$20 to create a whole, beautiful outfit? Challenge accepted!
I’ve talked about ways to make your $20 go far in a thrift store. This time I wanted to have fun and get creative with this challenge – taking plain Jane items and jazzing them up for Denise’s (of Beauty and the Pleats) $20 Thrift Store Challenge. It is important to note that, as I’ve said in my How To Thrift 5 tips, these items were acquired at different times throughout my thrift excursions. I thrift quite often, and everywhere I travel to. Let me break it down for you.
Shirt: a regular t-shirt with one of my favorite artist on it. $3 at a thrift store in Memphis, TN. I searched online for cut-up t-shirt inspiration, and changed it to be breezy and comfortable.
Pants: $8 at a DFW thrift store. I distressed them and made the legs more fitted (because they had a wide flare at the bottom) and rolled them up.
Shoes: I don’t often buy shoes at thrift stores, because I don’t usually find ones up to my cleanliness qualifications. I do, however, run across new and like new shoes from time to time. I found these vintage inspired wing tip heels for $8 at a different DFW thrift store.
Purse: I found this Alba purse that looks like it is made to favor a Dooney & Bourke bag for $1 at a garage sale.
Grand total for an entire outfit: $20!
photos by Gernelle of My Friend Elle
The way that I altered and combined the pieces created a fun street chic style to wear out with friends, for a casual brunch, or just out and about with your boo one day.
Sustainability: I call this a sustainable style because every major piece was thrifted. When we thrift, we are buying items that contain embodied energy. This means that there was energy used to create them, but no energy (or resources) had to be used to resale them (save for items like tags that thrift stores use to price them). Instead of buying a new piece of clothing and requiring new energy and resources, and instead of letting these perfectly good items end up in a landfill (cause mass pollution) – existing items are given a new purpose and lease on life!
YOU have the ability to be a change agent just by thrifting. Let’s talk about your thrift style! If you have any thrifting or thrift style questions, comment below, use the hashtag #ownThrift on social media, or feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you to Denise for suggesting this thrift style challenge! Check her post and many other bloggers’ posts out to see how they styled $20 worth of thrifted goodies.
xoxo dolls & dudes,