"Zooey" Outfits

OK guys and gals, last week I announced a new way of doing things on Thrifty Thursdays. Instead of an everlasting list of tips and tricks, I thought we could kick it up and notch. Each week I'll be posting outfits I've put together from local second-hand shops that are inspired by ones seen in the movies, on TV, in ads, magazines, etc., to show you that you can get a similar look for less.

I went ahead and chose the first one, inspired by some of my favorite styling I've seen in movies in a while: Rashida Jones's outfits in I Love You Man. I fully intended on just finding one, but had a serendipitous time at a local Goodwill and ended up with three! Let's see if you think these outfits make the cut...

Total cost of thrift-a-like: $8.98

I was floored when I saw this T-shirt on the rack. While it's not vintage like the one Jones is wearing, it does give off a sweet '80s California vibe (the '80s are getting close to vintage, right?). A lot of retail stores have jumped on the vintage reproduction train and are pumping out T's that already have a worn-in feel and are adorned with vintage graphics. As such, pulling off this look becomes a lot easier since you'll come across them more in thrift stores, and at a much lower price.

Originally I was going to pair it with this beautiful plum cardigan, but the cut of the neckline was just off. I finally found this navy cardigan with orange stripes going up the front, and while it's not as bold of a pattern as I'd hoped for to get that Marc Jacobs cardigan look, I was happy with the outcome.

Total cost of thrift-a-like: $8.98

After scouring the store for a bright yellow collared shirt and coming up empty-handed, I found this brown and white striped number and thought we could go for a role reversal by topping it with a yellow cardigan. Yes, it does lack a bit of boldness when put next to the original outfit, but it's a great example of working with what you have. If you come across something you like but can't find exact matches, think of other ways to bring the same colors together.

Total cost of thrift-a-like: $7.98

I saved this one for last because it's the one I'm most proud of. I feel like I really hit the same colors and even found a cardigan with some great texture, one of the keys of putting together a "Zooey" outfit. The original green shirt does have some ruffles in it, but yet again, flexibility is key.

So, what do you think? Did I meet the challenge?

This week I'll be channeling my inner GQ as I attempt to recreate a suave outfit worn by a down-and-dirty man: Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry. Check it out:

Thank you to all my readers who submitted challenges! Rest assured they are safe in my Thrifty Thursday file and will have their moment to shine. Until then, keep 'em coming!


  1. as always, i am SO impressed. i LOVE outfit number three!! that sweater would totally have my name on it if it wasn't so tiny. are you selling these looks on etsy?

  2. you met the challenge!! lovely.


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