Ever get that itch? You know, the one that only shopping can scratch. Yeah that one. Well don’t you just hate it when all you wanna do is shop to your hearts content, but you can’t since, heaven help you, you’re broke? I suffer from the same symptoms so I feel your pain. Thankfully I’ve found a somewhat remedy (depending on my mood) to calm these shopping withdrawals. I’ll bring (at most) $20 in cash with me as my spending allowance, and I’ll head out to go thrift store hopping. It’s actually really fun because I sort of make a game out of it, the goal obviously being to see how much money I can save. Essentially, we’re looking to get the most bang out of our teeny tiny buck.
Yesterday, I was feeling a little frugal so I decided to make a trip to my local thrift store. This time my goal was to spend $15 or less, and I ended up only spending $10…I won! I found a long striped tunic for $3, clip on earrings for $2, a wishbone necklace for $2.75, and an orange jeweled bangle for $2.
I was inspired to create many different ensembles with this new combination of items, but all of them required an alteration. I bought the tunic with the vision of it being sleeveless so I drew faint guidelines with a colored pencil and cut the sleeves off myself, who needs a seamstress for things like this when doing it yourself can add that much more character? Out of all the ensembles I came up with my two favorites (the ones featured here) were simple ones. The first look pairs the tunic with a pair of old cutoff shorts I had, while the second features the tunic as a dress, but both looks feature my nude 6″ Soda platforms and the wishbone necklace.
For the first look I tucked the front of the tunic into my cutoffs and wore a deep pink / red lipstick with the clip on earrings, a green scarf tied up in a bow as a headband, the wishbone necklace, but no bangles or bracelet.
With the second outfit I wore my hair down and just pinned to one side, wore nude lipstick and also swapped the clip-on earrings for my gold door-knocker hoops. I tied a braided leather belt around my waist, and also paired this look with my nude platforms.
Happily, I’m in love with my new outfits, and I really hope you all try this! I hope you have fun finding your perfect bargain ensembles, and remember, never underestimate the thrifty buys! Don’t forget to share your thrift store finds with us by taking a photo wearing your new ensemble and tagging it with #TheBeautyThesis on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram!