So for people that know me well, it's no secret I love thrift store shopping. I'm totally that person who when complimented on an outfit will proudly tell you that it only cost $10 or whatever. Because I really love fashion but really don't love spending a lot of money.
When you're thrift store shopping it's important to have a really good idea of the style and type of pieces you're searching for. It saves time, but also helps you to achieve the "look" your're going for, on a fraction of the budget.
So in honor of National Thrift Store Day, I'm going to share with you some of my finds from this summer that give me the "look" of one of my absolute favorite brands; Anthropologie! Who doesn't love Anthropologie? They always have a perfect mix of classic and bohemian, and their clothes are full of interesting details and quality materials. The thing is, those details are pretty easy to emulate using thrift store finds, I promise! You might not get an exact match (though sometimes, as you can see below, I get close) but you can get the general look and feel of your favorite brand without paying $200 for a purse. Or $500 for a dress! Really...who does that?
Anthropologie Vs. Thrifted Comparisons
Ribbed maxi slip dress (59.95)// Thrifted grey maxi dress (brand new, with Target tags still on it! $4)
Selva Silk maxi dress ($99.95)// thrifted silk handkerchief hem dress ($5.99)
Gauze maxi dress (79.95)// Ingela Lace dress ($79.95)// Thrifted vintage white dress with mesh panels on the top ($6)
Symbology maxi dress ($498)// Thrifted black and white maxi dress ($4)
Skipper maxi dress ($39.95)// Thrifted blue and white striped Old Navy maxi dress ($8)
Seren dress ($158)// Brand new with tags (for $59) Ikat print dress ($4)
Jeffrey Campbell Rodilla Mini Wedges ($135)// Thrifted lace up open toed shoes ($7)
Lien.Do Dulce wedges ($79)// Thrifted nude leather Lucky wedges ($13)
Bed Stu Madeline Platforms ($138)// Thrifted brown wooden platform sandals ($2.50)
Maira swing coat ($138)// Thrifted 3/4 length light khaki short coat ($0.25)
Guilhermina Muara heels ($358)// Thrifted grey draped heels ($2.50)
Vanessa Bruno Le Lune shoulder bag ($975)// Thrifted Steve Madden leather tote ($0.99)
Patia Ikat weekender ($198)// thrifted leather and embroidered weekender ($13)
Jewelbox crossbody bag ($179.95)// Thrifted B. Makowsky green leather crossbody bag ($0.99)
Total cost for everything
Anthropologie: $3,166.79 vs. Me: $72.25
I think I win!
Isn't that fun? While putting together this post, I was actually kind of amazed. All of these finds are from this spring/summer and so are the Anthropologie counterparts. And I only spent $72.25! So here are my five tips to keep in mind when you're out thrifting and want to get a specific "look."
5 tips for finding look-a-likes a the thrift store
1. Research! Spend some time browsing your favorite brands and getting an idea of what they're offering this season, and Pinning your favorite looks to Pinterest (I have a specific Anthropologie board). This serves as a makeshift shopping list. I also spend some time every time Anthro releases a new catalog looking at their new releases, getting the general feel for whichever season it currently is.
2. Look in all departments. You never know if you'll find the perfect leather jacket or straw fedora in the men's section. Especially if the brand you're stealing the "look" of has a more masculine feel. Men's button downs, blazers, and sweaters are all going to have that oversized and slouchy look and probably be made of better materials.
3. Know what you're looking for! Take your phone with you, it should be your best friend. I know not everyone has a smartphone, but if you do take it with you! Before you go into a thrift store spend a minute pulling up a few really inspirational pieces from your favorite brand. I usually also have google on standby, in case I find a really interesting piece and I'd like to know what it's worth.
4. This goes without saying, but...try everything on. I've disobeyed this rule myself sometimes, but ONLY if I already know the brand I'm buying very well and my size hasn't recently changed. Even then it's still a gamble. You don't know if that lovely flowy floral dress on the hanger is going to breeze around your body or stick to it like glue. Either one is fine, but if your inspiration "look" is flowy floral dresses, it's a problem!
5. Don't look for exact matches. Sometimes you will actually find near exact matches (like the grey maxi above) but that will rarely happen. Look for similar details to your inspiration look. In my case is was things like handkerchief hems, embroidery, long dresses, flowey sillouettes and quality materials on bags. Don't get bogged down on getting exactly the same item.
There you have it! If you liked seeing some of my thrift store scores you can always follow me on Instagram to see some of the items I buy before I post them, or some I have to pass up on! Or you can always check out the style tab above. Pretty much all of my outfits have something thrifted incorporated in them. Happy Thrift Store Day!