July 29, 2010

Thrifty Threads

Welcome to another installment of Thrifty Threads, AKA Most Stylish Compact-y outfit, where readers model their favorite secondhand clothes.

A Compact-y outfit is used or recycled, from Goodwill, a thrift store, a consignment shop, craigslist, ebay, a yard sale, a clothing swap, or anywhere else you find secondhand clothing.

Today's model is Jennifer, shown here with her mother in the maternity outfit she's put together with non-maternity pieces from consignment shops. Jennifer says she an avid thrift shopper, and she thinks it's awfully non-thrifty to purchase new maternity clothes. She also tries to buy regular women's clothing that can transition from pregnancy to post-natal easily.

Jennifer's outfit consists entirely of secondhand non-maternity clothing from the Funky Trunk Consignment Boutique and Goodwill in Newnan, GA, a suburb of Atlanta. Here's the breakdown:
1) Bisou Bisou brand stretchy top was purchased at a consignment shop for $4.99 with the tags still on (originally priced $20)
2) Blue Old Navy tank top for $1.
3) Blue Banana Republic chino shorts for $10 at the same consignment shop (with tags, msrp $35)
4) Bella Band, which is a pregnancy band that lets you wear pre-pregnancy pants with the buttons down or maternity pants/shorts/skirts that are too loose after pregnancy. Jennifer purchased a fancy one with lace trim for $15 on craigslist.
5) Anne Taylor platform wedge sandals bought at Goodwill for just $3.99 (priced at $48 on still-attached tags).

Jennifer's mom is also wearing a secondhand top she got from her sister and Jennifer's pants from the 90s. I love the cute mother/daughter picture, happy and expectant.

Thanks Jennifer for that fabulous photo! No one would ever know you didn't pay full price for your stylish maternity look. Readers, it's your turn. Put on your favorite secondhand outfit, snap a photo, and send it to me at barton (dot) angela @ gmail (dot) com. Don't be shy, we all love to see the great clothes available secondhand for a fraction of the price of retail.

Are you a thrift store shopper? Please leave your best tips, plus compliments for Jennifer in the Comments section. And click here to check out previous installments of Thrifty Threads.


Kristen@TheFrugalGirl said...

Awesome! Maternity clothes can be SO expensive if you're not careful, and buying non-maternity stuff is always a great option.

Alea said...

Jennifer and her mother both look great in their second hand items! Finding non-maternity items that work while you are pregnant saves so much money. Plus you don't feel too bad if you have to wear them for a week or two after you have the baby.

My favorite maternity trick is to use a rubber band around my pant button, then put it through the button hole, and wrap the other end back over the button (I hope that makes sense). This trick usually gets me into my 5th month before I have to worry about finding elastic waist bands. I also use that trick for a couple of weeks after the baby is born.

Marie-Josée said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful photo. What a lovely outfit and the mom-to-be is radiant.