I don’t care for shopping, but I LOVE thriftiness and hunting for treasures on a budget.
When I saw this ad for a “styled subscription box”, I loved the look. In fact, I loved a number of the looks across many of their ads… so this company is doing a great job!
But, here’s the problem… I can’t bring myself to pay the price. I work hard for what I earn, and I prefer to save. So, I revert to visiting my favorite thrift stores with a strong vision in my mind of what I’m looking for. I always have a list of goal pieces to bring home when I go thrifting – the success rate is pretty high when you thrift with both vision and focus! Two thrift stops later, I remade the outfit to my satisfaction, as well as several other similar pieces to help make my new wardrobe collection a little more simplistic and adult.
There’s no question of who wore it better – the model in the ad is a professional at looking good, lol! But the company’s stylish products average $60.00 each, from what I read!!! Yikes! My outfit from all the clothing you can see… blouse, sweater (which is ungodly soft) and jeans (including shoes & purse, which I already had but I’m factoring in) were roughly under $20.00 for EVERYTHING. That’s an average of $4.00 per item. Ca-ching!
If you haven’t given thrifting a chance, I highly recommend you do. Especially if you are in need of a style or age appropriate update. Whether your update is intended for fun, for work, or in preparation for a future portrait photo shoot, you will have fun!!! Plus, learn what your favorite thrift store “specials” are – I always hunt for the tag-color that is half off, or visit on Senior Citizen Discount day with my Mom as my side-kick!
Why was I updating my wardrobe?
My closet was full of wild patterns and bright colors, and of course your classic blacks. But those wild patterns don’t photograph well, and I felt they were becoming a little too juvenile. So I did a pretty heavy Marie-Kondo-Style closet cleanse and decided to put my “what to wear” rules to the test. Here are my 4 Filtering Factors to declutter your closet, pick your next outfit, and/or what to hunt for when thrifting:
What To Wear: 4 Filtering Factors to You Next Best Outfit
1. Clothing pieces that make you feel amazing
2. Properly sized, form-fitted pieces
3. Solid colors and simple patterns
4. Medium & dark tones, neutral, and jewel tones
The rules can always be broken, but this is a safe starting point for a timeless style.
You can see from this swatch shot that I chose a lot of medium to dark tones, both muted neutral shades and jewel tones. I am thrilled with my haul of new clothing pieces. They are all in great shape (no stains, no pilling, no rips or holes of any sort). What I love about thrifting regularly is that you get fast at it. I know what fabrics, cuts, and styles I like, especially when it comes to dress pants and jeans. So I can look through thousands of items at a glance to find what I’m hunting for. And thrift stores often have endless styles and time periods, so you aren’t limited to what your department store carries.
Get out there, hunt for some treasure, and let me know:
– what your vision was.
– what goodies you snagged.
– and how little you spent!
If you are already a thrifting-pro,
what are your favorite thrift stores to visit regularly?