Something I have an obnoxious knack for is finding really, realllly good vintage pieces for incredibly cheap.Not just interesting pieces that you wear once and then realize how horrendous it is. And not just pieces for the shock factor. And not pieces that are incredible and also have incredibly expensive prices. I’m talking high quality basics here. Pieces that you wear again and again and again and every time you get at least 5 compliments and a few “where did you even get that” questions. And I always answer “Thanks, I got it at Goodwill for $1.” And the jaws fall to the floor.
In my philosophy of thrifting, either it’s in the clearance section at Goodwill or I’m not buying it. If it’s over $5, pass.
The clearance section almost always has juicy little pieces that somehow got skipped over.
There’s almost always a few pairs of vintage Levi’s, items that still have tags on them, and one or two pieces that are so incredible, you lose the capability of speech for a few minutes. Treat the clearance section like a condensed version of the rest of the store, just with all the weird bullshit weeded out for you. It removes the anxiety of feeling like you need to look at every shirt in the whole store, and reduces the possibility of getting to the register and spending $30 on clothing that isn’t really even worth that.
If you don’t find it in the 10 little aisles of clearance, it just might not exist yet. Check back in a few weeks. You’d be amazed.
Those same 10 aisles are also where you find the juicy little surprise items that you didn’t know you needed, but once you found it, it completed your soul. Items I’ve learned do this for me: silk button downs and turtleneck sweaters.
I discovered a ivory silk button down with a gray grid pattern on one occasion a few years back, and it continues to be a cornerstone piece in my wardrobe.Finding this shirt has taught me an incredible amount about thrifting technique and styling.
Firstly- Not your size? Not a problem. This shirt, and many of my other favorites, is a men’s XXL. I’m a women’s XS/S. Be open to trying different fits and shapes, because you never know how something will fit until it’s off the hanger and on your body.
Secondly- Versatility is truly key. A white shirt is a staple item in any closet. But an ivory shirt with a subtle pattern and in a silky, fluid fabric is a different interpretation. Look for basics with a twist. But like I said, look for basics. Basics give you versatility; they’re the chameleons of the closet. Basics with a twist blend in, and also stand out, but in subtle ways. They give you more styling options, while also elevating the look.
Lastly- Be fancy and get weird. Think of how you can wear an item other than how it is straight off the hanger. Think of the different options it gives you just in it existing. If it’s huge on you, can you belt it, layer it with other pieces, pair it with something other than denim? If it’s fitted or cropped, think of how you can wear it other than just as a fitted or cropped shirt. Wear it under a tank top. Wear it over a dress. Wear your bra over your shirt. Think of all the weird ways you can style it. Because idk about you, but I’m sick of the same old streetstyle pics over and overrrr. Show us something we haven’t seen before.
Happy thrifting, and if it’s over $5 it’s not worth it (unless it’s designer. . .only exception).
*Pics by Bree Burchfield (www.breeburchfield.com)