My one of a kind style: Sonoma Chic
Living in California’s wine country, I have developed my own unique style. I call it ‘Sonoma Chic’. It’s a bit casual, slightly dressy but always comfortable. Sonoma Chic is about looking my most stylish in classic, yet modern, no-fuss looks. The goal is to look effortlessly well put together.
What makes my style even more unique is that I created my Sonoma Chic wardrobe with a combination of secondhand and high-end purchases.
Shopping secondhand is a thrill for me. I never know what I’ll discover at thrift shops and consignment boutiques. Unusual, classic, vintage, and even practical finds are not uncommon. The olive green safari shirt pictured above, for example, was just a few dollars.
Often, I’ll find items I’d not normally consider wearing until it crossed my path at a thrift or consignment shop. Secondhand shopping allows me to play with my style without emptying my wallet. I usually stay away from baggy clothes, but when I found an oversized vintage fisherman’s sweater at a thrift shop, I bought it for $3.00 then paired it with green jeans and Hunter wellies for a stylish and casual rainy day look.
While I love the surprises that secondhand shopping offers, I also like that it’s environmentally friendly and money spent at many secondhand shops goes to charity. Also, I can give what someone else thought was junk, a new chance to shine, like this burgundy shirt dress I bought with the tags still on at a thrift shop and this on-trend chunky chain necklace, also bought gently used. It’s feel-good shopping at its best!
Frequently, I find secondhand clothes that are great for travel. This denim jacket and ruched Club Monaco dress, both from thrift shops, went to Lake Como, Italy with me last spring.
Some of my favorite clothes and accessories in my closet are from thrift stores. But I can’t rely solely on used items to create my unique style. There are clothes, accessories and underpinnings that I can’t source in a secondhand shop.
Because I save by buying much of my wardrobe secondhand, I can afford to splurge on a few high-end things. I splurged on this Burberry Rushworth coat last Christmas.
My unique style, ‘Sonoma Chic’, would best be described as a balance between secondhand and high-end garments and accessories that allows me to create a wardrobe that suits my individual flair while I live my California wine country lifestyle.
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