I realized recently that about 75% of my closet (probably more) comes from thrift stores, consignment shops, and second hand online shops like Thred Up and Poshmark. I've written about my history with thrifted fashion before, but it got me thinking that it would be fun to do a series of thrifted/ thrifty fashion posts.
I have so much second hand stuff in my closet, it's inevitable that something I'm wearing day to day will have come from one of these spots. And it's not that I can't afford to shop in "real" stores- because I can, and I do- but I am a big believer that anybody can be fashionable at any price point. And second hand fashion doesn't have to be the kooky vintage duds that college freshmen experiment with when they are trying to "find" their style. (Guilty!!)
I've also come to embrace that I like to swap things in and out of my closet on the regular, AND I don't mind having a lot of options. Trust me- I LOVE the idea of a capsule wardrobe. I've tried one out, and I actually employ a lot of the philosophies of a capsule collection when I travel so I can keep things light, but ultimately it's not for me day in and day out.
Now, having said that, because I've experimented with capsule collections I've gotten REAL honest with myself about what works for my life and my body, and I've done several big ol' closet purges. I had to break up with A LOT of heels in the process (Insert super sad face) but seriously, how many pairs can I wear when I spend most days working from home?? After purging, I've built my closet back up, but now I'm positively giddy when I look at all my garments hanging together. I honestly love it all, and when I don't, it goes.
It's helped me remember that mixing and matching things in my closet and getting dressed every day is a creative joy! And this same joy is available to everyone- because we all get dressed every darn day!
Since I've come to understand that I do like to create variety in my wardrobe + I enjoy designer stuff as much as the next gal, second hand clothing shopping gives me the freedom to do that guilt free. I still splurge on some pieces that I know will be staples in my wardrobe. But I also love that I can mix those pieces with my second hand treasures as well as those crazy cute finds at Target and H&M. (I LOVE hi/lo fashion and mixing a $20 dress with a pair of designer shoes or jeans.) And let's face it, I do love the thrill of the hunt. You have to in order to dive into thrift store or consignment racks.
I also think a lot about my environmental footprint and I try to be good were I can. Shopping second hand makes me feel better about my clothing purchases- especially when I read about the detrimental effects of fast fashion. I've actually thought about doing a whole year with only second hand fashion shopping, but I'm not quite there yet. Maybe someday...
So what's thrifty in this outfit? Glad you asked, cause most of it is:
Loft Jeans (Old-Purchased new. If you are vertically challenged like me, they have the best petites)
JCrew Top (Second Hand)
DV Fringe Boots from Target (Old-Purchased new)
Vintage Chain Necklace (Thrifted)
Vintage Christian Dior Glasses (Flea Market)
Vintage Rings (My Grandmother's and my Best Friend's Grandmother's)
Copper RIng (Old- Purchased MANY years ago, it might be Ralph Lauren?? Can't remember)
Brass & Stone Vintage Pocket Knife Necklace
Looking forward to more of these posts, and I'm curious to know if you do a lot of second hand clothes shopping yourself. Let me know in the comments!