While college students who are strapped for cash are extolling the greatness of thrifting, there are a few questionable caveats to the benefits of shopping second hand clothing. For one, you really have no idea who wore the item before you, what their hygiene practices were or what they did in that clothing. Also, a lot of the clothing items that fill the racks of second hand stores are obnoxiously trendy pieces that are so beyond “out of style,” it would be an embarrassment to be seen in them. Some young adults are fortunate enough to have a stylish older sibling who can pass down some of their favorite already worn-in pieces to their younger family members. Such is the case with this Fashionisto from Saint Paul.
This young man’s older brother was kind enough to pass down this cotton jacket, which I posit is the most important piece of this outfit. The most crucial element of this piece of outerwear is the healthy dose of options and opportunities that come with it. Layer it over a hoodie in the fall for a little extra protection from the brisk wind, throw it over a T-shirt on a cool summer afternoon or tie it around your waist after the sun decides to show and heat things up again.
This Fashionisto allowed for his jacket to be the center of attention by keeping everything else in his outfit strictly black or white. A pop of color (even if it is brown) will show that much more if everything else is uniform and plain black and white. This T-shirt is so great because of its timeless design. Nothing too trendy here, this shirt can be worn with any casual outfit and will be a great piece to hand down to someone else in the family after it has been retired from rotation.
These jeans, following the black and white uniformity seen in the shoes and T-shirt, are appropriate for our theme of hand-me-downs because they look so worn in due to the nature of the wash. Falling somewhere in the category of “acid wash,” these jeans were bought with a slightly faded look, ready to wear with any informal outfit.
This Fashionisto provided a solid foundation to his outfit with a pair of low-cut, pristine white Chuck Taylor Converse All-Star sneakers. The only more challenging task than finding a more classic summer sneaker is keeping these bad boys as clean as they were on day one. If you find that you have scuffed them, just take after Martin Margiela and throw some paint on them to make you look like you “do art” or something. It’s a great way to hide the scuffs, and they will make for an interesting pair to hand down in the later years.
Hint: The greatest part about Chuck Taylor All-Star low-cuts are the slim silhouette that hugs the ankle, so cuff those jeans an extra time to really show them off. Also, a hand-me-down that fits awkwardly can be disappointing, but there are ways to get around that problem. Roll up the sleeves and keep it unzipped to let it drape freely so as to take away from the ill-fitting nature of the garment.