Thriftspiration: Vintage Meets 90s Cool

Posted On Friday, April 19th, 2013
Filed Under: 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: SaVonne
Location: St. Louis, Missouri
When and why did you start thrift shopping?
I began thrifting for clothing in high school.  was obsessed with the styles, cuts/designs, sizing, textures, and colors of older clothes. I express myself through the art of style. Also, I believe the quality in clothing has declined & all of the same clothes are being sold. Why pay more for recycled designs in-store, when I can pay less for originality?
What three words would you use to describe your style?
Simple. Conservative. Vintage.
How did you style your outfits?
Red Jumpsuit {above}: I combined a vintage red jumpsuit, with a modern gold-plated belt. I am obsessed ITALICS with pearls and I wear them with anything, hence the cluster-pearl ring and pearl earrings. Never be afraid of costume jewelry! I wrapped my hair in classic leopard to add a print, along with pink suede heels. Red and pink are beautiful together. Thrifted Dooney & Bourke bags are my thing- this Dooney was my grandmother’s bag that she finally gave to me.
Black Velvet Dress {below}: This outfit scream “Coming To America” flick! And I love it. Together my gold infinity scarf turned turban, Spike Lee style shades, polka dot platforms and the perfect thrifted crush velvet dress take me back to the 90’s! The fox belonged to my grandmother, and I had been afraid of it as a kid. As I grew older I always wanted one, and she just recently gifted it for my birthday.

What reactions do you get after telling people your outfit is thrifted?
Before thrifting became as popular as it is, I would tell people and they would look perplexed and say, “really?”  Many said they wouldn’t shop for used clothes. Now, people simply say they love how I have my own simple, but complex vintage classy style.

What tips would you give to new thrifters?
New thrifters should not focus on sizes. The make and design of older clothing is quite different than what we have on the racks today. It may not be your “size” but it may fit in a satisfying way.

For more of SaVonne’s style, check her out on Instagram {@PrettyPearls27}. And be sure to visit her online thrift boutique, 27 Hangers {currently viewable on Instagram} @27 Hangers.

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