It’s Raining Cats and Dogs



The third Monday of the month means Thrifty Six time! If you’re new, the Thrifty Six is a collaboration of six bloggers who share a love of secondhand fashion. Once a month, one of us picks a theme and we all create outfits around that prompt, with a thrifted item being the centerpiece of the look. March’s theme was “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs”—very fun and unique, but also challenging!


I don’t own any secondhand rain jackets or rain boots… nor do I own any clothing (thrifted or not) with cats or dogs on it. So what was the next best thing? I thought of this faux fur jacket that I bought during my first week studying abroad in Scotland. Whenever I wear it, I think of my time in Glasgow, and reminiscing on Glasgow conjures memories of overcast skies and damp frizzy hair. I remember thinking after living there for a month that the rain and dreariness is different than that of the Pacific Northwest. I lived in the Seattle area for eight years and the rain was incessant—the day started gloomy and ended the same way. In Scotland, however, there could be a torrential downpour one minute and sunshine the next, followed by more rain. I never knew what to wear!

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One time while abroad, I wore this teal jacket to an ABBA-themed party at the student union building, and I had to walk half hour in the rain. The faux fur, unsurprisingly not suited for that sort of weather, smelled like a wet dog afterwards. So maybe the jacket fits the theme more than I thought? I may not be wearing cats or dogs or rain gear, but dang nabbit, I smelled like a dog.

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I like this outfit because it’s a little more casual. The faux fur is a statement piece fit for going out, but paired with sneakers and a t-shirt, it becomes much more day-time appropriate. I paired it with my black and white striped sunglasses and this polka dot tea kettle purse. The purse is another piece that feels dressy, but I actually quite liked how it looked with this relaxed outfit. Just a little touch of whimsy.

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Be sure to check out how my thrifty friends interpreted this month’s theme at the links below. It’s my turn to choose the prompt for April, and I decided to go with “On Screen Style Icons”—I’m very excited to see what everyone puts together!


Jodie of Jodie’s Touch of Style:

“Considering we only get 7 inches of rain a year, it seems silly to pay full price for rain boots. That’s why I always look for them at secondhand stores and can find the best ones! The jacket may not be a raincoat per se, but it’s the kind of material that rain would run off, and I just love the colors.”

Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style:

“I buy preloved clothes from the brand I used to work for. It does not exist anymore and sometimes I spot some items that I already loved back then but never bought (which is really weird because I was the manager and got a 50% discount on clothes, so you can imagine that I bought a lot!). This top is so cute as I adore cats. And I love the relaxed look of the sneakers with the satin skirt and the basic top underneath the cat top. Somehow sneakers like that and a long sleeved tee under a short sleeved one fits together.” 

Jane of Preloved-Vintage-Handmade:

“Raining Cats & Dogs… That’s the T6 theme this month and I’ve taken it very literally… My glossy red tote bag with a big black cat… My vintage Ted Baker jumper with a cute French Bulldog… and my transparent raincoat to keep me nice and dry. I’m also having lots of fun with the current transparent trend.”

Emma of Style Splash:

“One thing we have no shortage of in the UK is rain. In fact, I had to do these photos in between torrential downpours. As a cat person (I do love dogs too though) I have plenty of feline-themed clothes and accessories. The cheetah print bomber jacket and velvet cat bag are both eBay purchases from a few years ago. I never really found a way to style the jacket in a way I liked until preparing for this post, when a frantic rummage in the clothes pile resulted in this outfit. The black and white cat shirt is a previously gifted item from Salamander Shirt from a couple of years ago.”

Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge:

“This theme gave me the idea to pair my thrifted satin blouse all covered in leopards with my preloved red raincoat. And then just as I expected, my secondhand black sequined leggings very much resemble raindrops when photographed. I added all sorts of cat things as well as some other thrifted pieces. I guess it only rains cats around here. Not so much dogs!” 

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Hope your week is off to a great start, and thanks for stopping by the blog today.


Miles of smiles,



White Tee: JCPenney, $9 ($0.60 per wear), last worn here | Teal Faux Fur Jacket: Thrifted, $18 ($4.50 per wear), last worn here | Black Skinny Jeans: Express, $42 ($1.05 per wear), last worn here | Sneakers: UIN Footwear, gifted by brand, last worn here | Striped Sunglasses: Charming Charlie, $10 ($0.56 per wear), last worn here | Teacup Purse: Kate Spade New York, gift, last worn here

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