Cattails, Rabbit Trails, and Thistlefish: The Modest Budget: High School Casey

Monday, September 12, 2016

The Modest Budget: High School Casey

How do Monday's get here so quickly??
I've been looking forward to this Monday for a change. Monday's have started to hold a certain quality of "freshness," a day to be optimistic about what is planned and hoped for for the rest of the week.
This outfit felt right.
And what I mean by that, is before I left the house I worried more about what I wanted to wear than what I thought I would look good in, if that makes sense.
Something that is so important to remember in the realm of style is to "stay true to yourself," in all it's glorious cheesiness. Yeah, sometimes that means you won't be super trendy, and sometimes that might mean you try to bend the fashion rules a little bit. But your style should be different than anyone else's because you are different than anyone else!
 I was much better at this when I was in high school. I just didn't care what other people thought about what I was wearing. (Even though sometimes I'm sure my mom wished that I would care more, and stop wearing such weird clothes!)

And yeah, I made some fashion mistakes, and wore things that now make me a little embarrassed, but what I miss most is that my identity was so secure I had the boldness to just "go for it" and not be afraid to make a mistake (I'm talking about you, red pixie cut).
 These boots were actually shoes I wore all. the time in high school. A friend bought them for me from a thrift store for my birthday when I turned 16. They're a little too big, and they are totally an off-brand, but I was all about the bright color that they added to every outfit.
 I actually wore them because Jon and I and my best friend Allie were planning on a trip to Norfolk, but there were thunderstorms on the forecast. And to this day they are the closest things I own to rain boots, haha!
But instead of rain, we got this beautiful evening. The way the sun was setting and reflecting off the clouds, it actually turned everything a shade of pale pink! It was so pretty! It made for some funky picture lighting, but it was really fun.
 This flannel was a sale purchase I got from Francesca's and these shorts (that I have worn so many times this summer!) are H&M (pretty sure they aren't sold anymore though).
This shirt probably isn't something I would pay full price for (THRIFT HACK: YOU CAN ALWAYS FIND FLANNELS AT THRIFT STORES) but I've been purposely saving the remainders of a Christmas gift card for something like this. I got this shirt and a white dress on a "buy one get one 50% off" sale, so I felt pretty good about it.
Also, what a stud is this husband of mine???
I will never feel like we have enough pictures together.
What kind of outfits did you wear in high school?

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  1. Those boots are adorable! I found your blog through the More Pieces of Me up. It would be great if you could pop by my blog and join my fashion link up if you get a chance.

  2. Beautiful colors together, what a nice outfit to wear.
    Thank you for linking up to "Bloggers Who Have Inspired Me"
    Rachel xo

  3. That is such a cute flannel top!!! And I love those colors together! Thanks for sharing at the Grace + Lace Linkup!