Dress me on a budget!
November 18, 2010 1:17 PM Subscribe
How do I build a contemporary yet classic wardrobe on a budget?
posted by jenlovesponies to Shopping (21 answers total) 27 users marked this as a favorite
I am in my mid-20s, on a bit of a thrift store budget, and I want to move away from the hoodies and endless jeans and more towards a style. Unfortunately, I am fashion illiterate. I have done my homework- watched What Not to Wear, read books by Clinton and Stacy- but they tend to say things like, "aim for a classic silhouette with a trendy flair" which means nothing to me (though, I get it, Clinton-go to a tailor).
So I wonder the following:
1. What's the best way to keep up on fashion? Is there a website that boils it down without endless extraneous information? For example, "wear leopard print" or "wear bubblegum pink"
2. How, exactly, when looking at garments, do I determine what is classic and what is dated? What the hell is "classic" and how do I find these grails? This seems especially impossible at thrift stores, which leads me to....
3. Is there anything in particular I should look for in thrift stores? What are the best brands to look for? I have no idea what brand comes from what stores, so is there a cheat-sheet approach to finding the best pieces?
4. And what is the best way to determine what looks look best on my body? Bonus points if I can look current.
My stats: 5'0", 160#, size 16ish US, C-cup, carrying my weight in my thighs.