Happy Valentines Day Ladies & Gents! I hope everyone is sharing this day with a special person in your life. And no, I’m not only talking about your significant others. ANYONE can be celebrated on this special holiday. I would like to think that we’ve come a long way from calling it a “couples only” holiday and more about celebrating the love you have for yourself, your family, your friends, and anyone that has made a significant impact in your life.
Let’s get to it…..
Basic thrift store staples such as tees, jeans, basic skirts, and even the many thrift store coats you see on countless racks can be stylized and modernized in very trendy ways. By trendy, I don’t mean “up to date current fashion trendy”; I mean trendy to your own personal style and esthetic. Lets face it, You should OWN your style. Embrace it and wear whatever feels comfortable and stylish to YOU. In my opinion, fashion isn’t about the latest name brands or color palettes. Fashion is your style, your swag, your own form of personal expression. I once saw a quote that read “Fashion is what you buy, Style is what you DO with it.” It really resonated with me because it is so true. Your style truly is your own personal canvas.
O.k. so enough of my preaching… If you haven’t caught wind, I am a HUGE second hand and vintage enthusiast. I would say 80% of my closet is thrifted and I wouldn’t have it any other way. I find such satisfaction in putting together amazing outfits on a dime. It is a rush!
Also as mentioned, styling your outfit is what makes it trendy and stylish right? Many of us hit up a thrift store, see an item on a hanger, ponder over it, and wonder how you’re even going to wear it? How do you make it your own? How do you rock the shit out of that blazer, turtleneck, tee, etc? I know I’ve been there plenty of times.
So I took the opportunity to list a few outfits from this week below that are mostly thrifted to show you some of my styling tricks on how to jazz up those thrifty threads. Of course my own personal theme was to have fun with this impending holiday so I incorporated some V-Day colors into my different looks per day, but literally these style tips can be done with any outfit you choose to thrift and restyle as your own….
1. Outfit 1 – Grunge
- I chose classic Black. Because black is pretty much life and will never go out of style.
- I kept the color palette neutral with the greys and added a splash of red with my flannel since it is V-Day week. Valentines Day doesn’t have to be for the “girly girls”. Grunge was the look I was trying to go for that day. It was rainy and that’s what my mood called for.
- The leather Blank NYC bomber is my signature staple piece because of its intricate details.
- And of course a well fitted hat can really make an outfit.
- Thrifted pieces : Hat – Urban Outfitters – $4.95 – Shoes : Zara -Monk Vintage NYC -$20.00
2. Outfit 2 – Goth Meets Glam
- This whole outfit is completely 100% thrifted except for the Balenciaga knock off shoes. Which I die for even though they are not the real thing.
- I call this Goth meets Glam. When I saw it at my favorite consignment shop I had to have it because it reminded me of Wednesday from the Adams Family. Am I right?
- Again, I accessorized a basic color with a POP of color. Red, once again, because well…. and Red is a huge color this year on the clothing racks.
- Lace collar adds softness and romance.
- Accessories are my absolute favorite and I love throwing them in. In this case I went for some patterned glittered tights to add some fun and flair.
- One of my favorite Goodwill finds, this bright red little old lady pea-coat. It made my day and was only $9.99. It reminded me of all the fun coats my Grandmother used to wear in her day.
- The shoes are my absolute fave and are not the real Balenciagas (i wish). The gold buckles add funk.
- Red beret…. they are either for you or not. I personally LOVE them. Ties into the red with the coat.
- This outfit really gave me all the feels. It was like a cross between celebrating romance, wanting to murder romance, attend a funeral of a dying romance, and feeling like I belonged on the streets of Paris sipping a latte all rolled into one. I.D.K where I was going with that so I’ll just end it there.
- Thrifted items: dress (with my discount (b/c I shop there ALL the time… $6.95) – Beret – $7.95 – Tights – purchased at Free People years ago. Pillow – .50 – Red Cashmere Coat – $9.99
3. Outift 3 – Girly & Flirty
Ahhh… I LOVE bright and fun colors!
- Hot Pink Skirt screams playful and is the main focal piece of the outfit obviously.
- Paired with a soft cream color palette adds romance and whimsical vibes
- The soft cream baggy cardigan is a nice contrast to the brightness and tones it down a bit so people aren’t tempted throw on a pair of shades.
- I chose to dress down the look with suede ankle lace ups AND because my preggo self can no longer wear heels at this stage of pregnancy. These boots also had bits of pinks and purples stitched into them with tied it in with the skirt.
- Taupe patterned tights add contrast to the cream.
- Confetti Beanie – found at Target and has bits of pinks and purples threaded into it
- Final Consensus- skirt is your statement piece. Small pops of colors that match the skirt bring it all together. All neutral color palettes surrounding keep it from screaming TACKY!
- Thrifted Items: Cynthia Rowley Skirt – $6.95 , Free People Sweater- $13.99 , Cardigan (found at Goodwill) – $2.99, TigerBear Republik Shoes – $9.99
Outfit 4- Casual yet Festive
For all your casual and simple babes out there. This is the outfit for you.
- Casual & Comfortable
- Still cute
- Don’t feel like playing dress up? No problem!
- Graphic festive top, jeans, keds, little hair accessory (bandanna)
- A fun yet calm way to add a little bit of festivity without trying to hard
- Threw on a cardigan to add a little more color. Hair Accessory, Cardigan, Shoes, and festive Vday hearts? What can’t you love about this outfit? Perfect for a casual date out to a sporting event or to the movies. I felt like a “Red Lady” in this dress… (for all you Musical Theatre geeks out there I hope you got that horrible attempt at a joke)
- Thrifted Items: Red Cardigan (Goodwill- $3.99) , Graphic Heart Top (Attic Clothes Consignment $7.95) , TSwift Keds (Attic Clothes Consignment $9.99)
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And there you have it! Just a few tips and ideas on how to work with your Thrifted Finds! Hope this post was a bit helpful and if you have any q’s on styling any piece sitting in your closet do not hesitate to drop me a line!
Happy Lovers Day! XXOO’s & Lots of LOVE & LIGHT!