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Thrifting for an Alaskan Cruise

I have a special treat for you on today’s Fashion Friday. If by chance you are shopping for your next cruise, consider shopping at your local thrift store. The following fashions were all purchased at local second-hand shops and would make great additions to any packing list, particularly a cruise. If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a formal you may only wear once, then a thrift store is a great option.

These fashions were modeled by S.E.L.F. volunteers at an event in Fairhope, AL this week. This group was organized to provide women the opportunity to give back to their community in four different ways. Through service, education, leadership and fellowship these ladies enhance their community and have fun at the same time. They volunteered over 10,000 service hours in 2014 and this fashion show was one of their 5 social events scheduled each year. If you work hard, you should play hard as well and this event was a lot of fun!

The outfits were found in thrift stores from Fairhope to Destin, Florida and beyond. One pair of shoes cost over $20, but all other items were $15 or below, including the cocktail dresses. Save these ideas when you go shopping for your cruise.


Red Sequins with Black Skirt

This black handkerchief hemmed skirt with red and black sequined jacket could go from day to night.

Red & Black Sequined Jacket

Chevron Stripe Dress

Chevron stripes can carry this dress from spring and summer into fall.

Orange Fringe Maxi

Two pieces, this maxi dress could be part of Formal Night or a fun sundress on deck at one of the ship parties.

Orange Fringe Two Piece Dress

Fun and colorful flip flops make it a smart casual outfit.

Black & White Dress

A classic black and white dress should be in every ladies’ wardrobe.

Thrifting for an Alaskan Cruise

This silver combo was one of my personal favorites. Great for cocktails or dressed down with a denim jacket, it’s a perfect duo.

Ladies Blue Pinstripe Suit

A light blue pinstripe suit could be split up and worn several different ways on a cruise. Perfect colors!

Little Black Dress

A lovely lady in a little black dress. Perfect for any occasion.

Thrift Store Jacket

Everyone was in shock when this pretty lady shared that her jacket was only $3. Great look for Fall.

Floral Shift Dress

An abstract floral shift was next on our Runway Review. An easy dress to throw on for air travel or a casual dinner.

Red Jacket with Black Beading

A beaded jacket with black and red makes a striking combination.

Black Sequin Cocktail Dress

If my memory serves, this sassy lady is sporting a black sequined cocktail dress that cost only $10! It was found at Hertha’s Second Addition in Fairhope, AL.

Sequined Top with Black PantsIf you prefer not to wear a dress on formal night, this sequined top and black pants will solve that problem.

Applique Neckline

The beaded neckline adds just the right amount of bling.

Nautical Dreams

A nautical look from head to toe. A great option for excursions.

Black and Pink Floral

A tropical look for a tropical cruise.

Black Applique Gown

A lovely floral appliquéd dress for a cruise or a Mardi Gras party.

Black Spaghetti Strap Dress

Add any throw or jacket to this spaghetti strap dress and the look totally changes.

Hermes Look-Alike Top

The top of this outfit mimics one of the original Hermès scarves that is still copied after 80+ years.

Short-Waisted Jacket

Short Waist Jacket in blue and white make this a must have for any cruise. The large buttons and polka dot scarf tie up another perfect outfit.

Pinstripe with Polka Dot Scarf


One pair of leggings + any number of tunics = Multiple Outfits

Animal Print Jacket

Animal Print with Skirt

This jacket could be dressed up or down.

Spring Bouquet

In case you need a fun and flirty costume, you can spring onto the scene with this “slinky ensemble.”

Have you got $20 in your pocket? You could purchase a whole cruising wardrobe at your local thrift store.

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