Monday, August 17, 2015

5 tips on getting your favorite brand's "look" at the thrift store, and my Anthropologie vs. Thrifted comparisons.

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 


5 tips on getting your favorite brand's "look" at the thrift store, and my Anthropologie vs. Thrifted comparisons.

Ribbed maxi slip dress (59.95)// Thrifted grey maxi dress (brand new, with Target tags still on it! $4)

5 tips on getting your favorite brand's "look" at the thrift store, and my Anthropologie vs. Thrifted comparisons.

Selva Silk maxi dress ($99.95)// thrifted silk handkerchief hem dress ($5.99)

5 tips on getting your favorite brand's "look" at the thrift store, and my Anthropologie vs. Thrifted comparisons.

 Gauze maxi dress (79.95)// Ingela Lace dress ($79.95)// Thrifted vintage white dress with mesh panels on the top ($6)

5 tips on getting your favorite brand's "look" at the thrift store, and my Anthropologie vs. Thrifted comparisons.

Symbology maxi dress ($498)// Thrifted black and white maxi dress ($4)

5 tips on getting your favorite brand's "look" at the thrift store, and my Anthropologie vs. Thrifted comparisons.

Skipper maxi dress ($39.95)// Thrifted blue and white striped Old Navy maxi dress ($8)

5 tips on getting your favorite brand's "look" at the thrift store, and my Anthropologie vs. Thrifted comparisons.

Seren dress ($158)// Brand new with tags (for $59) Ikat print dress ($4)

5 tips on getting your favorite brand's "look" at the thrift store, and my Anthropologie vs. Thrifted comparisons.

Jeffrey Campbell Rodilla Mini Wedges ($135)// Thrifted lace up open toed shoes ($7)

5 tips on getting your favorite brand's "look" at the thrift store, and my Anthropologie vs. Thrifted comparisons.

Lien.Do Dulce wedges ($79)// Thrifted nude leather Lucky wedges ($13)

5 tips on getting your favorite brand's "look" at the thrift store, and my Anthropologie vs. Thrifted comparisons.

Bed Stu Madeline Platforms ($138)// Thrifted brown wooden platform sandals ($2.50)

5 tips on getting your favorite brand's "look" at the thrift store, and my Anthropologie vs. Thrifted comparisons.

Maira swing coat ($138)// Thrifted 3/4 length light khaki short coat ($0.25)

5 tips on getting your favorite brand's "look" at the thrift store, and my Anthropologie vs. Thrifted comparisons.

Guilhermina Muara heels ($358)// Thrifted grey draped heels ($2.50)

5 tips on getting your favorite brand's "look" at the thrift store, and my Anthropologie vs. Thrifted comparisons.

Vanessa Bruno Le Lune shoulder bag ($975)// Thrifted Steve Madden leather tote ($0.99)

5 tips on getting your favorite brand's "look" at the thrift store, and my Anthropologie vs. Thrifted comparisons.

Patia Ikat weekender ($198)// thrifted leather and embroidered weekender ($13)

5 tips on getting your favorite brand's "look" at the thrift store, and my Anthropologie vs. Thrifted comparisons.

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!
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24 comments:

  1. Jessica I LOVE this post!!!I Hopping over from Tuesday at our home Hugs!

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  2. Great post, Jessica! I love what you find! I need to find out what stores you're going to! :-)

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    1. Thanks Debbie! That means a lot coming from you, though I bet you could have done a heck of a lot better job photographing it, lol

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  3. It is crazy the good deals and very similar styles that can be found at budget-friendly stores and thrift stores. You look great Jessica. I love all the maxi dresses and tie-dye dresses you picked out. Some very cute shoes, also. As a budget shopper myself, I loved this post.

    Ada. =)

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    1. Thanks Ada! When I set out with the idea for this post I wasn't sure how it was going to turn out. I'm proud of myself!

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  4. these are awesome! Thanks for this! I need to go thrift shopping now haha xx

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    1. Do it! I never regret thrift store shopping!

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  5. This might just be the best damn thing I've ever seen! Tweeting!

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    1. Thanks Shannon, much love for the tweet!

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  6. I miss thrifting with you! Those knee high Jessica Simpson boots are still one of my all time favorite thrift finds

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    1. I miss you too! I know, I was so sad those boots didn't fit me. That and the fantastic long black dress you bought that one time...

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  7. I love this post!! I thought I was a seasoned thrifter! Great tips! I research styles too before I go! Thank you so much for sharing this pin on the P3 party Board! We loved your pin and it will be featured this Friday on Made in a Day! So expect a little traffic from me on Social Media tomorrow.
    Kim

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    1. Thank you so much Kim! I'll go check it out and add this week's posts to the perpetual pinterest party!

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  9. Awesome finds! I actually like some of the ones you bought better than the brand ones! I love thrift store shopping too. Sometimes everything I have on is a thrift store purchase (except undergarments of course!). Thanks for the great tips!

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    1. Thank you so much! I've been really happy with being able to mimic the look but I sometimes secretly like my own finds better too!

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  10. These were awesome finds..and ..you rocked them!

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  11. Oh Jessica! I'm squealing with delight over here in Australia since looking at this post. It's National Op Shop (thrift store) Week here at the moment and I am a op shop tragic. I just love this post. What wonderful items you have purchased. It's my thought exactly. I only shop for clothes at op shops and always manage to outfit the whole family in brand names or the latest trends. Thank you so much for linking up to Thriving on Thursdays. I'm featuring this post at tomorrow's party and will share it with #OpShopWeek. You're an absolute star!

    Anne xx

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    1. Thank you so much Anne! You should shoot me an email sometime I'd love to discuss thrifting(it's an obsession!)

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  12. Wow! Those savings are amazing!

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  13. Great looks - I gotta say, in most cases I like your looks way better than the "originals!" Gotta love a good 'find' and especially not breaking the bank to get it!

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  14. Great buys, love the shoes and bags!!. Coming from ThinkTank Thursdayslinkpty

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