First day of school, fraternity formal, summer job interview and graduation…all of these events usually justify buying an entirely new outfit at full price. While some might focus more on feeling like a hundred bucks because they spent a hundred bucks, what is really more important is to find an outfit that makes you feel confident and exudes your own personal style. With this being said, scouring second-hang stores for the perfect vintage pieces is the best advice I can give!
From head to toe, this Fashionista proves that you can rock second-hand pieces while still making them entirely your own. Her leather ankle boots, which work as the focal point of her outfit, were found at a vintage store in Charlottesville, Virginia. Her retro dangle earrings are not only adorable, but they are eco-friendly because they were bought at a thrift store.
While most of her outfit is neutral, wearing a bright, striped shirt adds a pop of color and shows she is aware of the styles of the season. Fashion designers Michael Kors, Tommy Hilfiger and Marc Jacobs all incorporated thick solid stripes into their spring 2013 collections. And they too paired their stripes with neutral pieces.
If you don’t think you live in an area that has vintage stores, thanks to the internet, the stores can come to you! If you are looking for designer vintage pieces, Decades is a great site to try. There are also boutiques around the country that sell vintage pieces. One in particular, School of Vintage, hand picks their pieces in order to create a distinctive style that focuses on the eras they love. It has everything from floral high-waisted shorts to sling-back high heels. ModCloth, the popular online dress store, has even added a vintage section. I am obsessed with all of their polka-dot items.
So just remember, you don’t always have to buy something brand new in order for it to feel brand new. Some of the coolest, trendiest and most exciting pieces are hidden away in hole-in-the-wall stores.