hidden gem..if u take the time to look through the cheap stuff, i find great stuff! last week i bought a plaid shirt, and a dress im wearing tomorrow night with my philip lim jacket and jimmy choos! 🙂

  • Savvy Mode SG
    June 10, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    oh too cute. I like skirts and dresses with pockets too. There is something comforting about pockets.

  • Caroline
    June 10, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I love the plaid!

  • Kellie
    June 10, 2009 at 5:01 pm

    I love long summer nights too! Very cute! I shop Wet Seal online b/c I feel like a grandma when I go into the store. 🙂 But they've definitely got some cute and cheap buys!

  • Milly
    June 10, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    love the plaid skirt and the bow headband

  • Mrs.Zeus
    June 10, 2009 at 5:12 pm

    Yes under $30, MINUS the shoes of course. lol

    You look so adorable, who could pass by and not to compliment you?

  • clouds of tulle
    June 10, 2009 at 5:14 pm

    you look adorable. I like the big bow headband. i wore one to my friend's wedding and got lots of compliments on the bow. haha =)

  • Fell4fashion
    June 10, 2009 at 5:18 pm

    LOVE that skirt, I mean love!!!!

  • ♥ fashion chalet
    June 10, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    your compliment was super-sweet (thank you) and so this your outfit, you look great!! 🙂


  • Domestic Goddess
    June 10, 2009 at 5:32 pm


    some of the best skirs i have i found on clearance sale racks for next to nothing….love finding deals!

  • janettaylor
    June 10, 2009 at 5:41 pm

    I adore that plaid skirt. Gorge!


  • kelly
    June 10, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    cutie cutes!! i definitely heart any skirts with pockets. regardless whether i carry anything in them its just awesome to have! ok how cute is your headband! love love

  • Diana
    June 10, 2009 at 5:57 pm

    i love your recessionista style! shoes and handbags are an investment piece! the rest can be cheap! great look =)

  • kelly
    June 10, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    oh and i forgot! the shoes are going back to rue la la…its too much trouble to try to sell with a deadline.

  • Marietta
    June 10, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Haha i do the same with skirts!The hair bow with the skirk are way cute together!

  • Diane
    June 10, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    wow! this look is adorable! i too just bought a plaid skirt with pockets. LOVE IT.

  • Hanako66
    June 10, 2009 at 6:04 pm

    oh you are so lucky that you are northern enough to have such late sun!

    I adore this outfit and what great deals!!!

  • steph
    June 10, 2009 at 6:50 pm

    OMG you look so incredibly cute! Love the entire outfit, complete with the bow headband! Adorable, I love it!

  • Miss HoneyDew
    June 10, 2009 at 7:06 pm

    You look adorable!!!

  • Lady Jane
    June 10, 2009 at 7:18 pm

    Mmmm..frozen custard sounds good!! I have not been into Wet Seal in forever. Good buy though!

  • Elizabeth Marie
    June 10, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    WET SEAL?! Wow! That is amazing, I haven't been in there forever…I'm going to their website right now haha.

    You look so cute! And $30! Thats so awesome Tiff, thanks for showing that you can still look completely stylish no matter how much you have in the bank! Love it!

  • Elizabeth Marie
    June 10, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    Ohhh and I always call you Tiff. Tell me if that bugs you! You are just one of my girls so I do that with all of em…Kel…T (Tanya), etc. But I just realized it could be totally rude. 🙂

  • WendyB
    June 10, 2009 at 8:41 pm


  • JenniferKailey
    June 10, 2009 at 10:20 pm

    You are the cutest. This is absolutely something I would wear, head to toe… Rock it girl!

  • Chessa!
    June 10, 2009 at 11:25 pm

    I love summer for the same reason. so awesome. and you are so cute with your ensemble. if I wore a bow on my head like that…with my hair…you probably couldn't even see it!
    love it on you!

  • alixrose
    June 11, 2009 at 12:52 am

    I love this, I totally would have stopped you on the street and said something. I went to Wet Seal a few times, but they just arent that friendly.. it matters.

    Bow on your head, perfect touch!

  • FuN and MakeUp
    June 11, 2009 at 1:11 am

    def somethin id wear! always soo fashionable.. i LOVE IT!! wish i had a job.. sigh* =(

  • Nicole Marie
    June 11, 2009 at 1:15 am

    oh my gosh i buy any dress with pockets even if its not htat cute because the pockets make it 100times cuter!!

  • GingerSnap
    June 11, 2009 at 2:56 am

    OMG, I love dresses/skirts with pockets too! I also am loving your bow headband 🙂 Darling!

  • Rebecca June
    June 11, 2009 at 4:04 am

    I just discovered your blog and I am hooked! I cannot wait for more in-expensive clothing finds as I am a designer shoe lover as well. I also have 4 of the J. Crew boyfriend tees. YUM!


    Rebecca June

  • D.S.
    June 11, 2009 at 4:26 am

    I love this outfit! You are always pretty and put together and I think it's fantastic you always show budget options for those of us who don't have a lot of cash to burn!

  • Jenna
    June 11, 2009 at 6:00 am

    Does it get old to have me so "Youre' so darn cute!" every time I comment? Because you are. And I think that after every single one of your posts.

    Today the Nordstrom salesman tried to convince me to buy $375 shoes and I thought of you and I wanted to be like you and buy them but I didn't because I don't work a fabulous job like you do. But someday! 🙂

  • MizzJ
    June 11, 2009 at 7:24 am

    You are so adorable, I love this look! Work that cute Asian angle girl! The headband was a perfect touch.

  • Couture Carrie
    June 11, 2009 at 2:28 pm

    I adore pockets for the same reason! You look fabulous in that skirt, darling!


  • Anika
    June 11, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks for the lovely comment and for introducing me to your blog. What a delight 🙂

    And I do love bargains that get you compliments left, right and centre. I have a cuff that cost next to nothing but whenever I wear it I get complimented on it. Feels good 😀

    p.s. I adore this outfit. The skirt is divine, and a two for one? That right there is perfection 😉

  • Mrs.Zeus
    June 11, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Passing a "Lovely Blog Award"!
    Grab it at http://mrszeus.blogspot.com/2009/06/friendship-adorable-kreativ-one-lovely.html

  • Lily G.
    June 11, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    I'm totally with you with liking skirts and dresses with pockets. I love that too. And that skirt you're wearing is lovely!

  • TheBeautyFile
    June 11, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Oh, totally LOVE this plaid skirt…you wear it well!

  • Krista
    June 11, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    stylish!!! i love it 🙂

  • FJ
    June 11, 2009 at 7:07 pm

    Adorable and I love outfits with pockets. I hate going into Wetseal, it's so messy but every once in awhile I'll browse online. I bought some shoes from there once that I loved.

  • ...love Maegan
    June 11, 2009 at 8:29 pm

    omg I am SO INTO skirts and dresses with pockets too. ..it's just the best. YOU LOOK ADORABLE!

  • hellohoneyno
    June 11, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    i'm all about recession-friendly outfits! i love how you wore that skirt. reminds me of a black and white plaid dress that i have yet to wear!

  • TigerLily
    June 12, 2009 at 6:13 am

    You look so adorably chic ^o^
    And i like to put my hands inside the pockets too ^^


  • issa
    June 12, 2009 at 5:19 pm

    you are so freakin adorable in this! love the headband

  • Little Bow Prep
    June 15, 2009 at 12:39 am

    Cute outfit!

    I like the headband 🙂