If you love finding unique pieces to enhance your style, then you love to hit thrift and vintage stores.
To make the found item more one-of-a-kind, just: cut, add, or edit.
Fashion- make it yours!
While, sometimes going to thrift stores has less of that oh so cute vintage essence and more of that worn, tattered, and weathered feel, one just needs a few tools in their tool belt.
First knowing the right places to go, second the art of polite haggling (I stress polite you want to continue to shop there!!), and the imagination to see the potential of a garment.
A seasoned thrifter knows how to see something seemingly tired and useless and enhance its natural beauty by tying into a wonderfully unique outfit.
My best friend, Janet, is definitely a seasoned thrifter and then some. She is my constant inspiration stylistically and artistically and she is the one that pulled me into the thrifting community and since then I have saved many dollars (and you can too!).
Janet’s thrifting is very inventive, she often takes something inexpensive and ordinary and adapts it into something extraordinary.
I like to view it as being a collaborative fashion designer; adapting an item of clothing that has a story by giving it purpose in the 21st century.
An item can be transformed but keep the integrity intact simply by cutting, adding, or editing the garment.
This allows the item to have further longevity and continue to its story.
As it goes through the wearer to the thrift store, the cycle will continue and you get to be a blimp in its rich history.
The new age of fashion design often exists somewhere in the grey scale of vintage and trendy and anyone can be among this new age of fashion design.
I have noticed, mainly from watching Janet perform her magic in fashion enhancement, that it requires two things:
- an abstract understanding of the original clothing item in question.
- a metaphoric collaboration with the original designer.
…. in order to achieve the tasteful art of mixing something old with something new.
I am fascinated by the evolution of fashion design, especially right now. Fashion and the composition of an outfit can tell a layered story.
One that exists in history and in the 21st century just by cutting, adding, or editing.
Let me know your creations and thrifting finds, written by Brianna