Tuesday, June 8, 2021

Thrift Style .01

thrift style, mom style, goodwill outfit, thrifting, nc blogger, style on a budget

Hey y'all! I am so excited for today's post. This blog hasn't gotten much of my attention in the past year or so. I've mostly only put the time into my Friday posts and I guess there are lots of reasons for that. The top two reasons are that this past year has been crazy (for us all) and I really haven't been super inspired to share much more that what I've been Currently Loving. But, I am feeling a spark of creativity and inspiration again. I have always been a thrift store lover, even when I was a little girl. I was a pro at finding the best goodies while thrifting! I actually started my "fashion blogging" journey by sharing thrifted outfits. I took photos of my thrift style (including maternity outfits and really terrible lighting) and shared them here on the blog:

I have been taking outfit photos for over 10 years! I didn't start sharing outfits on Instagram until about 2012ish but creating outfits has always been a passion of mine. Dress up was always my favorite as a little girl! After I had Olivia, I was living in pajamas and lounge wear... having a newborn and a 26 month old had something to do with that. But, I wanted to start creating outfits again so I hit the thrift store to get some pieces that fit my body (on a budget). Sharing my thrifted style daily eventually led me to monetizing my outfits through affiliate linking. Over time I stopped shopping for my clothes at thrift stores so that I could link exactly what I wearing. Somewhere within that time, I got caught up in always wanting new things and having an overwhelming amount of stuff in my closet. Social media and the ability to monetize my outfits had me shopping too much, especially buying trendy/inexpensive pieces that wouldn't last more than a season. 

Over the last few years, I have definitely reigned in the amount of items that I purchase and have sought quality over quantity. I have been more intentional about filling wardrobe gaps instead of just mindlessly spending money on items that I don't need. But, I think somewhere along the way I lost of some my own personal creativity that I put to use when I used to exclusively shop at thrift stores for my outfits. A couple of weeks ago, I spotted a vintage top at my local Goodwill and I loved it. But, I didn't buy it that day. I thought about it that night and decided if it was still there the next day, I would get it. It was there and I'm so glad that I went back for it! Something about purchasing that top lit some inspiration inside of me to start thrifting clothing again. Thrifting clothes this time around is definitely going to be different for me. I used to be consumed with the brand something was back when I used to thrift my clothes. Now, I'm more interested in quality, fit, style, whether it fits a wardrobe gap, and if I can make it work with other items in my current wardrobe. 

Now, that I've shared the behind the scenes of this thrift style journey, let's get to some outfits! Some of the items are thrifted in these looks and some of them are not. I really love this balance of mixing vintage with new and thrifted with pieces I didn't find at a thrift store. 

I thrifted this chambray dress for $2! I had a chambray dress on my wish list and this one is perfect. I love the fit and the style! I paired it with gold strappy sandals and a straw tote for a fun spring look.

I have been wanting to try a jumpsuit like this for awhile after seeing something super similar from Madewell. But, I wasn't willing to spend a lot of money on something that I wasn't sure I would like. I found this Lee one, my size + new with tags, for $5 at the Goodwill! It retails for $138 and it's still available online. I was so excited to find this piece! It's so cute paired with sandals and I'm planning to style it with white sneakers or mules, too.

The last look is the top that rekindled my love for thrifting clothing again. This top is definitely from the 90s and I love the pleats! Just a reminder that don't worry about what size an item is when you are thrifting. This top is 2-3 sizes larger than what I typically wear but it fits just like I want it to. I paired it with denim cut offs and my vintage Dooney and Bourke bag for an easy weekend look.

Thanks so much for stopping by! I hope you have a wonderful day!

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