Ageless Style Link-up!
We are ageless & we have style!!!
Nine fabulous, over 40 fashionistas take on a theme! The first Tuesday of each month our looks are revealed, & here we are today, showcasing a Second-Time-Around Theme!
“Fashion repeats itself. It’s not really a going ahead, although you expose things differently. The result is very editorial, fresh, and fun.” – Vogue Magazine
As a child & teenager, many of my garments were hand-me-downs from neighbors or my brothers. So, of course, I didn’t think going to a second-hand store was cool. In fact, if we went to a thrift store, I was afraid people would assume we were poor which we weren’t. But, it was embarrassing nonetheless. Damn it, I wanted my OWN clothes! Not the leftovers from Kay Lynn Fowler who lived down the street or my older brother’s used “Penguin” polo shirt, or even worse, his tattered Tough Skins jeans!
Despite the fact, I was bummed I had to wear used clothes, I remember my mother having so many beautiful garments & pieces of jewelry; most of which were given to her by relatives or when her mother past. My mother’s clothes were so elegant. Even as a child, I recognized the delicate detail & the extra care in the finishing touches as if every item was a one-of-a-kind creation. A little history about my mother:
- She has been thrifty & frugal her entire life
- She has never followed trends
- She has never felt pressure to wear designer clothing
- She was always conscious of reducing waste
Today, she only wears clothing purchased from local thrift shops. She’s angered by the waste we create as humans & lack of awareness of the impact it has on our environment. She has never understood the need to spend oodles of money on clothing or anything for that matter. Thrift shopping is right up her alley.
My mom’s closet is the only place I’ve snuck in to do a wee bit of thrift/vintage shopping. Shhhhh, she hasn’t realized there are a few items missing. I’ve never felt confident with thrift or vintage shopping as I just feel so clueless. Is it worth the price? Am I paying too much? I guess it is no different than buying a new item from a brand store. You either like it or you don’t; you feel the price is worth it or not. If it’s not worth the price, you wait for the sale.
I see the many reasons why thrift shopping has become so popular. “Fashion recycles itself very often but no one seems to care anymore. Generations change, the approach to fashion changes, tastes differ.” “The younger generations didn’t go through those trends therefore everything seems new to them.” – Vogue Magazine
Second-time around, thrift, re-sale & vintage shopping is wildly popular today & there are some incredible bloggers who almost solely work with vintage: Michelle @chele_clark, Suzanne Carillo of http://suzannecarillo.com, Sherry of http://www.petiteover40.com, Keren Charles of http://www.twostylishkays.com, Emma Sousa of http://www.avintagevice.net & there are so many more! Heck, even Mackelmore & Ryan Lewis wrote a song bragging about a Thrift Shop!
Thrifting is Trendy!
More people not only want to be original, find their own unique sense of style; they want to find what no one else has for a whole lot less. It’s the thrill of the hunt because with thrift/re-sale shopping, you never know what you are going to find. I can appreciate the sense of accomplishment when you find that hidden gem at an inexpensive deal. It’s all about “spending wisely, thoughtfully & with authenticity.”
There is also greater awareness about living sustainably, consuming less & having a smaller footprint on our environment. Thrift shopping can be used as a kind of recycling; actually it can be better. It’s “upcycling,”; a term I discovered while doing a bit of research. It’s all about taking something used & improving upon it.
For this month, Ana suggested we put together an outfit with a vintage or secondhand piece. Thank goodness I packed 2 of my mother’s skirts for our trip here in Florida. I have a black pleated midi skirt, but that was just too dark for such a warm, spring day, so I chose this shimmery peach/white striped pleated skirt. I have showcased this skirt in a previous post & so happy I could wear it again for this month Second Time Around theme. It is just so colorful & vibrant for this time of year. This is what I paired it with:
- Forever 21 Cropped Tee
- Adidas Gazelle Sneakers from Urban Outfitters – SIMILAR COLORS HERE
- Tokyobay Watch
- Sunnies from Leaf Boutique
“Vintage is the root of fashion. This is where fashion comes from. Designers use it as inspiration,” – Keren Charles of www.twostylishkays.com
Are you a thrift shopper? Why do you like to thrift/vintage shop? What is the biggest excitement with thrift/re-sale shopping?
If you are ready for some unique vintage outfit inspiration, then head over to the link-up! Check out my 8 co-hosts & their Ageless Style blog posts! These ladies have so much style & it’s a must to check out their gorgeous one-of-a-kind looks.
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- Please visit at least 2 other links. Such a great way to meet & make new friends!
- Link to your actual post & not your blog’s homepage.
- Please link back to Ageless Style Linkup in your linked post.
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Most of all, Have Fun!