It seems that modern day society dictates that in order to be viewed as fashionable and well-dressed you need to wear only the most popular designer names and show off the priciest tags. However, in the past few years there’s been a growing trend of shopping at secondhand stores and people are making a fashion statement out of it.
It has become such a widespread and common thing that many famous celebrities have been seen at thrift stores picking out great old-new pieces of clothing. Too good to be true? Let’s name a few popular thrifters.
We all know Zooey Deschanel as a singer, songwriter, musician, actress, television star, blogger and spokeswoman, but did you know that she still enjoys shopping at secondhand shops, thrift stores and flea markets? “I didn’t have a lot of money, so I got things for, like $2, $3, and made myself look as good as I could.
Limitations make you more creative,” she said of thrift shopping before she became a star. She believes it is more up to combining different styles and accessories and being creative with your appearance than it is about how much money you spend on your looks.
Next, we have seen one of the cutest members of the Kardashian clan, Kendall Jenner, making rounds at thrift stores like Wasteland (Hollywood) with her dear friend Hailey Baldwin. The young starlet can literally afford anything she could possibly imagine but still finds it way more fun to casually browse for casual T-shirts at such shops.
Fashion guru Gwen Stefani mentioned that, way back in the day, her grandmother used to help her make her own clothes. It’s no wonder that this has served as an inspiration for the multitalented singer/songwriter to launch her own fashion label L.A.M.B.
Besides designing her own clothing line, Gwen can still be seen around thrift stores in search of vintage pieces.
Speaking of vintage, an expert in the field, British fashionista Alexa Chung, has taken this sport to another level by launching her show back in 2011 called Thrift America on PBS. The show followed her and Maya Singer (the series creator and editor of special projects for Style.com) around the United States and Europe in search for all sorts of fantastic vintage garments they could find at garage sales, consignment and thrift stores.
So, if these amazing celebrities have no problem stepping into the world of secondhand apparel, why should we? Thrift stores these days hold very strict policies of the clothing they accept and sell, so be assured that you might even find top designer names on the shelves.
If you still find it kind of uncomfortable walking around such places, no worries, there are plenty of online stores as well. You can even find perfectly preserved children’s clothes at sites like SWAP for ridiculously low prices. Once your children grow their clothes out, you can simply swap their clothes back and re-sell them to another family in need. You get your money back and someone else gets the much needed seasonal wardrobe. Pretty cool, right?
Having second hand clothing is actually a very eco-friendly lifestyle. You save on precious fabrics, energy that was required to make it and you personally save money. If you want your outfit to stand out but not cost a fortune then the best thing would be to mix and match affordable clothing with fabulous dazzling accessories.
Just think of Drew Barrymore Express Denim Nylon Party back in August 2010 when she paired a dress she bought at a thrift store for $25 with $760 Yves Saint Laurent “Tribute” pumps. The result? – WOW.
Sophia Smith is a freelance writer from Brisbane, Australia with huge interest in beauty, fashion and style. She could be described as beauty addict and life lover. She writes mostly in fashion and beauty related topics, mainly through blogs and articles. Sophia is regular contributor at High Style Life on topics related to beauty, fashion and lifestyle.
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