|Recent Thrift shop finds in my closet!|
Maggie of London dress ($6); Ralph Lauren denim jacket ($5);
and "seatbelt" by Seattle purse ($5)
When you are losing a lot of weight (104 pounds down and counting), it makes sense to shop for clothes at a thrift shop. For who wants to dress in clothes that no longer fit? That, my dear, is never, ever a good idea! Baggy, droopy, saggy bottomed, overstretched (or too tight because you outgrew it) pieces are depressing to put on. Those clothes are a constant reminder that "if I slip, (or just lose 10 more pounds) I can just keep wearing 'x'." Do you know what else you are saying? "I'm not worth it." Not worth the effort or time or expense. No thank you. Look your best, no matter what your size or body shape. I starting thrifting in earnest as a size 22: it felt so good to have a new piece of clothing that fit and was a size (or two) smaller than I had been just a few short weeks before. I know what it is like to live on a tight budget. There can be room in that budget for you to look the best that you can within that budget. And if you have no clue what your body shape is or what you are supposed to be looking for, I recommend you start here at Mrs. Smarty Pants and subscribe to a 3 month subscription... just for the knowledge you will gain. But buy/purchase your clothes at your favorite thrift, charity, consignment or resell shop.
1. It's good for the environment to recycle gently used clothing. There is no harm in wearing clothing that someone else wore before you.
2. It's good for your wallet. Most pieces at a thrift shop are 75% cheaper or more than their "new" counterparts. If you shop at thift stores that have more high-end, quality pieces, not only are the savings more significant, the clothes are made to last and are usually classically designed enough to be worn for many, many seasons. My three younger children are dressed almost entirely in thrift/consignment outfits (or good old hand-me-downs). This includes the pair of crocs my daughter adores for less than $1.
3. You can figure out your personal style, and not feel badly (or at least too badly) if something you purchased, isn't quite what you'd think it'd be. For example, today I gave away (to another charity shop) a beautiful, sequined dinner jacket. This thing was simply gorgeous in taupe and I really "had to have it". However, once I got it home, there has never in the past year been a chance or real want to wear it, so I passed it along: out of my closet and into someone else's who will hopefully get great joy out of it.
Here's a couple of examples of recent thrift finds in my closet:
|Embroidered jacket: $15; Rafella cowl neck sweater: $4; |
Banana Republic pants: $10, purse: $3; Sketchers shoes: $3
|This outfit ended up looking a little too Downton Abbey, |
so I've send the JCrew jacket ($10) on it's way. The Jones New York dress ($6); however,
is one of the best I've ever owned.
|Give yourself a thrift store challenge: I dare you!|
Have fun discovering yourself!