Back to School on a Budget | Thrift Style Thursday

September 4, 2014

Hello, friends!  I am super excited about today’s EPIC Thrift Style Thursday post because I have five – that’s right, FIVE, count ’em, FIVE!! – thrifted outfits to share with you today for our “Back to School” theme!


Oh yes, a whole week of outfit inspiration for that ever-important first week of school!  I remember going back-to-school shopping with my mom at the end of every summer, searching for that perfect this-is-so-me outfit to wear on the first day of school.

A new school year means a new classroom (or set of classrooms) and potentially a whole new set of classmates, which means it’s a chance to make a fresh impression.  These five looks are sure to set you up for the rest of the school year – casual, attainable, budget-friendly and, most important, stylish!

Let’s get started!


Day 1: polka dot tank blouse (H&M) // twirly skirt (thrifted & refashioned) // tennis shoes (Payless) // neon pink stud earrings (H&M) // statement necklace (Forever 21) // gold bracelets (handmade & ModCloth)


Day 2: denim open-back top (thrifted) // distressed jeans (American Eagle) // leather oxfords (Marshall’s) // black stud earrings (H&M) // rose gold watch (Target) // vintage belt (gift)


Day 3: white denim jacket (gift) // floral dress (thrifted) // brown moto boots (Target, old) // pink stud earrings (H&M) // vintage bangle bracelet (gift)


Day 4: boho/peasant blouse (thrifted) // white denim shorts (thrifted & refashioned) // boho cowboy booties (gift) // small drop earrings (??) // peace sign necklace (local art fair) // boho bracelets (gift & American Eagle, old)


Day 5: stripe shirt (thrifted) // chambray shortalls (American Eagle) // leather sandals (Nordstrom Rack) // turquoise stud earrings (gift) // hipster owl necklace (gift)

Phew!  I know that was A LOT, but I am super excited to share that each of those outfits featured thrifted items of clothing and they were all just hanging there in my closet (or nestled very snugly in my dresser)!  That’s right, I didn’t even go shopping this year for my back-to-school looks.  I simply reworked, remixed and restyled what I already had, and I LOVE every single outfit I came up with!

Just goes to show what you can come up with a little perseverance and creativity!  Before you go, don’t forget to check out my fellow Thrift Style Thursday-er’s and their Back to School style:

Confessions of a Refashionista // Spoolish // Bethie the Boo // Style Hunter Fox // Being Zhenya // Slight Impression

*We’re currently re-working our Thrift Style Thursday group, and will hopefully have a Facebook page up and running soon, so you will be able to see all the amazing Thrift Style Thursday posts each week in one convenient place – stay tuned for updates!


As always, thanks so much for reading!  Love, Kristi :)

I think the most proper way to end this post is to share one of those classic “first day of school” photos that my mom took on my very first day of kindergarten – enjoy!


And just in case you wanted more of the adorable little me, here’s a picture of my grandmother as my V.I.P. guest in my kindergarten classroom.  :)

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  • emilygeraghty

    Tuesday is my fave!

    September 4, 2014 at 7:37 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks, Emmy! Tuesday and Friday are my faves!! :)

      September 4, 2014 at 9:17 am Reply
  • Confessions of a Refashionista

    Adorable then and a stylish fox now! Amazing re-working of what you already have & a perfect back to school post!

    September 4, 2014 at 7:37 am Reply
  • Ninutschka

    How cute your minnie-me is! And I love the combinations! My favourites are Monday & Wednesday! Cute :)

    September 4, 2014 at 7:40 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Haha thank you, I was a pretty cute kid! I wear that Wednesday dress all the time – I love it!! :)

      September 4, 2014 at 9:21 am Reply
  • spoolish

    Wow! Every outfit is awesome!! Love that floral dress and especially that denim tank- love that it’s a little open on the side. Your outfits always look so effortless but genuine (if that makes any sense). I kind of wish I was going back to school now…

    September 4, 2014 at 7:51 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks, Martyna!! I love, love, love the unexpected open back on the denim tank! And I totally had the same thought that I wanted to go back to school just to wear my cute clothes somewhere other than work haha! ;)
      And thank you so much for your sweet compliment! I decided when I started my blog I wanted to be genuine and simply reflect my personal style, so I’m really happy to hear that that comes across!! :)

      September 4, 2014 at 9:37 am Reply
  • bethietheboo

    GREAT post! Your double denim look is double denim done right! I have an old school pic of me in double denim on my blog today that is horrid, lol. I really love the orange striped shirt and romper! And I love seeing your old pics too!

    September 4, 2014 at 8:16 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you, Beth!! Those are my two favorite looks, too! And don’t worry, I have plenty of fashion faux pas pictures, too!! ;)

      September 4, 2014 at 9:42 am Reply
  • Madelyn

    Those short-alls are dreamy!

    September 4, 2014 at 9:26 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks, I am totally head-over-heels for these shortalls!! ;)

      September 4, 2014 at 10:18 am Reply
  • The Fashion Huntress

    Super cool! I love how varied your looks are :)!! I think Wednesday is my fav :)!

    September 4, 2014 at 11:37 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you! I tried to incorporate some different styles and layers! :)

      September 4, 2014 at 11:45 am Reply
  • V

    I think Monday and Thursday are my favorites

    September 4, 2014 at 11:50 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thanks! Haha it’s so fun how everyone likes different looks!! :)

      September 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm Reply
  • The Two Cent Chick (Justine)

    You overachiever, you!!! I seriously can’t pick my favorite look, but if I had too it would be the floral dress and boots. Classic, beautiful look!

    And seriously…the pictures at the end?! So adorable.

    September 4, 2014 at 4:12 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Haha yeah I was feeling a little crazy changing my outfit every five minutes but it was totally worth it!! And I hag a feeling you would go for the dress and boots look! ;)
      Thanks! :)

      September 4, 2014 at 5:29 pm Reply
  • BeingZhenya

    You are adorable! Love it!

    September 4, 2014 at 4:15 pm Reply
  • April Nunez

    Gaaa! thank you for these ideas!

    April of:
    IG: @beybiapril

    September 4, 2014 at 4:54 pm Reply
  • Nout @ SandpaperKissesBlog

    I love ‘Tuesday’ – I’ve been searching for a sleeveless chambray/denim top ;)

    September 5, 2014 at 7:18 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you! I got that top at a consignment store, I sold some clothes and used my store credit!! :)

      September 5, 2014 at 7:29 pm Reply
  • marlenameow

    I think Wednesday is my favorite. I just love everything about i! I’m trying the 30 for 30 day fashion challenge right now and I bet you’d be good at it, too! Lots of remixing :)

    September 6, 2014 at 7:42 am Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!! I had so much fun putting together this post, I was totally thinking of doing more, but I’m a little nervous about the commitment haha! :)

      September 6, 2014 at 7:50 am Reply
  • ASofterApproach

    Well done! Following for future updates. Be sure to check out my blog about a stay at home dad that uses thrift shopping to generate income.

    September 7, 2014 at 7:05 pm Reply
    • alligatortoe

      Thank you!! I will be sure to check out your blog, sounds very interesting! :)

      September 8, 2014 at 7:25 am Reply

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