Saturday, September 17, 2011

lovely little guest post

Hello to all of Lyndsey's lovely little readers! I'm Jessica from Dresses For Dinner. Lyndsey is in NYC and asked me to guest post! I was honored and at a loss for a topic, but if there's one thing I know, it's thrifting!

It's easy to write thirfting off. Either it's too trendy or it's too much work and dirty. Shopping should be fun and thirfting takes time and a special eye. The pay off, however, is just as rewarding as walking into a department store and scoring your most coveted item on sale.

A trip to the thrift store is never a quick adventure. I go down every aisle and I make sure to pull out pieces based on color and fabric. I check for rips, stains, durability, and then for the size. If it's only  a couple sizes bigger, I know I can make it smaller or wear a belt. Length? The longer, the better! The long skirt section is my favorite. I find wonderful fabrics and prints and I first wear them as dresses and second, chop them into fashionable mini skirts.

I've never been much of a designer lady. Not that I don't want to be, but because I cannot afford it and I know there are alternatives, but I've been known to score impeccable gems at the local thrift. Who would have thought?

This dress still has the department store tag on it. $395. The thrift had it marked down to $18. Which is a steal in itself, but it's color tag was half off. I spent $9 and I can turn this around for a minimum of $180. It's never been worn and it's beautiful.

These BCBG shoes were at the thrift for $10. There isn't a single scratch or scuff on them. They've either never been worn or very gently worn. They happened to be my size, so I scooped them up. These retail for around $200-$300.

Both of these designer gems were tucked in with all the other discarded items. It took time to discover these, but I'm glad I did. I've also found Betsey Johnson, Urban Outfitters, Forever 21, Banana Republic, J.Crew and tons of other name brand items.

It's safe to say 89.9% of my wardrobe is from the thrift store and I have a blog centered around my wardrobe. It takes time, patience, and a little imagination. But in my opinion, the thrift knocks the socks off of any retail department store.

Happy thrifting!