"Style is a way of saying who you are without having to speak" - Rachel Zoe
So, if you've read my previous blog "how to find your personal style", you'll be well on the way to figuring out what you want to project to the world and how to own your style.
However, when it comes to filling the gaps in your wardrobe, it can be difficult to find the items you have in mind to give it your personal twist as most shops stick to seasonal colours and trends. This is where op shopping or thrifting can really come into its own.
Benefits to buying second hand are:
Checklist for op shopping the savvy way:
Thrifting and the holidays:
I think op shopping and holidays go together. Generally you're in a more relaxed, inspired and creative space and you never know what you’ll find while exploring other towns. I always do a quick google search of op shops when arriving somewhere new and make an
afternoon of it.
A year ago while on a road trip I bought this perfect condition banana bag in Paeroa, something I've coveted for years after big sis had one the same in the 70's, (#childhoodfashioninfluences), and the Italian suede boots were a song in Mt Maunganui.
(As for what I found in San Francisco's Haight Ashbury district - I won't even go there but I still wear them, over three years later!)
Try not to get too carried away, (as we all have at some time), with the holiday vibe! It defeats the purpose somewhat if you come home with a bag full of things you'll never wear as the climate or your lifestyle just doesn't cater to it. Three fringed kaftans and a rainbow coloured sombrero anyone?
On that note I'll leave you to ponder whether op shopping is something you love or would consider introducing into your shopping agenda in the new year for thrift, sustainability, originality and fun.
Look out for my next blog in January : "How to organise your wardrobe” - a great way to start the new year ensuring you wear everything, all the time.
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