What to Wear While Thrift Shopping

Posted On Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012
Filed Under: How To, shopping, Thrift Stores

I know I promised part two of my San Francisco thrift shopping tour {check out part one here} but I had a reader ask me what I wear while thrifting and I tweeted her the photo above. I’ve briefly mentioned some tips on what to wear {especially if you’re hitting up a hectic warehouse sale}, but this is my first time devoting an entire post to the best pieces to wear that will help you have an easy thrift shopping excursion.

The pic above is what I wore while shopping in San Francisco. Fitted jeans allow for comfort and make it easy to try a dress or slacks on over them. And I had a button down shirt with a tank underneath which let me quickly and easily remove them so I could try tops and cardigans on in the middle of the aisles. And of course flats are a must. Thrifting takes time and can be competitive, so there’s nothing cute about teetering around in four inch heels.

But as the weather warms up, I switch my thrift look up a bit.

Why I Prefer Forever 21 Jeans Over Designer Denim

Posted On Monday, May 7th, 2012
Filed Under: Deals & Steals, shopping

I’m a little more than half way through my Thrifty Threads 365 challenge and people always ask if I miss shopping for brand new clothes. And I usually say no. Thrift stores have provided me with every item, whether it’s trendy or classic, that I need. But there are some things I’ve been missing: Forever 21 jeans. I can walk past Macy’s, H&M or any boutique with no problem, but Forever 21 tempts me every time. Let me explain…

As much as I love a flirty dress, I adore skinny jeans, especially black ones. They’re a simple canvas you can dress up or down in minutes. And since I love jeans so much, I’ve worn them in a ton of brands, from Seven to Citizens of Humanity to Joe’s and more. But I find they all share the same characteristic: the dreaded crotch rip. You know what I’m talking about. It’s when your jeans start to rip and get frayed from the friction of your thighs.

Thrifty Threads 365 – Seven Month Update

Posted On Tuesday, May 1st, 2012
Filed Under: Sale Alert, Shop My Closet, Thrift Stores, Thrifty Threads 365

Thrifty Threads 365, looking fly on a dime

Another month down and another month of my Thrifty Threads 365 challenge. If you’re new to the site and don’t know about TT365 {read up about it here}, it’s a year long quest where I can only purchase thrifted clothes and accessories. The only new items I can buy are undergarments {obviously, I’m not going to buy secondhand undies} and I may wear new gifted items. Oh, and did I mention I can only spend $50 a month? Yeah, only 50 bucks.

I’ve consistently stayed under my budget, except for one month, and for April I continued to stay on track. I only spent $40 for the entire month. I’ve actually been so busy over the past few months that I haven’t had time to shop, which is a great thing for my wallet, but it sucks for my closet.

Though I prefer dresses and heels, this past month I didn’t find any frocks or pumps. But I did score some cute tops, shorts and a purse. Check out a few of my top thrifted picks for the month of April, including an item that only costs $4, but the original price tag says it was worth $120.

Catch Me on The Nate Berkus Show 11.11.11

Posted On Wednesday, November 9th, 2011
Filed Under: Looking FLY on a Dime, shopping, Thrift Stores

Looking Fly on a Dime on Nate Berkus show A few weeks ago I announced on Twitter and Facebook that I was asked to come back to The Nate Berkus Show. Well, the show airs this Friday, November 11.

I was beyond excited when the producers asked me to return. When I first appeared on the show in September {view a clip from my first appearance here}, I recreated designer looks with thrifted finds and gave three women a $25 fashion makeover. And this time around…I’m doing the same thing! And this time around…I stumped the audience again. They couldn’t tell which look was high end and which came from the local thrift store. One designer outfit retailed for close to $1,500 and I thrifted a nearly identical look for just 30 bucks!

Thrifty Threads – Purple & Gold

Posted On Friday, November 4th, 2011
Filed Under: Looking FLY on a Dime, Thrifty Threads 365

looking fly on a dime, housing works buy the bag sale

I’ve always been a fan of bright denim, even before it was trendy. Well, I’m a fan of bright anything, so when I found a pair of purple jeans at the Housing Works Buy the Bag sale, I threw them in the bag.

Instead of pairing with a simple black top, I threw on the vintage silk top {also from the Housing Works sale} and a canary yellow Banana Republic cardigan. The colder weather is no excuse to store away the bold colors.

I realized my entire outfit, accessories included, was thrifted. The entire look was less than $20.

python earrings, looking fly on a dime