Staying at the forefront of style is possible even for those on a budget if you consider secondhand shopping. Not only can you find name-brand pieces at bargain prices, but also some easy upgrades can make even outdated items ready to wear. Here are five strategies fashionistas can use to update thrift store pieces to align with current trends.
1. Upgrade Buttons
Replacing basic buttons on an old coat or blazer is a great way to give it a brand new look. Some savvy shoppers keep a collection of interesting buttons for this very purpose, while others scour their local sewing supply and craft stores for just the right accents.
2. Update Your Toolbox
While there are budget finds to be had at the thrift store, they might need a little work once you’re wearing your new outfit. Invest in a steamer or steam iron, which can make even the most well-loved pieces look new. Double-sided tape helps clothing adhere to the skin and can be used to create a hemline. Additionally, a simple sewing kit is a must to repair small tears.
3. Know What to Look For
Certain pieces look expensive even when bought secondhand. For example, plain leather bags without embellishment are a great find, since inexpensive hardware can look dingy over time. When it comes to shoes, opt for suede over leather if you're going faux.
Thrift stores are a great place for picking up accessories to tie an outfit together. Often times we invest in the core pieces of an outfit that we don’t have funds available for extra items to enhance the look. Scarves, belts, jewelry and handbags can always be found at Goodwill.
5. Make a List
If you're not acclimated to shopping in secondhand stores, picking through rack after rack of items can be overwhelming. Focus on just one or two things per visit—a great pair of vintage jeans, for example. This will increase your chances of an awesome find.
With these five tips, you'll be ready to conquer thrift store shopping and have a whole new wardrobe for pennies on the dollar.