I’m so excited to be sharing some thrifter shopping techniques with you all! Some of you are avid thrifters like me and some of you are honestly wondering how you can incorporate thrifted fashion into you current wardrobe to create an “up to date” look for less. These tips will help you navigate thrifted and vintage styling with ease.
Option #1 Go All In!
This is the easiest idea to wrap your mind around. If you are feeling a certain era (80’s,90’s, etc.) your mission will be to find pieces from that time or even current pieces that were created in those styles and fits. This can usually be a “head to toe” look meaning that when someone looks at your styling, they can generally see that you are giving a certain vibe.
Option #2 A Recycled Look
Going for a recycled look simply means that you want to take a single garment and incorporate it into your daily life. The attention will not necessarily go to that vintage garment, instead it will “fit in” and be a seamless part of your overall styled look. Colors, prints, and styles that tend to come back around each season will work well for you if this is the kind of thrifter you are. A couple of great examples include pastel florals blouses for spring or bright vibrant sundresses for summer. Those ideas never really go away, they are just modified slightly each season.
Option #3 I Love This Piece
So you found a piece that are madly in love with…but what will you even wear it with?!?!? The problem might be that your new piece may not be like anything else that you own. This was the case with this vintage Adidas sweater. I have nothing in my closet that is this color, texture and style but I couldn’t leave it behind. The first thing I did was pay attention to the (details) accent color in the sweater and the brand or type or garment (athletic/athleisure). I drew more attention to the thin red stripe on the sweater by choosing a pair of red joggers to compliment the top. To give the look more interest and depth, I accessorized with a metallic fanny pack (It’s more athletic than a purse), layered a denim jacket over the sweater, and made the overall look a bit more fancy with a statement heel.
I know that last one is a lot to take in and it takes some practice but if you start with the details of why you love that dream item, you will have more success in styling it. This is a starting place, not the only option. I would love to hear from you if you have other tips to share, enjoy!