Being a conservative thrifter is one of my goals right now. That’s basically my pretty sounding language for trying to not be a hoarder. Thrifting = good! Hoarding = not good. I watch those hoarding shows and those people just do the thrift store thing all wrong. Don’t be like them.
So it’s not that I absolutely need more clothes, but when you can get a cute skirt for $2…not a hoarder. Not a hoarder.
I’d like to think of myself as a thrifty fashionista. That is, I look at current trends and try to replicate them with what I can find in a thrift store. It’s kind of insane how styles come back to life after a few years. After we’ve given “clothing item X” away, the fashion magazines come out with celebrities wearing “clothing item X” that costs lots. I know I’ll soon be on the hunt for some high-wasted jeans I can make into shorts, since those are popping up everywhere!
Anyways, I know, and the fashion gods seem to agree, that long, flowing skirts – the maxi skirt – are perfect for this summer! Whether they are solid or printed, you can dress them up with a nice top and fancy jewelry for a special evening, or throw on a tank top and some flats for a casual day.
I’ve seen maxi skirts selling for a lot of dollars (as in like $80 – that’s just way to much money for this post-grad) at stores like Zara. Click on the link to see a picture of said skirt that I can find a (and you can too!) practically identical version of at a thrift store. I’d show you a picture, but I don’t know how all that copyright stuff goes/it’s easier to link it/I’m a little lazy today.
Or long floral skirts at American Apparel for $45. Is it just me, or have I seen this skirt in many thrift stores before? And maybe this is my personal opinion, but this skirt ain’t that cute/I’d maybe pay $2 for it. Definitely not $45. That is positivo.
What do you think of the long maxi skirt summer trend? I love it because a) it’s comfy and cool and b) you don’t have to worry about shaving your legs every single freaking day during the summer. Double score.
Recently, I got this awesome borderline vintage beige with black floral accents maxi skirt from the Salvation Army Thrift store in Richmond, Virginia for around $3.75. It was originally $7.49, but the tag color noted it was 50 percent off that day! Score.
I also found a super cute red printed high wasted skirt. It’s got a bunch of horizontal line patterns of a variety of colors. Kind of tribal looking, which I know is in style right now. And %100 cotton. Love me some natural fabrics. The waste-line was really tiny, which is hard to find at second-hand stores. The best part, it was $2.49, also 50 percent off! So I got this skirt for $1.25.
I should also mention that I found the top, which is a fitted, stretchy top with gold glittery specs (it’s hard to see in the picture) at a Goodwill store in Arlington, Virginia. It was Banana Republic and this particular store had all their short sleeve non-print shirts at $1.98.
I also got this cute blue top, which is Gap, I believe, for $2.25 at Diversity Thrift in Richmond. The orange sweater, that I wear a lot, wasn’t from a thrift store, but it was from a J.Crew warehouse sale, so that’s kind of being thrifty!
What neat summer fashion trends have you discovered thrifting? Is there anything I should be on the lookout for that’s coming back in style? I would love to know 🙂