For quite some time now, thrifting has increased in popularity amongst celebrities, fashion bloggers (like one of my favorites Extra Petite) and general masses as a way to enhance one’s wardrobe. I’ve always been so envious of my friends who manage to score some really unique finds at thrift stores and admittedly, I’m still a work in progress when it comes to discovering my own secondhand treasures. This week, I chatted with Fashionisto, John Tomasello, about the beauty and practicality of thrift stores.
Name: John Tomasello
CollegeFashionista: Let’s start off with a simple question. What are you wearing today?
John Tomasello: I’m wearing pair of penny loafer dress shoes that I’ve had for years and used to wear to church on Sundays. The sweater is from Kohl’s. I got the button-down and jeans from a large thrift store near my parents’ house.
CF: What stores do you find yourself frequenting the most? Why do you constantly find yourself going back?
JT: Because of my limited college budget, I shop mostly at thrift stores and department stores like Kohl’s. I come from a large family, so I'm used to getting hand-me-downs or clothing from thrift stores. The habit stuck and I still would much rather buy secondhand clothing that is in great shape over stores that carry expensive brands. Plus, thrift stores usually have plenty of brand name clothing at such a low price.
CF: Where do you usually get your style inspiration?
JT: I don't consciously follow fashion trends like looking at magazines or websites. I'd have to say I just pick it up from what I see around from television, movies I watch or from what I see other people wearing around campus. I, by no means, would consider myself a pioneer of fashion.
CF: What are your favorite articles of clothing or accessories in your closet?
JT: I love Converse! Every other year, my family goes on vacation in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware and there’s a Converse outlet store there that sells discount pairs for $20. Last vacation, I bought a pair of blue high tops, and two years before that, a pair of army camouflage ones.
How To: This Fashionisto looked casual yet put together in his budget friendly ensemble. Ladies and gents, layering a nice sweater over a button-down is a classic combination that you can’t ever go wrong with, as demonstrated by this Fashionisto. Slip on your favorite pants and you’ll be set for any occasion — like thrifting with your friends! Try going to your local thrift store and peruse it's mix of diverse offerings. You never know what thrifty fashionable gems you may stumble upon!