Top: Forever 21 // Jeans: Thrifted // Shoes: Nike // Sunnies: AmazonI don't know if my adoration for the french language and culture trickled over to my sense of style, but this week I decided to take on the iconic striped top. My take of it is, of course, cropped (I mean what else would you expect from a crop crazed gal like me right?). I really do think a striped top is a staple for any wardrobe -- both for men and women. There's just so much you can do with it. I've also gained an affinity for anything oversized. I guess it might not be the most flattering at times, but I can always count on oversized pieces being comfy and easy but tasteful. I scored these jeans from the men's section of a thrift store in Florida. After I found my first boyfriend jeans there and fell in love, I knew I had to stock up on more. I finished off the look with my knew black and white Nike Free Runs and my Miu Miu knock-off sunnies and voilà: my go-to transition look for fall.
THRIFTING 101: LOCATIONS
On another note, I've been asked a lot recently about where I thrift and how I find such good pieces, so I decided to start a mini-segment on that here! First up: my fave spots.
Disclaimer: I really think that thrifting frequently, no matter where it is, will allow you to develop the skill and acquire an eye for it. And, to be honest, once you develop that, you can pretty much go thrifting anywhere and find great pieces. The reason I go to a lot of the thrift stores is mostly just because they're convenient for me.
For now, I'll give you guys the brief list of the stores I visit most, later on I'll develop the list more:
- American Thrift // 330 Florida 7, Hollywood, FL 33023 // This place is a one-stop destination for me. It's probably my absolute favorite thrift store right now. It's where I've found a lot of my winter coats, both of my boyfriend jeans and countless other gems. It's huge and so much more affordable than Goodwill. Everyday they have certain colors half off which is fantastic. I would advise taking a whole day off, or at least 3 hours of your day to go there 'cause it's one of those places you can totally get lost in. Important Note: there are no fitting rooms at this location!
- Salvation Army // 888 N University Dr, Pembroke Pines, FL 33024 // I'll admit that I go here mostly because it's like two min away from where I live. But it's fantastic on Wednesday's 'cause ALL CLOTHING is half off! It's truly the best thing ever because already cheap prices get even lower. UNREAL. I've found a lot of prized pieces here as well. Specifically winter coats! Fitting rooms available.
- Red White and Blue // 12640 NE 6th Ave, Miami, FL 33161 // The lesser known version of flamingo plaza's Red White & Blue. It's also one of those that have daily 50% off specials. It's relatively large and the racks are always overcrowded with clothes. I will say that it gets pretty crowded, so I recommend avoiding Saturdays and going at unorthodox times to avoid crowds. Important Note: there are no fitting rooms at this location!
- Good Will // 1010 Harrison Ave Boston, MA 02119 // I usually will not recommend Good Will as a top choice for thrifting because the prices can likely be higher than thrift stores that have 50% off sales every day. However, the Boston thrifting scene is significantly pricier than Florida's putting Good Will back on the map in comparison to other stores. This Good Will is HUUUGE. It is most definitely a one-stop destination where you can spend hours upon hours shopping. There are a lot of options. It also has an "outlet" type good will next to it where clothing is kind of just thrown on the floor for people to hunt for. It's obviously significantly cheaper. If you're super skilled at finding gems in a sea of hideousness, I would recommend checking it out. Otherwise, it'll be a waste of time.
I'm only putting this one option for Boston because I have visited other locations and haven't really fallen in love with them, mostly because of their prices. I will say that the Garment District in Cambridge is a good place to find costumes, but for every day clothing it can be pretty damn overpriced.
I'm still on the hunt for better thrift stores in the Boston area, so once I find them I'll keep ya updated! Stay tuned for the second post of Thrifting 101!