I love buying clothes at the thrift store – especially since my local Goodwill is one of the most inexpensive thrift stores I’ve ever been in!
Shopping for clothes in a thrift store is a lot like shopping in a mall – you should be smart about your outfit to get the best result. The best type of outfit, I find, it one that is fitted (to your comfort level) on both the top and the bottom.
I go for a fitting tank or V-neck tee and a pair of slim or straight fit jeans (or something similar). It’s comfortable, easy (and fast) to change in and out of, and – most importantly, give me the most flexibility when trying on thrifted clothing.
Very seldom do I find both a pair of pants and a shirt that fit when I go thrifting. When I’m in the dressing room, I find it harder to get an idea of how the garment sits if I’m not fully clothed – so I avoid dresses when thrifting for clothes.
Now, if I am wearing looser clothes, I run into a similar problem trying on looser pieces. For example, instead of my tank top I wear a blouse. I go to Goodwill and find a beautiful pair of wide leg trousers. When I try them on, I’m wearing a big breezy blouse on top, meaning I can’t see how the pants sit best with a tighter-fitting shirt (which is how I would actually wear them). The only way I can get an idea of the fit is look without a shirt – which gives me no idea of how the pants look with a tucked-in shirt – or I wear my big blouse and feel like I’m swimming in clothes – which does not do much for feeling confident. And how often do we buy things we aren’t confident in? The answer should be never.
That just sounds like a mess, doesn’t it? Well, I avoid that altogether by wearing a fitted shirt so I can see those wide-leg trousers in all of their glory – and follow the same rule for my bottoms.
Thank you for listening to my small tangent on my thought process for my thrifting outfit choice. If you want to do more thrift shopping, I recommend following this same idea to increase your chance of success!
Feel free to leave your thrifting tips in the comments! I’ll see you next week! Until then, stay safe, and stay healthy!