Oh the lovely world of thrift shops. As soon as you walk into one you’re immediately taken back into fashion’s past. The mysteriousness of each item overwhelms you and a sea of questions begins to flow through your mind. How old can this be? Who wore this before it graced the rack of this thrift store? Is this polyester? You might ponder how the original owner wore the piece but your main objective is how you’re going to bring it back into the modern world and make it your own. This week’s Fashionista is an expert at that.
Her thrifty and eccentric style immediately caught my attention. It’s not everyday that you find someone who can take any vintage piece that normally would be considered out of style and incorporate it perfectly into any season.
Name: Alyssa Ferguson
Major: Visual Communication
CollegeFashionista: What are you wearing today?
Alyssa Ferguson: I am wearing an H&M Cheetah Coat with faux leather insets, a vintage dress (Only $1 at Goodwill!), American Apparel knee-high socks and Nine West thrifted shoes.
CF: What your favorite thrift stores to shop at?
AF: I’m down to go to any thrift stores but my favorites are Goodwill, Buffalo Exchange, Savers, and Wasteland. I also love shopping online at Etsy and eBay.
CF: What is your favorite clothing item in your closet right now?
AF: My vintage Harley Davidson leather motocycle jacket. It’s vintage grunge and it kinda looks like a part of a costume which is why I love it so much.
CF: What is your fashion pet peeve?
AF: I’m not an UGGs fan. I refer to them as U-G-H like ugh. I’m all about presentation and I feel like there are so many winter boots you can wear besides UGGs.
CF: Who are your favorite designers?
AF: I really like Rodarte since it’s more like art rather than fashion. Also, Alexander McQueen is a staple. My style is not as much designer since I feel like fashion shouldn’t be based on labels, so it’s kinda hard to have a favorite.
CF: Do you have any tips for aspiring Fashionistas?
AF: I would say the way I go about fashion is to try and think of a look I want to go for that day. Chose what you want to be that day and treat it like a costume. But make sure you’re confident and comfortable in what you’re wearing.
How to: Try shopping at your local thrift stores. Not only are they ridiculously inexpensive, but you will find one-of-a-kind pieces that you won’t be able to get at the mall. If you’re not into wearing used clothing, you can still find new vintage inspired clothes. ModCloth is a great website and offers beautiful dresses, like this one that’s similar to our Fashionista’s. Keep warm in an animal print coat and add your favorite shoes and you’re ready to go.