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Secondhand style: Wash and wear weekend

This is Alden's seventh entry in the series "Grist dared me to make a change." Read the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth here. And support her dare with a gift to Grist! White ribbed tank, Goodwill Greenwich Village, $9.99; yellow lacrosse shorts, Goodwill Annapolis, $3.50; Chucks (or knockoffs, I'm not sure), Salvation Army, $3.99. Total for outfit: $17.48.Photo: Alden WickerTwo things I learned about the Salvation Army by Union Square: 1.      It does not have air conditioning. 2.      It does not have dressing rooms. Can we say miserable? It was 103 degrees in Manhattan when I found myself …

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Secondhand style: Duds for downward dog

This is Alden's sixth entry in the series "Grist dared me to make a change." Read the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth here. And support her dare with a gift to Grist! Club Monaco dress from Housing Works; around $20, BCBGirls open-toed heels, $12.99; purse, $9.99. Total for outfit: $41.99.Alden WickerToday I pulled something I already had out of the closet: a Club Monaco dress I got at Housing Works last year. It's a nice dress, though I never gave it much credit because I got it at a thrift store. It's a psychological phenomenon, that we value something …

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Secondhand style: Wake me up, I'm wearing a nightgown

This is Alden's fifth entry in the series "Grist dared me to make a change." Read the first, second, third, and fourth here. And support her dare with a gift to Grist! H&M maxi dress, $14.99; embellished sandals, $12.99; oversize heart drop earrings, $5.99 (as I remember) from Goodwill Annapolis; purse, $9.99. Total for outfit: $43.96.Alden WickerI'm so bored by my outfit today, I can't even tell you. I tried to punch up this H&M maxi dress, but I don't have any colorful jewelry or scarves. So I braided my hair, put on a huge pair of earrings I bought …

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Secondhand style: I melted a shirt. Seriously.

This is Alden's fourth entry in the series "Grist dared me to make a change." Read the first, second, third, and fifth here. And support her dare with a gift to Grist! Mango Suit dress, $14.99; Express necklace with the tags still on, $19.99; gold star stud earrings, $1.99; black purse, $9.99; BCBGirls black open-toed pumps, $12.99. Total for outfit: $59.95.Photo: Alden WickerEveryone seemed to love yesterday's outfit, especially when I lost the shirt and just wore the dress. I thought the dress looked frumpy without it, but I got a lot of compliments ("That sweetheart neckline looks so good …

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Secondhand style: Do used undies cross the line?

This is Alden's third entry in the series "Grist dared me to make a change." Read the first, second, fourth, and fifth here. And support her dare with a gift to Grist! Flowered dress, $19.99; men's shirt, $9.99; sandals, $12.99; sunglasses, $5.99; gold star stud earrings $1.99. Total for outfit: $50.95.Photo: Alden WickerMy outfit yesterday went over really well! The editorial team all loved it. My editor said I looked stylishly French, and -- unprompted, mind you -- the CEO interrupted herself in the middle of a sentence to tell me how cute I look. I've read that artists actually …

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Secondhand style: No hoochie dresses, please

This is Alden's second entry in the series "Grist dared me to make a change." Read the first here. And support her dare with a gift to Grist! Club Monaco dress, $12.99; black tank top, $9.99; long necklace, $9.99; gold star stud earrings, $1.99; BCBGirls black open-toed pumps, $12.99; black purse, $9.99; from Goodwill Greenwich Village. Total for outfit: $47.95.Alden WickerGoing into this challenge, I thought my first shopping trip would be an all-day affair. I was pretty sure I would have to go to at least three different stores to find seven wearable outfits. But I hoped I would …

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Secondhand style: Wearing clothes dropped off in garbage bags

This is Alden's first entry in the series "Grist dared me to make a change." Read the second, third, fourth, and fifth here. And support her dare with a gift to Grist! Thrift store fashionCourtesy of the justified sinner via FlickrFor one week, starting July 18, I'm going to wear nothing but clothing and accessories that I can rustle up from secondhand stores. That includes clothing, shoes, belts, hats, and purses. It does not include underwear. I draw the line. I spend roughly $5,000 every year on clothes. This year I bought almost my entire spring update from organic and/or …

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