I have had many people say to me over the years that they wish they could find cool stuff to wear when they go op shopping or by being thrifty. So many people say they just don't have any luck and that's why they end up in shopping malls and chain stores because the season trends and thinking is done for them with the ease of accessing and duplicating them by following store merchandising and trend suggestions.
So this week, I wanted to show others how individual pieces that have been bought op shopping or handed on from friends have come together for unique looks that are my style. Everyone can do the same it's about experimenting with looks and styles that you feel resonate with you and your moods.
All items in the following four looks, except two pairs of shoes have been thrifted or gifted and or are vintage. Many of these individual pieces could be styled many times over to create other looks with shown pieces this week. Perhaps that's a post in itself.
I have left outfit details towards the end, so you can perhaps play a little game to see which pieces you think are vintage.
You might of seen some of these pieces pop up in other style posts before. Which pieces are vintage?
This is a very easy outfit, on one of those morning where I'm left with only a few minutes to get dressed. But where I have still been able to walk out the door feeling like I'm sill channeling my vintage loving vibe. I have a weakness for tooled leather bags so it shouldn't be too hard to know what's vintage and what's not in this combination.
I have some pretty fabulous friends who have an eye on my style and even though they don't wear vintage themselves are keen op shoppers and pick me up pieces they think I will like.
Sometimes it's about layer upon layer to bring together an outfit that's me, but even with the most simplest and basic of base garments it's achievable and makes me feel like me.
As mentioned above the four outfit combinations are all thrifty, no major elements to these outfits (except for two pairs of shoes featured) have been bought retail. My personal style hasn't been compromised due to being thrifty, rather it's allowed me to see the possibilities I have with what I've got.
Orange Dress: non-vintage and op shopped $2
Green Cardigan: vintage 1970's - gifted to me by a friend
Belt: non-vintage op shopped
Brooches: vintage enamel flower brooch gifted & rainbow tin pin was op shopped
Shoes: non-vintage but op shopped
Fishnet Stockings: whoops they were bought retail from a quality dance supply shop, worth it though.
Denim Skirt: Jeans West and was op shopped for $2
Polyester Blue and White Vest Top: is vintage and was gifted by a fellow vintage loving friend
Head Scarf: vintage 1970's and op shopped
Tooled Leather Bag: 1970's and op shopped
Ballet Flats: retail on sale
Small Heart Enamel Brooch "For U Mum: 1980's and op shopped
Blue Print Dress: Modern and gifted by fellow op shopping loving friend
Hobnail Knit Short Sleeve Cardigan: 1960's hand me down from late Aunt
Tape Measure Brooch: made by me
Shoes: non-vintage but op shopped
Yellow T-Shirt Maxi Dress: non-vintage but op shopped $2
Crochet White Vest: Vintage 1970's gifted
Denim Vest: non-vintage but op shopped
Scarf: non-vintage hand me down from friend having a wardrobe clear out
Gold Sandals: retail
Silver Chain/Pendant and Other Silver accessories: vintage and op shopped or market buys
It's totally achievable whether you are a vintage lover or not to be very thrifty in developing a unique wardrobe and style. My biggest advice when you're op shopping is to throw out the idea that you need to buy pieces or complete looks as if you were retail shopping. Instead look for individual pieces that speak to you whether it be the colour, cut or pattern. You will find that by slowly doing this you will start off having pieces that can be added to your old wardrobe to make instant impact and wow as you develop things further.
Labels: Personal Style, Style Tips