“I’m just a broke college student.” Now that’s a phrase everyone has heard and a lot of us can relate to—at least in the sense that most of us don’t have the means to continuously update our wardrobe with all the newest trends from fashion week. Luckily, there is an easy, and more importantly, affordable way to plump up your wardrobe without breaking the bank.
Time to meet this Hoosier Fashionisto I spotted on the way back from class rocking his $5 Goodwill sweater with jeans and colored sneakers. Some of you may be questioning that statement. Goodwill? Really? There are no lies being told here. He purchased this sweater at Goodwill in Chicago over winter break for a grand total of $5. Now you’re probably asking why someone would want to shop at a thrift store, but here are a few reasons why you can’t go wrong with thrift stores:
First off, it was $0.99. Most thrift stores have a price range of about $0.99 to $5.99, which is perfect for our tight budgets. Secondly, there is almost guaranteed uniqueness. You’re pretty much guaranteed to have a one of a kind item when you purchase something at a thrift shop. There’s nothing more awkward than seeing five of the same sweaters in one lecture hall, let alone on the whole campus. Finally, Your Grandpa’s (and even your dad’s) clothes are cool now. Remember those skinny corduroys that you spotted your dad wearing in his high school yearbook? Time for you to rock ‘em. And what about all your grandpa’s old sweaters with the obnoxious patterns and strange colors? It’s their time to shine.
Macklemore’s hit song “Thirft Shop” echoes these sentiments. However, thrift shops require patience and open-mindedness. Since everything there is one or two of a kind, items tend to be separated by size and color and that’s about it. Take the time to look through different styles. Because thrift shops are so cheap, they’re a good place to try styles that you may not feel comfortable spending a ton of money on right away.
If thrifting isn’t your thing, don’t worry about it. Many of our favorite stores have picked up on this trend and are bringing back your grandpa’s style. Granted, these items can be a bit pricier, but there is always the sale section.
And don’t forget, “No for real—ask your grandpa—can I have his hand-me-downs?”
Hint: Your grandpa’s sweaters tend to have wild patterns so keep the rest of your look calm. That’s not to say you have to eliminate other colors and patterns altogether, but remember the art of balancing. Mix a small pattern button-down under a larger patterned sweater to keep it interesting.