Travel-Inspired with The Thrifty Six



The theme for this month’s Thrifty Six collaboration is “Inspired by Travel”—what a fun prompt, huh? Immediately my mind started racing with visions of Parisian chic looks, tropical accessories, easy floral dresses perfect for the Tuscan countryside... But as I started to picture outfits I could create using pieces from my own closet, I realized none of the looks incorporated secondhand items, ha! I had forgotten the whole point of the collaboration… I shifted gears and decided to embrace a much cozier option inspired by a recent vacation of my own—the mountain getaway I took to Breckenridge a few weekends ago! Yes, it might not be as romantic as some of the European-inspired outfits I was imagining, but the girls I saw in Breck were sporting some very cute sweaters and booties, making me very excited for fall. It was the perfect excuse to break out my secondhand camo buttondown! 


When I think of a mountain getaway, I imagine a warm log cabin with lofted ceilings, the smell of pine trees and fresh air, and the crackling of wood coming from a stone fireplace. Lots of reading, lots of games, and, if you feel so bold, putting a movie in a DVD player the old-fashioned way because there is no internet connection for streaming. Doesn’t that just sound so relaxing?! My boyfriend and I have been watching “Yellowstone”, so I’ve had cabins on my mind recently. 

What I don’t necessarily think of when I imagine a mountain vacation is looking particularly chic, but that’s what I liked so much about observing the fashion of other tourists in Breckenridge. They fit the outdoorsy, active vibes of the scenery, yet they still looked very stylish and on-trend. Today’s outfit is my attempt to do just that. 

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Instead of throwing on an oversized sweater (which I actually don’t own, now that I think about it), I liked the idea of layering several pieces together, with my camo buttondown being the thrifted star of the show. I started with a white ribbed crop top underneath the camo, which I left unbuttoned. Even though I know skinny jeans have been deemed no longer fashionable, I threw them on anyway, tucking them into my new Express mid-calf booties—which are very trendy at the moment. I figured the mix of the two would give me that perfect stylish, yet effortless look that the mountain girls rocked. 

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The outfit was cute as-is, but it felt like it was missing something—enter: the maroon quilted vest. Nothing seems more mountain-esque to me than a quilted vest, and I love the mix of fall colors between the rich brown, olive green, and maroon. I threw on some shades and layered a few rose gold necklaces before calling it a day. 

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I could see the “base” of this outfit being styled for several different occasions. Close the button-down and add a beanie for chillier fall days. Swap the shoes for hiking or rain boots to wear to the pumpkin patch. Switch the vest with a dark green utility jacket. The options are endless! Even though we went to Breckenridge when it was still very much summer in Denver, the cooler temps of the mountains would have made this outfit a perfect option for the mini-vacation. 


Be sure to check out all my thrifty friends’ travel-inspired outfits at the links below. This was such a fun and versatile theme, it really made me realize I have to spice up my ideas next time I get to choose (I picked “red” the first year and “jumpsuits” more recently. Lame prompts by comparison!). 


Jane of Preloved-Vintage-Handmade:

“Sapphire from the Central Country… ‘Inspired by Travel’ is this month’s theme for the Thrifty Six… Memories of my time in China have always been precious to me. Beautiful fashion, architecture, landscapes and the strange mist that often veils the sky… it all fascinates and inspires me. This vintage robe reminds me of those seen at the infamous Hong Kong night market. It’s my pure silk, sapphire from the Central Country and I’ll always treasure it!”

Emma of Style Splash:

“When I was packing for my holiday to Barbados I went up in the loft to look for some shorts… which still elude me. However, I did rediscover this very old vest top that someone gave to me many years ago. The colours remind me of a Bajan sunset so I threw it in my case and ended up wearing it for a visit to the beautiful Hunte’s Gardens and Welchman Hall Gully where we got married 12 years ago.”

Lucy of Lucy Bertoldi:

“When Jane chose the theme of travel outfits it immediately reminded me of overseas trips or holidays. I couldn’t help styling up this dreamy, light, and breezy jumpsuit. I found it for literally nothing at an op shop near me. Like who on earth would even think of giving up this perfectly gorgeous gem? But honestly, I’m ecstatic that someone did – Greece vibes for me!”

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style:

“When Jane emailed the theme for this month, inspired by travel, I knew immediately what to wear. We actually only travel by car, because I can’t fly because of my lung disease. And our absolute favourite country is England. So it would be something I’ve worn a lot there or something I’ve bought there! And the latter is the case. We have been going to Sussex almost all the time in recent years and often go shopping in Lewes. Such a very pleasant town with beautiful antiques and second-hand shops. And in one of those shops I found this Diane von Furstenberg dress.”

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge:

“I found this fun maxi skirt last year on a thrifting adventure and never wore it. Until now! The floral and geometric print along the bottom reminds me of some far off exotic paradise. While I didn’t travel far wearing this outfit, I did wear it recently for a historic church walking tour in a nearby town that is celebrating its sesquicentennial this year. My long minty green duster was also thrifted and worn a bunch of times already. I love the way they paired together for an easy comfortable bohemian travel look.”

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As always, thanks for stopping by the blog today, and let me know what you’re most looking forward to in fall! 


Miles of smiles,


White Crop Top: American Eagle, $8 ($2.00 per wear) | Camo Button-Down: Hand-me-down, last worn here | Maroon Vest: Francesca’s, $45 ($1.29 per wear), last worn here | Skinny Jeans: Express, $42 ($0.95 per wear), last worn here | Mid-Calf Booties: Express, $23, buy here | Sunglasses: Sungait via Amazon, gifted by brand, last worn here | Brown Circle Purse: Target, $30 ($1.11 per wear), last worn here

3 comments on “Travel-Inspired with The Thrifty Six”

  1. Grace, this outfit is so cute and absolutely screams mountain town! Breckinridge is such a gorgeous town. I was only there once many years ago but I do remember getting all the trendy mountain vibes back then, too! I love hose boots and they work so well with skinny jeans. Great look, my friend!


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