One of the most difficult stumbling blocks in purchasing clothes at thrift stores is the huge amount of “junk” one has to go through in order to find the “jewel.”
The great thing about these core pieces is that it does not matter what size you are.
Don’t fall into the trap that says “clothes only look good on a size 2.” You can look classy and chic whether you’re size 2 or 22.
There are various opinions on what should compose those essential pieces.
Each week, I will focus on one of those core pieces.
(Well, I’ll be honest. You’ll probably get what ever outfit I was wearing the day before I post, since that’s how this blogger works.
Tim Gunn’s 10 Essential Items Every Woman “Needs” – (wants, in my opinion)
- Basic black dress (ohhh-I won’t even share how many I own. I never said I was a minimalist.
- Trench coat (Yes, I found three this year – all second hand)
- Classic dress pants (start with black, you’ll find many at thrift stores)
- Classic white (if you’re cool toned) or off-white (if you’re warm toned) shirt (There are lots of stylish ones…it doesn’t have to look like a man’s shirt.)• Skirt (A-line style looks great on everyone)
- Day dress (come on – be fun and feminine or cute and sassy)
- Cashmere sweater/any occasion Top
- Jeans (some fabulous wearing ones)
- A comfortable alternative to a sweatsuit
My additions are: a great quality T-shirt – v-neck or crew, chic tank or camisole, fun accessory pieces such as a great shamina (pasmina), wraps or shawls, chunky necklace, one outrageously trendy piece, boots…
I’m getting ahead of myself. Can you tell I am excited to peak your curiosity level on whether you will take the Frugal Fashionista challenge? Stay tuned.
Here is the Frugal Fashionista outfit that I wore on Sunday.
We had the hardest time getting these pictures, and this is the only serious one my son took.
He realized that it was too sunny outside, so we decided to go in the shade a bit.
I didn’t know that my son kept taking pics, but they are pretty funny, so I’ll share both the Beauty and the Bedlam.
So the bottom line is that this frugal fashionista will have to try some new modeling techniques.
But it’s all part of balancing beauty and bedlam, right? So what is the price point on these items?
Glad you asked. Really, they look a bit classier without the kick ball setting.
*Basic black skirt – A-Line style…looks good on everyone.
$2 yard sale
*Banana Republic basic black T-shirt.
$1 yard sale
$2 Carolina Thrift Store – brand new with tags
*Aerosole Leather Boots
$5 thrift store
*Matching necklace and earrings
$2 brand new in package, yard sale
And if anything, it was less because I may have gotten the $2 yard sale items for $1, but I didn’t want to underexaggerate.
And if you want to dress it down, you just switch out the shoes, but wait for the legs to get a bit tanner, and then enjoy the cozy T-shirt. Now that I brought attention to my calves, I almost didn’t post this for fear of acknowledging their far from perfect status….but I did – anyhow.Just keeping it real.Next Frugal Fashionista edition: Designer outfits on thrift store budget