I don’t know about you Fashionistas, but I personally have had trouble in the past finding timeless pieces to add to my wardrobe that are thrifted. They always seem to be a tad outdated, or lacking the unique factor I strive for when thrifting. I originally approached this week’s Fashionista interested in her sleek leather jacket, and was pleasantly surprised to find that most of her accessories were thrifted! Her beyond chic ensemble has inspired me to try my hand once again at thrifting for accessories, with a few tips to keep in mind.
First, in terms of shoes, stick with the basics, like this Fashionista who models a pair of black combat boots. Oftentimes I find that if you are searching for a pair of one of a kind pumps or studded flats, you’ll come up short. Classic kicks like combat or motorcylce boots have been around for decades, and have clearly shown that they’re here to stay. Easy to dress down and up, these boots are versatile, bold and a staple in any Fashionista’s closet. So, when thrifting for shoes, and especially boots with the winter soon coming, remember K.I.S.S.–Keep It Simple, Shopper.
Next tip: remember the three P’s–pattern, pattern and pattern! In many thrift stores, there are items dating back as early as the mid-1900s and we all know the highs and lows that patterns in fashion have gone through. I for one would not be caught dead in half the garb my mother wore during the 80s but would be in heaven with her wardrobe of the 70s because of the boho prints and fabrics. It is crucial to choose lush patterns, like this week’s Fashionista rocks in her scarf, and to avoid the out of date patterns.
Finally, when searching for a thrifted bag, don’t be put off by some wear and tear. A fabulous bag with a worn handle just shows how loved it was in its heyday. A sparkling beaded clutch with a few missing beads? Pin a gem broach over the missing spots, and you have a better accessory than you started with! A satchel with a worn strap like this week’s Fashionista’s? Purposefully fray the rest of the strap and call it grunge chic.
So, you thrifty Fashionistas, don’t be afraid to get creative and go searching at your local thrift store. Keep these tips in mind, and bring that old time accessory back to life!
Spotted: Mara Hoffman’s fall 2012 runway show featured a variety of bohemian-inspired scarves and shawls, much like this week’s Fashionista’s scarf. Get inspired by this ready to wear look, and thrift to your heart’s desire.