I had a little fashion miracle at the end of last week. I found these cobalt blue Loft crops at the the thrift store for…wait for it…$3.75! Needless to say, I was excited for their work debut after such a steal.
The easy way to wear colorful bottoms is to pair them with a simple white or neutral top, but that’s just not as fun as working leopard print into the equation! The cobalt and leopard print have just the right amount of punch, and the black and gold accents bring it all together.
Thrifting can be a frustrating venture. I always walk in to the store wanting to take at least one item out with me, but you can’t force it. Forcing it is how you end up never wearing what you brought home, because you settled on the fit, color, style, etc., and despite having good intentions for spending less on clothes, you actually just wasted your $5. So how do you make thrifting a success? Here are a few tips:
- Have a general idea of what you’re looking for: Going in trying to find a specific brand of jeans in a specific cut and a specific wash never works. But you need some sort of direction or else you’ll be overwhelmed and wandering aimlessly. Start with what kind of clothes you want– for example, last week I looked for items I can wear to work. That narrowed down my focus. Then perhaps think about your closet at home and if you need more tops or bottoms. This way you have more purpose and can hone in on what you’re really looking for.
- Ask yourself if you would buy the item if it were $100: The whole point of thrift store shopping is to find amazing deals, but with such low prices you can end up buying a bunch of junk just because you’re amazed at the price. What typically happens to me is I find something I love on the rack, and when I try it on it’s just a bit off. The fit may not be perfect, or the color is faded, but I still want to love it. Instead of thinking, ‘It’s only $2! Just buy it anyway,’ ask yourself if you would spend $100 on it. Typically the answer is no, and I feel better about putting it back. At the end of the day, whether your clothes are from a thrift store or Nordstrom, you want your closet to be full of pieces you love and that fit well. Don’t sacrifice that for a deal.
- Go it alone: The things you find in thrift stores aren’t obviously fabulous. I mean, they’ve been donated for a reason, so you have to look past a few things. Maybe the smell of a jacket or a stain on the lining of a purse. But if you see through the flaws (as long as they’re fixable or negligible), then that’s what makes it a diamond in the rough. Usually, my friends don’t see the same diamond in the rough that I do. They see the coal. And when they pick things out, all I see is coal. Thrift store shopping by yourself keeps your creative juices flowing without judgment from others. If I really want a friend’s opinion, I’ll send them a picture text. Otherwise, I like to take my time trying on as much as I want and not worrying about what anybody else thinks. Some people may benefit from going in a group, but lonely thrift store shopping is what works for me!
What are some of your tips for finding great stuff at thrift stores? What’s your favorite find?
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