I love shopping at thrift stores, particular for work attire. Conservative work attire changes very little year after year and that’s why it’s easy to find chic bargains for work at the thrift shops. Furthermore, when you’re paying thrift store prices for your work clothes, you can feel even more comfortable in them, knowing that if you end up with an ink spot on your shirt, you’re not out a small fortune.
First of all, look for a good thrift shop. When you go into the store, you shouldn’t be hit with strong, unpleasant smells or confronted with a disorganized mess. Clean, well-run shops seem to attract the better finds, anyway.
When you are shopping for clothes anywhere take note of the quality of the fabric. Notice if it feels good in your hands. Pass over fabrics that snag easily, fade or do not wash easily. Do not waste money on fabrics that wrinkle very easily.
Look for designer labels. You’ll begin to notice that most of the time designer labels are attached to higher quality garments. But, take caution because this is not always true.
Once you begin to really pay attention to the quality of garments, you’ll see that popular labels don’t always mean high quality. Designer labels are a good guideline, but you should always rely on your own senses about how the garment looks and feels. Notice if the garment is well-constructed and symmetrical.
Always examine items for any flaws, stains or missing buttons. Missing buttons aren’t the end of the world. If you really like the item, you can inexpensively replace them with buttons of your own choice. You don’t have to be a talented seamstress to sew on buttons. And, it’s a great way to make an item unique to you.
Scout the rack for classic clothing items like button down shirts, particularly tailored ones. Look for dressy blouses with a classic flair.
Look for tailored jackets. Again, make sure the fabric is not too worn. The wonderful thing about a tailored jacket is, if you have an appointment, you can quickly throw it on and looked dressed up, even if you’re just wearing jeans.
Next scout for skirts and slacks with classic lines. A-line skirts look great with a button down shirt or dressy blouse. Examine slacks for wear, particularly in the crotch and inseam.
Sometimes you can find just the right pair of shoes in a thrift store. Look for shoes that look very new and are made of genuine leather and not vinyl.
Look at accessories like purses and scarves. Sometimes you may luck into a nice designer purse or just the perfect scarf.
Carefully examine the jewelry cases. Look for high-quality costume jewelry. Some good names are Trifari and Monet. These manufacturers made costume jewelry that lasts for decades and the vintage pieces are in high demand.
Shopping in the right thrift stores can really be a lot of fun. While you’re shopping in those stores, you’ll want to keep your chic instincts sharp by examining Vogue magazine and hitting the high end boutiques. That’s the way to keep fashion savvy and look like a million bucks for pennies while buying strategic wardrobe items at thrift shops.