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Fall 2017

7 Tips for Getting the Most out of Thrift Shopping

It’s no secret that here at Trendsetters at the U we love fashion. However, fashion isn’t all sunshine and rainbows – it gets expensive. Seasonal trends can be limiting, and the clothing manufacturing industry has some serious flaws. That’s where thrift stores come in: you can get a one-of-a-kind piece for a minimal price, and even the chance to support a local charity instead of a huge corporation. Navigating thrift stores can be tricky, so I’ve compiled my top seven tips for getting the most out of thrift shopping.

1. Location is Key

If you can, try to seek out thrift stores in small towns, or industrial areas. Thrift stores in downtown areas can and do have awesome clothes, but as a lot more people shop there, the clothes are picked over by a lot more people. Rural or industrial stores usually have more variety and lower prices. If you’re like me, however, and rely purely on buses and the charity of friends, the Goodwill here in Missoula is massive! If you don’t mind paying a couple extra dollars (seriously, only a couple), it’s definitely worth a visit

2. Wear the Right Clothes

It sounds like a no-brainer, but there’s nothing worse than asking for the fitting room and being informed that there isn’t one – this does happen in smaller stores. When you’re forced to try on items over your own clothes, the best thing to wear is a close-fitting t shirt and leggings with slip on shoes. Which brings us to the next tip…

3. Try On Everything

I cannot stress enough how important this is. Most thrift stores have a no-refunds policy, and while you can always donate clothing back, you won’t get a refund for something that doesn’t fit. Also, sizing varies from brand-to-brand, year-to-year, and country-to country. Even if you think something isn’t your size, give it a try anyway! You never know what hidden gems you might find.

Woman in jeans and yellow dress with a dark pattern over it that has a cut out in the front so that you can see her jeans. Black stilettos complete the outfitwoman in jean shorts, black Converse, white top with lacy detail on top, green cardiganwoman in white off the shoulder top, cuffed capri jeans, platform light brown sandals, denim jacket tied around waist and aviator sunglasses

4. Donate!

It always feels good to give back, and if you have clothes that are in good condition but you just don’t wear anymore, donating them helps second hand stores to stay open and often supports a charity as well. As an added bonus, it also stops you from accumulating a mountain of clothing in your closet!

5. Bring a Friend

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve thought I’ve fallen in love with something, only for a friend to point out that the colour isn’t for me or it’s just a little bit too oversized. It’s always good to have a second opinion (again, there’s no refunds), even if you ultimately decide that you just love the piece anyway.

Trendsetters, many in Griz attire, holding out full Goodwill bags after a successful thrifting adventure!

6. Don’t Be Afraid to Shop in Other Sections

If you’re a woman, for example, try checking out the men’s or even children’s sections. Nobody’s going to know that the extremely cozy flannel you’re wearing was actually made for a man, and children’s clothes often have fun patterns.

7. Consider Learning How to Sew

This opens up your opportunities endlessly. You love a piece but it’s a little too big or small? Resize it! You like the pattern of a shirt but not the cut? No problem, just alter it to something you like! Having basic sewing skills especially helps if you’re shopping in other sections – and Pinterest is a great place to get inspiration!

Before and after shot of an altered dress. In before shot: the off-white colored dress with buttons down the front is baggy and well past the models knee's, the baggy sleeves hit her just above her elbows. In the after shot, the sleeves have been cuffed up to a more flattering fit, the skirt has been shortened to just above the model's knees and a pocket on the right side has been added. The model has switched from black, old fashioned, kitten heels to more fun and playful red strappy heelsA collage of a oversized shirt being turned into a dress. Photo 1: the oversized shirt on the model. It is a pattern made of marroon, reds, oranges and white and a button up collared shirt. Photo 2: The model wears the shirt with both her arms out of the neck opening, with the sleeves hanging loose below her armpits. She has buttoned the shirt just so that the neckline lays in a sweetheart neckline of sorts. Photo 3: The model ties the loose sleeves around her waist to create a makeshift belt. Photo 4: The model shows her new, more flattering makeshift dress.

Happy shopping!

Hannah Bennet

 

Photos by McKenna Munden | @kennaphotography and Pinterest

Fall 2017

5 Gym Outfits I’m Sportin’ This Semester

By Bailey Veitenheimer

It’s so important to include working out as part of a healthy lifestyle, so who says we can’t feel cute and confident while doin’ it?! Here are my top five outfits to rock during your next sweat sesh. (And check out my nutrition Insta @baileysplate for more health/fitness tips!)

1. Joggers + Classic Chucks

Fact #1 about yo girl Bailey Veit: I love a good jogger pant.  There’s nothin’ better than a cute and comfy piece of clothing, so joggers have become a staple for me! Joggers are perfect to wear on a day when you aren’t hitting the cardio too hard. I got this pair from Target (aka the Motherland) and I paired them with a vintage band tee which I cut off myself! I hate baggy shirts that get in the way when I’m trying to workout, so cropping shirts yourself is something I’ve found to be super helpful! I added a pair of classic Chucks because they’re a little edgy and work perfectly when you aren’t doing anything that requires a lot of foot support. For the final addition to this look, I tied a flannel around my waist (Bonus: this works well if you’re ever conscious about people looking at your booty in the gym too!)

Bailey in the outfit described above

Bailey in the outfit described above

Bailey in the outfit described above

 2. Shear Top + Snazzy Sports Bra

I am absolutely obsessed with mesh tops this year so of course I couldn’t help but throw one on for this look! I got the top from Hollister and paired it with a tie dye sports bra I picked up from T.J. Maxx.  It’s the perfect amount of pizazz without feeling too scandalous.  To keep with the purple color scheme, I wore my purple leggings (Kyodan brand) which I also got from T.J. Maxx.  I have discovered that you can find great workout leggings for about twenty bucks at T.J. Maxx if it’s not in your budget to drop the big bucks on Lulu all the time!  As you’ll see in this post, I wear a hat with most of my gym outfits because, not only are they cute, but they can hide a bad hair day (which I may or may not frequently have…) All of the caps I’m wearing in this post were actually from Walmart! For accessories that don’t need to be high quality, I’m not ashamed to peruse the aisles of Wally World.  As a final touch, I decided to wear classic black Nike’s which are basically essential for anyone who works out a lot!

Bailey in the outfit described above

Bailey in the outfit described above

Bailey in the outfit described above. Photo from behind showing the sports bra

3.  Tied Tank + Open Back

One of my favorite types of tops for working out is an open back tank! They keep you cool and are the perfect way to show off a cute sports bra!  As I pointed out earlier, I’m a big believer in the crop top life so another tip I recommend trying out is tying your longer tops in a front knot if you don’t want to crop them!  The leggings I’m wearing (90 Degree by Reflex brand) as well as the sports bra were also picked up at T.J. Maxx! I usually don’t wear too bright of colors but athleisure is the perfect opportunity to wear pieces that pop. The shoes are a simple slip on boat shoe which are great to have because they match everything!                  

Bailey in the outfit described above

Bailey in the outfit described above

Bailey in the outfit described above

Bailey in the outfit described above

4. Zip Up + Statement Legging

As you can tell by this post, I tend to go for solid colors in my workout attire, but these leggings reeled me in right when I saw ’em! They were a Target purchase and I paired them with an oversize Nike zip up. Oversize sweatshirts are perfect for us cold weather gals. But, if you’re going to wear a statement legging, it’s important to pair them with solid colors so you don’t overpower the look! This is why I went with a simple color scheme for both my shoes and crop top underneath. The crop top was actually a purchase from Amazon! I got four of them in the set for just $3 each. God bless Amazon for us broke college kids.As you can tell by this post, I tend to go for solid colors in my workout attire, but these leggings reeled me in right when I saw ’em! They were a Target purchase and I paired them with an oversize Nike zip up. Oversize sweatshirts are perfect for us cold weather gals. But, if you’re going to wear a statement legging, it’s important to pair them with solid colors so you don’t overpower the look! This is why I went with a simple color scheme for both my shoes and crop top underneath. The crop top was actually a purchase from Amazon! I got four of them in the set for just $3 each. God bless Amazon for us broke college kids.
Bailey in the outfit described above

Bailey in the outfit described above

Bailey in the outfit described above Bailey in the outfit described above

5. Crop Sweatshirt + Cozy Vest

For this look, I decided to stray away from my love for athletic leggings *tears up*.  Instead, I decided to go with a pair of athletic shorts (Danskin brand).  I paired them with one of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe which is this sweatshirt I picked up from Goodwill! I also cropped this myself ‘cuz I was feel in crafty.  For a little something extra, I put on a vest I purchased from Hollister and added a matching cap.  For shoes, I went with my other pair of staple gym shoes, my white Nikes.  I picked these babies up new at Goodwill for just $3.99! Just goes to show what deals you can find if you search in the right places!

Bailey in the outfit described above

Bailey in the outfit described above

Bailey in the outfit described above

I hope this post gave you guys a little style inspo for the next time you’re hittin the gym! Thanks for reading!

xoxo, Bailey Veit

 

Photography by Aleksandra Wąs | @fotografed_