Mixing it Up

Updated on Mar 18, 2010
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About 80% of my wardrobe is thrift, and I have had many people asking how I find such great pieces at thrift shops. Over years of thrift shopping I have acquired a couple pointers that I have decided to share with you all. I have been meaning to do this for awhile, but work has been insane lately, and today I finally have a couple of minutes to compile a couple of tips:

Seedy Neighborhoods always have the best selection. I figure it’s because they don’t know what they have or the people shopping at these locations aren’t looking for fashion forward clothing. Also many people think new is better so they will pick up the j.Crew sweater before the vintage Dior.

#2: Shop off of the beaten path. I have always found great pieces at thrift shops in obscure towns. It’s less picked over, and a lot of times the clothing is legitimately from a previous era (I.E. 60’s 70’s).

When overwhelmed look for prints/fabrics that catch your eye. This makes it easier to sort through all of the clothing.

#4. If you find a great piece that isn’t your size, there a million things you can do to make it work. For instance, throw a cardigan over an over sized blouse. Belts are you best friend for clothing that doesn’t fit. You can use a belt for cinching in the waist. Or for creating a dress out of a blouse. Or simpye wrap one around a sweater to create a modern silhouette. Also, layering is your best friends in this situation.

#5.Hit the thrift shops like Goodwill or Salvation Army before you go to legitimate vintage stores. A lot of times vintage clothing shops are too overpriced and from my experience, many times the dresses aren’t actually vintage, they just buy a vintage fabric, and put on elastic wasteland and mark it vintage.

#6. Hit up swap meets. This is where many vintage shops get there inventory, and if you get it at the source it’s that much cheaper.

#7. Look up estate sales, especially if you are looking for unique jewelry.

#8: Think outside of the box, if you love the pleating on a pair of trousers but the rest of the pant is an awkward shape, feel free to create shorts. If you find a shirt with a beautiful neckline but the rest of it is horrendous, then make the neckline into a necklace. Also, mom jeans always look good when made into cut offs. There are infinite possibilities and it’s fun to experiment considering the clothing is so inexpensive, if you spend $3 on a shirt, its a bit easier to cut up than a $50 shirt, and you will have a custom piece made just for you!

I hope this helps!!!

www.anotherdaytodressup.blogspot.com

COMMENTS (48)

liveworkstyle
liveworkstyle on January 12
thank you so much for the tips! you look adorable!
XinYiChong
XinYiChong on January 10
VERY chic!
NoseyNotions
NoseyNotions on October 03
awesome tips... thanks so much!!!
princesslove
princesslove on September 23
PRRREEETTTYYY<3
lolaveevintage
lolaveevintage on September 11
LOVE!
londondude
londondude on August 19
OMG, WOW! Love it! this is so suuuper cute! You look utterly fab in this! x
beautifulfall
beautifulfall on June 02
undeniably adorable.
chopsticksleah
chopsticksleah on May 30
cuteee
chopsticksleah
chopsticksleah on May 30
very chic :)
Fabulous_Kath
Fabulous_Kath on April 13
im so into this outfit... fresh, fun and so chic
4everUSMC
4everUSMC on March 28
cute
ChloeLorena
ChloeLorena on March 28
I love this, the pattern mixing is great & the skirt is so beautiful...!
alice_said
alice_said on March 23
I love this outfit!
4everUSMC
4everUSMC on March 22
Cute!
diegonalz21
diegonalz21 on March 22
Adorable and chic!!! The triple threat!
organizedchaos
organizedchaos on March 21
Too cute, I love both the prints :)
Emma09aa
Emma09aa on March 21
i love your hat!
thecurls
thecurls on March 21
ya look fabulous! thanks for the tips :) i love thrifting, and i'm always looking for advice!
WickedPlumVintage
WickedPlumVintage on March 20
i totally agree with statement number #1! it's like that where i live! u look so cute! especially that hat! reminds me of that movie Labyrinth!
stephaniesilly
stephaniesilly on March 20
very cute shirt!!
Monic_rachel
Monic_rachel on March 20
how cute!
mitzicocoa
mitzicocoa on March 19
AUGH I love your skirt and bow tie! Also, how in hell do you find estate sales? I've been googling it like crazy for the past couple months.
pepperclip
pepperclip on March 19
whoa! I LOVE HOW YOU MIX THIS!! :)) COOL CHIC!
Labyrinthvintage
Labyrinthvintage on March 19
ohh I love he shirt so much..very nice outfit
libys11
libys11 on March 19
aawww wonderful outfit as always! :D
SarahJaneR
SarahJaneR on March 19
love the blouse and hat, nice tie and skirt too! I love the tips you posted for thrifting, I actually do all of those things. When I thrifting, I don't go looking for specific pieces, except one time when I was looking for a trench coat.
togandtrappings
togandtrappings on March 19
love this especially the prints!
Coconut
Coconut on March 19
STUNNING <33333333333333333333333
oliviabossert
oliviabossert on March 19
super cute!
RoseGarcia
RoseGarcia on March 19
i like that hat
shopcoletta
shopcoletta on March 18
sweet!
rhonneltansantos
rhonneltansantos on March 18
so fab!
lovemonkey
lovemonkey on March 18
love the skirt
lissakahayon
lissakahayon on March 18
Love the skirt!!!!
Tansea
Tansea on March 18
This is just adorable!!!
alguem
alguem on March 18
i loved!
s_magnolia
s_magnolia on March 18
Gorgeous vintage look. Thanks for the tips!
lydia
lydia on March 18
I love that top! Yay thrifting, definitely the way to go. Cheap and unique? Pretty much a win win.
FunkyChipMunkyV
FunkyChipMunkyV on March 18
so pretty!
miss_scientist
miss_scientist on March 18
cuteee and great tips
awaveringheart
awaveringheart on March 18
Lovely!
aCullen
aCullen on March 18
i love love love that tie!
GlammcouturE
GlammcouturE on March 18
super cute! love this :D
GlammcouturE
GlammcouturE on March 18
and great tips! :D
YOUTHAGAINSTFASHlON
YOUTHAGAINSTFASHlON on March 18
Very pretty! :D Love the scarf/tie :)
missmatchgirrrl
missmatchgirrrl on March 18
Thanks for the tips! And you wouldn't believe that top is Express! Very cute! :0
magpie13
magpie13 on March 18
I LOVE this. your top is adorable. and I love the scarf with everything!!!
SimplyHope
SimplyHope on March 18
Love this!! I really adore your top and the way you tied your scarf!
amandromeda
amandromeda on March 18
this is amazing! love that top:)
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