Since I can't really sew all to well I thought I'd focus more on what I do best: Shopping. I think most people think that we bloggers have an unlimited budget and an infinite closet filled with fancy frocks and designer duds. Well, I'm sorry to break it to ya but I have neither of these things. Want to know my secret? I'm frugal and don't like to spend more than $20 on any article of clothing. True story.
Want to know more? Here are some tips that I've learned along the way on how to make the most of your wardrobe and to spend wisely. (Because we're not all as disciplined as Alyson)
1. Go through your closet every few weeks and make piles of the following: donate, consign, keep. (I also add in an "to alter" pile but it just goes into an abyss to never be seen again)
- Donate: Clothing that is piling, shrunk, slightly stained, probably bought on major sale
- Consign: Anything that you paid hard earned money on, designer brands, still current or very vintage
- Keep: Current items that you've worn in the past 6 months, great condition, in season, classic/basic pieces.
3. Treat yourself to an ice cream (or drink) for your good deed of the day.
4. With the "consign" pile, bring it to the nearest consigment shop and see what they offer in terms of cash/credit percentages. This can then either go towards a store credit (if you think that there's a slight chance you'll want to shop at this store) or get the cash. Places like Buffalo Exchange are great as they buy on the spot but other consigment stores you'll need to check back every month or so to see if anything sold. I highly recomend that you pick a place that is close to home or work so that you can actually make the trip on a regular basis for it to be worth it.
5. Don't get discouraged if they don't take alot of your items the first time. Remember that you are dealing with buyers. They want current trends, vgood condition vintage and in season items. If items are all of those things, I say go back in a couple of weeks and try your luck again.
6. With the "keep" pile, arrange all items in your closet as to what makes the most sense to you. I personally like keeping all of my dresses together, woven blouses, knit tops, then pants and shorts go together. I think it's easier to grab than say color coordinating things but that's just me.
7. If you went with the 4th "to alter" pile, congrats to you. Wait for the next rainy day where you can spend it indoors, make yourself a big pot of coffee, maybe some snacks ( i like banana muffins) and get your sew on. I usually try and get the most of it done all on one day. Mainly because it kind of creates a little bit a chaos in my tiny studio apartment so I only need to clean up once.
So now that your closet has a little breathing room and your pockets are a little deeper, you're likely to want to fill some void of what is left of your wardrobe. Here are some tips to think about while thrifting:
- Take stock of what you need before leaving the house. Maybe you have an inspiration folder saved on your computer of things you'd like, make a mental note or write it down for when you get to you're thrifting mecca of choice. This way you won't come home to a bunch of clothing that are destined to make their way out at your next closet purging party.
- When you find something, take a close look at it to see if there are any damages, spots, rips. Take note of these and if they are salvagable and only if they are and the price is right, then get it.
- Price: I try to only buy something if I know it's one of a kind or definitely vintage. My pet peeve is going into Value Village and seeing a ton of Forever 21 stuff. That place is so cheap you 're better off buying it directly from then than at a goodwill. Stick to a certain dollar amount, like nothing over $10 and you won;t go home regretting any splurges
- Try everything on. Pieces made back in the 70's have a diferent fit than they do now. Tags, sizes don't mean a thing. I fit into some size 10 pieces as I do a size 4. Never pay attention to the tag, always make time for the fitting room.
- If you really love something but it doesn't fit consider if it's worth tailoring. If it's priced under $10, then I'll tell you know: It's worth it.
Some of my most favorite pieces are the one's that I found at thrift stores an cost mere dollars. I think if you're ready for a hunt and like to push the fashion boundaries a little you can definitely look like a million bucks without having to spend said million. I hope this has helped you and feel free to leave any questions in the comment section!
Thanks again Alyson for letting me fill your shoes for a day! Hope you're having a blast and wearing your sunscreen.