Saturday, October 9, 2010

Q & A: Thrift Shopping

I appreciate all questions from followers my best friend Jay asked:

Q: You mention you like to thrift shop can you give us any pointers or tips on choosing key and correct pieces for our wardrobes?

A: Great Question! For one, a great tip would have to be that you have to be patient and actually go through many isles and piles and heaps of stuff to find the perfect pieces. Yes, this can be time consuming but it will be truly worth it once you get the hang of it. Secondly, you have to have a vision and an open mind for choosing  clothes, if you see something you like just place it in your cart and keep finding other items. Once you feel like you are done shopping, look through your finds and imagine how you could wear the pieces and if these pieces are versatile for your own wordrobe. The best thing to do when thrift shopping it to have a lookbook with you such as magazine looks you like, pictures you may have and then you will have things to look for when shopping. Lastly, thrift store clothing is the best for altering, cutting up, tearing up etc. If you see pieces that may fit bigger than you would like or longer there are ways around it adding belts or hems will help alter your peices with minimal alteration.

So in a nutshell, just remember...

1. Be patient, shop when you have lots of time to look through clothing.
2. Have an open mind, imagine how you could wear something or incorporate with clothing you already own. 
3. Bring inspiration, notes, pictures, magazine cutouts anything to help you zero in on pieces you already want or are interested in.
5. The more vintage the item is, the longer it will last throughout seasons, you don't want to go and buy items that are very trendy now and will probably be gone next season.
6. Neutrals, Prints, Leather, Fur, Belts, Berets, are great key items.
7. Have fun!

Here are some looks that are mainly thrifted:

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