Thrift Day

steve madden aviator sunglasses, thrifted forever 21 jersey dress, vintage metal mesh purse, grey leggings, high black socks, shoedazzle leila stone ankle boots

Are you tired of “What I wear thrifting” looks? (Check out the first two!) I swear there’s a reason behind them! Firstly, I’m trying to promote how important it is to weave shopping secondhand into your routine. Secondly, if you do decide to go thrifting, what you wear while you do it, is important! A lot of times there isn’t a dressing room, so what happens when you don’t have a room to get naked in? You thank god you wore layers. This dress is my favorite thing to thrift in. It’s comfortable, lightweight, and easy to slip things under and over, while still getting a good idea of how it’ll fit without the extra fabric.

And of course, if you’re going to do a dress, pulling bottoms underneath it is much more comfortable in public, when you have leggings on. Then you’re not showing your ass and/or underwear to everyone, when the dress goes up. You could also do tights, especially on hot days.

steve madden aviator sunglasses, thrifted forever 21 jersey dress, vintage metal mesh purse, grey leggings, high black socks, shoedazzle leila stone ankle boots

But my biggest tips? First, slip-off shoes. These Leila Stone boots are so easy to get on and off, and I don’t even have to unzip the zipper to do that, so that makes these perfect for chillier days when I’m thrifting. And please wear some kind of sock, or bring some with you. Even if you aren’t comfortable getting secondhand shoes, trying on pants and shorts is infinitely easier when you can slip your shoes off, and not have bare feet on the not-so-squeaky-clean floor.

And the second thing? A small bag, preferably a crossbody, for one reason: if you’ve ever shopped for a few hours (and that’s how long it will take you to go through the whole store), a big ol’ day bag gets HEAVY. I know my shoulders start hurting in minutes when I carry my big bag, and I get frustrated when I can’t use both hands to push through the cram-packed racks. So for this trip of mine, I opted for one of my vintage metal mesh bags. Really, I just like how this one feels, but any small bag would do. You could even use a small backpack!

Now tell me:
Are you interested in a Thrift With Me video/post, and some shopping tips?

steve madden aviator sunglasses, thrifted forever 21 jersey dress, vintage metal mesh purse, grey leggings, high black socks, shoedazzle leila stone ankle boots

Deets
aviator sunglasses: Steve Madden
jersey dress: thrifted
metal mesh purse: vintage
leggings: [old]
socks: [Eric's]
ankle boots: Leila Stone via Shoedazzle

Get your shoppin’ butt in gear!

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18 Responses to “Thrift Day”

    • Ashley

      Leggings are my LIFE lately, since I’m only buying secondhand. Why do they not have dressing rooms anywhere?!

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  1. Frannie Pantz

    ABSOLUTELY agree! I have been fortunate to only encounter the no dressing room thrift store once in California and I was so fortunate to be wearing leggings that day. Great tips! You look great in purple!

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    • Ashley

      Thank you and thank you :D Almost all of our thrift shops here are without dressing rooms, except Goodwill, and I refuse to shop there.

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  2. Rachel G

    That purple is such a great color on you! And I totally agree with your tips about what kinds of items to wear while shopping!

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    • Ashley

      Its never warm enough in those places, here, to be so bare! But that sounds like a SUPER easy outfit to thrift in. With the exception of no socks…

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  3. paige @ LPD

    Cute outfit and good tips! Can I suggest a little flashlight too? Weather it’s your phone or just a key-chain light, sometimes vintage and thrift stores has horrible lighting. I’ve walked out of more than one dim store only to find a stain and a no return policy.

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    • Ashley

      That’s a great tip! My phone is another limb for me, so I use that. It’s also great for researching brands if you’re shopping vintage.

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  4. Olivia

    What a pretty thrifty dress! :) And I love how you put similar dresses on the bottom for similar buys! I also agree that it is important -financially and creatively- to buy secondhand clothes. That is why a lot of my clothes are hand-me-downs! :)
    Olivia

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    • Ashley

      Thank you! I’m actually ONLY shopping secondhand this year, so thrifting and vintage hunts are really important to me and I try to convey that here, on TTF. If you want, keep stopping by! I’ll have more and more posts like these.

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    • Ashley

      Thrift stores are just dirty, man. I don’t mind the clothes filth, but who knows what made the floors sticky…. -shudder- HA I can just see you thrifting in heels. You are the actual best.

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