Guest Blogger: Contemporary & Vintage
Tags: Banana Republic, DC, Goodwill, HM, secondhand, shopping, thrifted, tips, vintage
Hi fellow thrifters and fashionistas! I’m Stephie from Thrift and Style and I’m beyond excited to be guest blogging for the DC Goodwill Fashionista today! Why am I so excited, you ask? Simply put: I have an addiction to shopping for amazing finds at Goodwill.
If you follow my blog, you’ll see that most of my outfit posts show at least one item that came from Goodwill, whether it’s a vintage piece or a secondhand score from H&M or Banana Republic. I rarely find myself paying full retail prices for clothes or accessories because I have a little voice in the back of my head that’s saying “you probably could have found this for 85% less at Goodwill.” I wonder if hearing voices is something to worry about…?
Finding vintage pieces at Goodwill always gets my heart rate up– I know that I’ve found something really special and unique that no one else will have. One of my favorite ways to put an outfit together is to take a vintage piece that I’ve thrifted, alter it if needed, and then use modern accessories to update it for today.
Over at Thrift and Style I’ve started a little mini-series called Tuesday Thrifting Tips. Each Tuesday on the blog I’ll talk about a few tips you (yes, you!) can use to feel more empowered to thrift your heart out. Today I’ll be talking a little bit about how I used contemporary accessories to spice up an amazing vintage dress I found at Goodwill.
I knew that floral is pretty big this season so when I spotted this vintage floral dress on the racks, I knew I had to have it. At first glance it looked a little grandma-ish because it had shoulder pads and a matching belt with a large/hideous buckle. I decided to get it anyway because I knew that these were both easy fixes– all I’d have to do is cut out those 80s inspired shoulder pads, swap out the matching belt with my own bright yellow neon belt and presto: I had myself an outfit perfect for living in the now.
When I was ready to take my new dress for a spin I paired it with some more accessories that are a bit more current, like my Nine West strappy sandals (found at the same Goodwill a few months back), my trusty glasses, a purple clutch and a chic top knot.
I hope that this Thrifting Tip has inspired you to get out to your local Goodwill to look for your own unique vintage find! Accessorize it up, my friend.
Stephie writes and edits for Thrift and Style, a blog focused on how to look your best on a budget. In addition to talking the talk about thrifting and finding things for less, Stephie also walks the walk and helps others create a more complete wardrobe on their budget too! If you are interested in a closet assessment please contact Stephie here!