Thrifted stripes + Denim style

Stripes and Denim style
Oversized Mala Bead Style
Stripes and Denim Spring Style
Denim and Stripes boho style
Betsy johnson boots with striped skirt
Striped dress with denim jacket

When I was first starting my career in my early 20's, I had no money, but lots of ideas about style. I had also just landed a job at a super trendy design firm, and I needed to beef up my wardrobe- quick. 

I created a super chic, stylish wardrobe with almost no money by digging through racks at thrift stores. I was no stranger thrifty fashion after all- my Mother and Grandmother were pros at finding the best threads at garage sales and consignment shops, and I was always in tow. 

Eventually through my 20's and 30's my tastes and style wandered more into designer territory. But I kept up my frequent hunts at flea markets and thrift stores. Except now, I was scouring the home goods and furniture departments for mid-century modern treasures. 

Lately, I've been perusing the clothing racks again. Mostly because I'm enamored with the idea of only buying second hand clothing. Morally and environmentally, it seems like a great concept...but I still go weak in the knees when I step into my favorite designer's stores and see the latest and greatest. I've been following Dawn Michelle over at Minimalist Beauty for quite some time, and I love that she's embraced curating her wardrobe with second hand pieces.

This outfit was the result of one of my recent thrifted fashion excursions- An incredibly comfortable flowing striped dress that I plan on wearing all summer long. I paired it with a denim jacket, and- for a little bit of my California boho vibe- some Betsy Johnson booties, and an oversized beaded amber mala- made by me.

What do you think- could you commit to only buying second hand fashion? With the dawn of things like Poshmark and ThredUp, it's probably easier than ever. Maybe a short term experiment is in order...