Thriftspiration: How to Style Bold Secondhand Finds

Posted On Friday, May 17th, 2013
Filed Under: Style Guide, Thrift Stores, Thriftspiration

Thriftspiration is a weekly series that puts a spotlight on readers who share their secondhand shopping tips and fun ways to style thrifted finds.
Name: Luna Nova
Location: Arizona

When and why did you start thrift shopping?
I stepped foot inside my first thrift store when I was 11, and I still shop there almost every day!  Before that I lived in France where we have city-wide yard sales for the whole town. Those are super fun and that’s where I learned to bargain. Now I thrift full time for my Etsy shop.

What three words would you use to describe your style?
Quirky. Misfit. Vintage.

How did you style your outfit {above}?
I’ve tried planning my outfits ahead, but that never works, because I never wake up in the same mood or mindset as the night before.  I usually pick one “focus piece” and make it pop by pairing it with something that will accentuate the print, colors or texture.  I started this look with the white and navy shirt and loved that the colors were inverted on the jacket. The sharp vintage lapel bring out the printed collar on the shirt, which I tucked in a pair of high waist polka dot shorts.  The length falls perfectly above the jacket, while still keeping it classy.  And I added an extra retro touch with these bold shades from Buffalo Exchange. I almost never wear jewelry. I think my clothes are pretty loud on their own so I don’t think it’s necessary to accessorize.  I know some people would kill me for saying that.
What’s your best thrift store score {a standout garment or accessory you absolutely love or a cheap designer find}?
Anything that I can wear everyday as a staple is an ultimate score.  As far as unique pieces go, my favorites are a Mickey Mouse comic strip shirt {above} and an acid wash embellished shirt {below}. Both vintage and under $2.
How do you care for the items you bring home from the thrift shop?
Dry cleaning is way overrated, but definitely follow the care instructions if they are still there. Whenever I’m in doubt, Google usually has the answer.

What tips would you give to new thrifters?
It’s so easy to get excited about the first thing you see.  But take the time to think rationally. {Ask yourself}, “do I need this”?  Also, remember that you are not in a regular store where the merchandise is somewhat related.  No two items are the same in a thrift shop.  So don’t give up halfway through that shirt rack because your dream piece might be hiding two hangers down.  But then again, maybe not.  It’s hit or miss.  It’s OK to leave empty handed sometimes!
You can check out more of Luna’s amazing style at her blog and follow her on Instagram {@lulutresors}.

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