To thrift, or not to thrift, that’s NOT the question. To thrift it is! Growing up I learned to manage finances at a young age. Although, in more recent years, it’s been frowned upon to pay your children for grades and chores, I believe this is how I learned the value of a dollar. I was able to manage a budget, save up for bigger items, and forecast for the future. Let’s just say, I learned to make a dollar holler. I could afford to shop at many places but I liked the thrill of bargain shopping and finding unique treasures at the thrift stores. My whole style aesthetic to this day is a mélange of high and low end items including some that are from the thrift store.
This week I teamed up with Anjelica from Crafty Thrifter for the ultimate thrifting challenge. Blogger vs. Blogger! We agreed to each style 2 outfits using a classic white v neck t-shirt and the rest of the items had to be thrifted. I was really excited to work on this project because I love to hunt for cool things. And to find them at crazy low prices makes it even more of an adventure. Both of the outfits I styled were less than $50 total (what a STEAL of a deal)!
My first outfit was a work inspired look. The black Zara skirt was the first item I found and I used that as the base for my outfit. Since the t-shirt and skirt were such classic pieces, I decided to style the rest of the ensemble in a charming way. I thought I would do a “play on style” using a bow tie as a choker because they are really trendy this season. The suspenders and loafers also added to the menswear theme. To finish the look, I added the red oversized heart bag. If you know me, you know my obsession with hearts (you can see other heart looks here and here)!
My second outfit was funkier and more casual. I found the cigar box handbag first and thought this would be the focal point for my outfit. Talk about a treasure, I also found Stuart Weitzman red snakeskin boots for $12.99 that were a must have! I decided to be a bit daring and add a pattern jean in a subtle color. This look was finished off with the same classic red glasses. Even though this outfit was a combination of patterns and prints the over appearance was great.
I think thrifting can be really enjoyable but it does take time to find what you are looking for. As a mom, it’s not always the most practical way to shop when I can buy online in 5 minutes. But I do like to thrift every so often and especially this time of year. Halloween is just around the corner and the thrift shop can help you find your costume on the cheap. Hope you enjoyed our blogger thrifting challenge and you challenge yourself to create a thrifted masterpiece. Stay tuned to Crafty Thrifty for her challenge update later this week.