Love your shoes!
Sound familiar? At some point in our lives, I am sure we have all received comments such as these. Am I right? In my experience, the logical extension to these aforementioned remarks is usually ….where’d ya get that? Nine times outta ten, my retort is THRIFT! Followed by, it was only $3.00! (*sidebar* For some reason I feel the need to blurt out the price of my coveted thrift wears – I revel in how little I pay for clothes). I digress! Stay the course Vic, stay the course! Where were we? Right, yes…..great top, where’d ya get that, THRIFT! …..o.k. back on track. After dropping the thrift bomb, the reaction I get is usually one of disbelief, followed by “Huh?”, followed by, “How do you do it?” Today I am going to break it down to a science. I woke up in a “brass tacks” kinda mood – so let’s quit the jibba jabba and hop to it!
Step 1: Research – Be proactive and immerse your savvy self in Style.com a few hours a week. Take this time to really analyze what is happening on the runway for the upcoming season. I guarantee you will start to spot a burgeoning trend. Put it this way, I would much rather drain my brain on Style.com then on attempting to decipher cryptic Facebook statuses, or thinking of the perfect witty tweet.
*Tip* When executing your runway analysis, look for similarities in the following…
- Colour – What colours are dominating the runway? e.g. Reds, Greens? Bolds?
- Pattern – What do you see? e.g. Paisley? Chevron?, Houndstooth? Graphic?
- Styling – What do you see? Suspenders? Socks and heels? Hats? Hyper Layers?
- Inspirations of an era (i.e. 40’s, 50’s, 60’s etc)
- Silhouette – Wide leg pants? pencil skirts? dolman sleeves?
Step 2: Create an Inspiration file/board – Now that you have gathered all of your information, create a bulletin board, file, scrapbook, Pinterest, or Tumblr to catalog all of your inspirations. Check out my Pinterest fashion board here – if you don’t have a Pinterest account, I suggest you acquire one immediately!
Step 3: Create a list of items that you are looking to purchase from thrift. The list is life! It will keep you focused and prevent “shiny keys” syndrome. (I am easily distracted amidst racks upon racks of clothes!)
Step 4: Create an image board to take along with you to the thrift store.
Your fashion cheat sheet provides an amazing visual reference which will guide you through the trenches of thrift.
My Fashion Cheat Sheet
From left to right: Isabel Marant, Michael Kors, Proenza Schouler, Proenza Schouler, Emilio Pucci.
From left to right: Thakoon, Thakoon, DSquared, Louis Vuitton
Oh my stars!
How great are these looks!
Look out Fall – here I come!
Step 5: Put on your radar! When I scan the racks at Value Village, I am looking for colour and print – first and foremost.
Remind you of a certain Italian fashion house?
At $2.50, it’s on!
Step 6: Be ruthless!
Initially, there was something about the blazer on the right that I liked.
I felt it had geek chic potential.
….but definitely not for Fall. (and perhaps a little too circus sideshow)
The equestrian style blazer on the left went directly into my cart!
…..cross that one off the list!
Step 7: Coffee!! Tim Horton’s is my brew of choice!
……and there you have it!
My seven steps to a successful Fall haul!
Below you will find a preview of my newly acquired thrifted Fall wardrobe!
…..coming soon to a thrift blog near you!
What did you think?
I cannot wait to show you these looks….
all styled and profiled!