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Thrift Finds: Frilly Dress & Wide-Rimmed Straw Hat

After finding a plethora of awesome little knick-knacks for our home at local thrift stores, I felt inspired to peruse through the clothing racks one day! Buying second-hand clothing was never really my thing, but I quickly learned that you can score worthwhile and even vintage styles at great prices if you look carefully. Sometimes, they’re new too! As you know with thrifting, it’s all about timing and luck. Since I’m pretty new to this, my list of “best thrift stores to find cool clothes” is still in the making. Hopefully in a few months, I’ll be able to share a list of my favorites in the Coachella Valley for you guys to check out! In the mean time, I’ve started a new series called “Thrift Finds” under “Fashion” on here to document my thrift finds. I hope you’ll follow along & enjoy the thrill of the thrift with me πŸ˜‰

I immediately fell in love with this frilly dress the minute I saw it at Angel View in Palm Desert. In fact, it was what convinced me that there is actually hope in thrifting clothing in this valley. With the snowbirds out of town, I really wasn’t expecting to find gems. Surprisingly though, I didn’t have to look for very long before I found this beauty – in like-new condition for $8. The brand is called Uluwatu Collection (first time discovering it) and it’s supposedly a Bali brand based in Florida! It’s a one-size fit probably because the frilly chest is stretchy. It surely fits beautifully on an extra small frame and I absolutely adore the asymmetrical hemline. The floral print is light and summery, perfect for these scorching hot summer days! One down side: it’s a bit see-through… so, nude/white underwear only (lol!).

Not long after purchasing the dress, I stumbled across this wide-rimmed straw hat at another Angel View location in La Quinta. It was on sale for $3.50, and in pristine condition. I had been wanting a hat like this for a while, so I’m glad I found it for so cheap! This hat pairs well with this number and many other summery pieces in my wardrobe. Can’t forget to also mention its practicality – literally works wonders in shielding the bright, harsh sun from my face!

Honestly, I’m bummed because these photos truly don’t do this outfit justice at all. It was extremely hot out when we were shooting it in the middle of the day. I was sweating, and the light was not in the right place where we shot. Oh well… I may reshoot it one of these days in a more photogenic location, but for now, these will do… πŸ™‚

What do you think about this look? Would you like to see more outfits put together with thrifted pieces?

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46 Comments
  • Eileen
    August 9, 2018

    That dress is sooo pretty! I love the ruffle detailing on the chest. So feminine! Great thrift finds and I’m so excited to see you share more. 😍😍😍

    • Sharon Wu
      August 9, 2018

      Thanks Eileen! I’m a big fan of that part of the dress too, plus that hemline haha. So glad you’re on board with me sharing more! I recently bought a few other things and I am excited to share very soon πŸ™‚

  • Eleanor R.
    August 9, 2018

    Girl you have inspired me to thrift clothing again! I used to do it all the time in college with my roommates haha. That hat comes in really handy in Palm Springs I bet!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 9, 2018

      Aw yay! That sounds like the perfect college past-time lol. Yes, the hat comes in super handy in PS!

  • Kait Elizabeth
    August 9, 2018

    I can’t believe you thrifted this!!! The whole look is gorgeous and so perfect for the location and summer. Hugs, Kait
    http://www.baskinginburgundy.com

    • Sharon Wu
      August 9, 2018

      Aww thanks so much, Kait! You’re the sweetest xx

  • Gracie
    August 9, 2018

    Your photography is so beautiful and stylish, what a lovely blog!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 9, 2018

      Thank you so much Gracie! Means a lot to me xo

  • Erin Rosenberg
    August 9, 2018

    You got so lucky with that dress! One thing I also like about thrifting is that you often end up with pieces that other people won’t be able to so easily find like they would in stores haha. Hooray to unique styles!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 9, 2018

      Haha thank you Erin! Yes, I couldn’t agree more! πŸ™‚

  • Briana
    August 9, 2018

    So perfect! Honestly thrift shopping is my new favorite!

    Briana
    https://beyoutifulbrunette.com/

    • Sharon Wu
      August 9, 2018

      Thank you Briana! I’m so glad to hear that you enjoy thrifting too. Always so fun because you never know what you’re going to walk out with, and what deals you’re going to get! πŸ™‚

  • TheStyleSecond
    August 9, 2018

    Would love to see more thifted outfits from you!! I’ve never been very good at thrifting but I’m loving these tips and could see myself doing more of it in the future. By the way, the dress is FIRE and the hat and bag are SO cute on you!!! Love the look ❀️❀️

    • Sharon Wu
      August 9, 2018

      Aw yay!! I’m so glad to hear that babe! Thank you so much for always being so supportive and sweet. Means a lot to me! If you find yourself thrifting more I’d love to see your finds πŸ™‚ hehe XO

  • Kileen
    August 9, 2018

    Such a cute outfit babe! I love this dress and your hat is so cute, perfect look for Summer!

    Kileen
    cute & little

    • Sharon Wu
      August 9, 2018

      Thanks, Kileen! I’m happy to hear you like the look πŸ™‚ Hope you’re having a fabulous summer!

  • Jennifer
    August 9, 2018

    Wow! Your dress is so pretty. The price is definitely worth it! So affordable. Thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚

    • Sharon Wu
      August 9, 2018

      Thanks Jennifer! I couldn’t believe how affordable it is, and am glad I found this gorgeous dress. Been wearing it to death since I got it! πŸ™‚

  • analysa
    August 9, 2018

    pretty dress, I like the way this mix of you. everything perfect

  • Monidipa
    August 9, 2018

    I was never a fan of thrifting clothes but you have inspired me again. The dress is so pretty and you look lovely in that dress. Would love to see more of your photos soon.

    • Sharon Wu
      August 9, 2018

      Thank you so much! I’m glad I could inspire you to thrift πŸ™‚ It can be fun once you give it a go! XO

  • Taylor Mobley
    August 10, 2018

    This dress is RIGHT up my alley. I lovelovelove!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 10, 2018

      I’m so glad! Haha I love it too! xx

  • Deborah
    August 10, 2018

    AH I love this! I feel like I can never find anything as chic when I go thrifting though haha

    • Sharon Wu
      August 10, 2018

      It’s all about timing and luck! I don’t always walk out with something and try to be pretty picky with thrifting because otherwise I’ll just end up at home with a ton of stuff that I don’t actually need or will wear haha.

  • Cara Newhart
    August 10, 2018

    I’m in LOVE with this hat! Such a perfect combo with that bag πŸ™‚

    xo,
    Cara
    https://neverskipbrunch.com

    • Sharon Wu
      August 10, 2018

      Thank you Cara! The hat was definitely a lucky find, and a summer essential!

  • Candace
    August 10, 2018

    I’m obsessed with straw hats! They are just perfect for the summer <3

    Candace
    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

    • Sharon Wu
      August 10, 2018

      Couldn’t agree more! I love straw accessories during the summer πŸ™‚

  • paige
    August 11, 2018

    love these photos! such a pretty post x

  • Livi Burke
    August 11, 2018

    Such a pretty place and outfit! Love the dress!

  • Celeste Godoy
    August 12, 2018

    You look absolutely stunning! I love how you styled this outfit!!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 12, 2018

      Thank you Celeste! I really appreciate it πŸ™‚ Hope you’re having a fabulous weekend!

  • Mariann Yip
    August 12, 2018

    That dress is gorgeous on you! I love your bohemian and causal style πŸ™‚ you are making me want to shop now!!

    • Sharon Wu
      August 12, 2018

      Thank you so much Mariann! Haha wish we could go thrifting together! xx

  • Samantha Mariko
    August 12, 2018

    I can’t believe this whole outfit is basically made with thrift finds! I’m super bad at thrifting but this made me want to check out some of the thrift stores in my area next time πŸ™‚ Love the desert vibes!
    xo Samantha

    • Sharon Wu
      August 12, 2018

      Haha yes! The bag and shoes I already had but the hat and dress are awesome thrift finds! I went thrifting again today and bought so much more fun stuff. So excited hahaha. Hope you’ll be able to find a few things you love the next time you thrift! xo

  • Atsuna Matsui
    August 12, 2018

    The dress is such a steal for $8!! I absolutely lovee the way that it looks on you and I actually really enjoy the lace dress looks on you and it’s so perfect for the summer time.

    BLOG | YOUTUBE | INSTAGRAM

    • Sharon Wu
      August 12, 2018

      Thank you Atsuna! I know, I couldn’t believe how affordable it is! Been hooked to thrifting lately and picked up a few more pieces today LOL.

  • Azanique Rawl
    August 12, 2018

    Girl, you look amazing! This is such a cute hat for summer and fall πŸ™‚

    -xo, Azanique | http://www.lotsofsass.com

  • Tara Fuller
    August 13, 2018

    i love a good straw accessory!

  • Jessica
    August 13, 2018

    These are great finds dear. Love the dress on you, so chic, carefree, and sexy on you.

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

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