think outside the box + thrifting

thrifted lace top with jogging pants and animal print - Thrifting Diva In my quest to turn everyone I meet into a thriftanista, I often hear a recurring complain — “The thrift stores near me don’t have great pieces that you seem to find.”   Yes, no two thrift stores will have the exact same pieces.  But that does not mean you cannot find something to add to your closet from every thrift store.  The number one rule in becoming a thrift pro is thinking outside the box when it comes to thrifting.

thrifted lace top with jogging pants and animal print - Thrifting Diva thrifted lace top with jogging pants and animal print - Thrifting Diva Take for example this beautiful lace top.  I found this lace top at a San Diego Salvation Army for $.50cents.   It was actually$1.00 but I was there on a day where everything was 50% off.  At first glance, for some, it might have appeared “grandma like” or plain ugly.  The top had these ridiculous sized shoulder pads and a huge flower on one side where it’s pulled up a little bit.  I did not let those ghastly fashion missteps stop me from capitalizing on a .50cents deal.  What I was most concerned about was the fit, the length and the beautiful lace details.  Everything else I knew was just a matter of thinking outside the box and revamping it a little to suit my modern needs.

thrifted lace top with jogging pants and animal print - Thrifting Diva thrifted lace top with jogging pants and animal print - Thrifting Diva Styling this outfit for a date night out with hubby, I removed the shoulder pads and the ridiculous flower.  Since the top was clearly see through, I added a white camisole underneath.

thrifted lace top with jogging pants and animal print - Thrifting Diva thrifted lace top with jogging pants and animal print - Thrifting Diva I choose to wear these skinny jogging pants for some more structure to the outfit.  I thrifted these jogging pants at Buffalo Exchange on my latest San Diego Thrifting Bus Tour.  These pants are definitely a big fall fashion fave by many bloggers this season and I was very happy to get my hands on these beautiful and comfy pants for only $11.00.  Honestly, they are seriously comfortable.

thrifted lace top with jogging pants and animal print - Thrifting Diva thrifted lace top with jogging pants and animal print - Thrifting Diva Adding these beautiful pointed to animal print pumps simply made this outfit stand out for me.  I had been eyeing these pumps on Victoria Secrets for quite some time, but, you guys know my serious condition against paying full price for anything.

They originally came on the market for $98.  Definitely out of my price range for shoes.  I waited, and waited and waited until they hit their clearance low at $29.99 and then made the purchase.  I ordered them a size higher than I normally wear and hit jackpot with that decision.  They are not too high and actually quite comfortable for even walking!  Add some simple accessories and felt really good that I thought outside the box when I scooped up this .50cents lace top!

Have you been thrifting lately?  Do you try to think outside the box when coming across a unique piece?

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34 Comments

  1. Lol, I was reading this as I smile all the way. So am not alone. I have thought out of the box all the time that I have been in thrifts Markets and I can totally relate. Beautiful look, love the lace top and the shoes

  2. I think outside the box. To a certain degree. I have yet to master the art fully 😉 But sure as, I’ve been trying out many things I wouldn’t have considered shopping only at retail stores.

    That said, I think it takes a bit of wanting to get outside your comfort zone to fully embrace thrift style, because no two days you are going to look the same 😛

    Alex – Funky JungleInstagram

  3. You are definely making me re-think thrifting! 🙂 . You look amazing in all of your finds and these are no exception! Thanks for the inspiration and have a lovely weekend

  4. love that lace top!! yeah i have the hardest time thinking outside the box when it comes to picking pieces and outfits.. but i’m always amazed when others pick out things i would never pick out and make an amazing outfit out of it.

  5. Very true – most people don’t have the patience for thrifting, and it’s quite unfortunate that every find is pretty much once in a life time. Not that there aren’t a million white lace tops out there, but if I were to go to my goodwill right now and hope to find one, chances are I would not.

    I like to thrift with certain pieces in mind, like right now I want a cashmere sweater. I’m not being too picky about color or style, just want to see what I can find!

  6. You have a real talent for putting together a killer outfit. I have a hard time thinking outside of the box when it comes to clothes so I really admire those who have that ability!

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