The $8 Sleeveless Military Dress I Thrifted from Goodwill

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On one of my weekly thrift store trips earlier this month, I scored this sleeveless military dress for just $8 at Goodwill in La Quinta. You might have seen my recent post about how much I love the olive color for fall. This dress is no exception, and the styling options are endless! Since it’s still pretty hot out, I haven’t quite pulled out my leggings to wear underneath just yet… but you can bet I will in a few months!

Has anyone heard of the label, “A New Day”? Google says it’s a brand from Target, sort of like Xhilaration. Based on the quality of the fabric, I would have guessed that this dress came from Nordstrom or Macy’s. It’s SUPER soft. Regardless of the brand, I love it!

There are no buttons on this dress – just one long zipper, which makes putting it on super easy. Cinch ties are my best friend, because God knows I always need a bit of help around the waist. Bonus brownie points for the back of this dress – I’m able to tie it and make it more fitted! In a way, this number is almost like a shirt-dress on me because it’s so short. It looks great this way, but I have to wear tight booty shorts underneath it and make sure I don’t bend down (lol). Otherwise, if the wind picks up, I’m in trouble! It was actually super windy out when we shot this in Palm Springs. Despite all the outtakes, we managed to get a few good shots in. It helped that the lighting was just magical that evening.

My go-to style is pretty feminine, but I also love an occasional outfit that’s perfect for everyday wear with a touch of tomboy vibes. This dress is just that for me. It’s so chic with a pair of combat boots, a newsboy cap, and my Chanel boy bag! My thrifting luck has been on a good streak lately – I have so much more to share with you guys. Slowly, I’ll get around to taking pictures of everything.

What do you think of this femme, yet boyish look?

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    1. Thanks Tiffany! The shopping scene isn’t the greatest out here in the desert, but that’s a blessing in disguise. It really got me creative and thrifting regularly!

  1. Can’t believe you thrifted that military dress! It looks good as new and you styled it so well. Definitely digging this femme-tomboy look.

    1. Thank you Eileen! Yes, the dress was in really mint condition when I got it, which is nice πŸ™‚ I love getting things that are new/like new from thrift stores. Glad you like this look! xo

    1. Thanks Carolyn! I think it just really comes down to timing and luck haha. This dress was my first thrift find clothing-wise from this specific Goodwill location!

    1. Thank you so much! We have beautiful mountain views out here in Palm Springs and I love being able to take advantage of them for photos, especially during sunset! The newsboy cap has been a hit and I’ve worn mine so many times!

  2. I love this dress! I wouldn’t have thought you picked it up at Goodwill. Though I hear one can find some real gems there. πŸ™‚

    Xx, Nailil

    1. Thanks Renee! I didn’t think that my Goodwill really would either… usually they actually don’t but I got lucky this day. I normally go to Angel View thrift stores for clothing!

  3. Photography is outstanding what else can I say? Because it makes you more look gorgeous and brings out the best in you with this outfit.

  4. Super cute, I love your outfit and especially with that cap, you just finished your look! Haha, nice photo quality as well

  5. What an awesome find!! I suck at thrifting (probably because I don’t have enough patience when it comes to shopping haha) but I can see how it’s worth spending some extra time browsing through them if you can find cool stuff like this dress! awesome photos too πŸ™‚
    xo Samantha

    1. Haha it really comes down to timing and luck with thrifting! There are days I go thrifting and come home with nothing. It’s really a 50/50 chance but I got lucky the day I snagged this dress! xx

  6. I love this dress and olive is one of my favorite colors! I first thought it was a romper because of the cinched waist (or back), but it’s super cute as a dress too. I love all the pockets – makes it look utilitarian and more edgy. And of course I love that Chanel boy bag! A perfect mix of high and low fashion! xoxo, Christine

    1. Thank you Christine! This dress would totally be super cute as a romper (the length feels more like one lol). The cinched back is one of my fave things about this dress! Without it, it’s definitely a bit wide on me.

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