You smarties all know about second-hand shopping at thrifts or consignment stores, to save money and find unique pieces. I’ve acquired about half my wardrobe this way. I love the challenge and reward of it but some women don’t have enough time, or don’t live near thrift shops, or just prefer new. Either way, you don’t have to spend a lot to look like you did.
I’ve been thinking (my husband runs in terror when he hears those words) about clothes/accessories that can be bought second hand, or very cheaply, and still give me an upscale look. I don’t always want or care to look upscale, but it doesn’t hurt to have the option. Job interviews, dinner with the in-laws, public speaking, traveling in the Big City – these are times I like to look more polished.
Here are a few of my ideas for shopping cheap/looking expensive. I look forward to hearing yours in the comments.
- A clutch purse. These can be found at second-hand stores for very little $$. I usually stick with black, in a nice medium size. They can be tucked into a tote if I’m traveling. This one is from GAP, real leather, comes in five colors (I might forgo my black), and it’s only $28.
- Cashmere blend tops and tees. Just a bit of cashmere makes an average tee look and feel richer. A cashmere blend cardigan is perfect for most any occasion in my life, except maybe a Who concert. I no longer “hope I die before I get old,” but I have to look funky for the Who.
- Earrings. Most of my earrings are from Etsy and the Humane Society Thrift. I love a dramatic, but lightweight, drop earring with most any outfit. I have one real gold pair, for when my ears get sensitive, but most of mine are sterling silver. These are glam enough for princesses (like us), but on sale for under $20:
- Silk/y scarves. There’s a treasure trove of fabulous scarves at the thrift and consignment stores. I’ve never found an Hermes, but I’ve got lots of gorgeous silk and silky vintage scarves. I wear them as per normal, around my neck, but also as belts and head-wear. Here’s a vintage beauty that can be had for $18, on Etsy:
I don’t mind spending money on experiences, travel, health, or a good cause. But I don’t like handing over big piles of it for clothes and accessories. Hooray, I don’t have to ㋡.
Have a delightful Thursday, and stay fabulous,