Thriftin’: Looking fly on a college budget

Above: a scene from a hipster adaptation of West Side Story

I’ma take your grandpa’s style, I’ma take your grandpa’s style,
No for real – ask your grandpa – can I have his hand-me-downs? (Thank you)

I wear your granddad’s clothes
I look incredible
I’m in this big ass coat
From that thrift shop down the road

Macklemore puts it best in the lyrics above – I will look hot rocking your grannie’s old clothes. Shopping in thrift stores is not only the key to looking good on a low budget, it’s the key to looking good period. You don’t want to be seen wearing clothes that everybody else owns, so ladies, put away that American Apparel Dress, and fellas, let’s ditch your American Eagle T-shirts for a moment and try to rock our style creatively. Just think: a few years down the road you might have a dress code at your job, and even if you don’t, other adults will expect you to dress with self-respect and modesty. So, live it up now and dress like…well…like a chic homeless person.

Faux fur coats, tribal skirts, vintage slacks, and used shoes — I’ve snagged them all, and each item was under $20. The first time I went to a thrift store, I confess I felt a little self conscious. The idea that someone else had worn these clothes kind of skeeved me out, and I didn’t want to look like an old lady from the days of yore, but when the compliments started pouring in after my first thrifted outfit my fashion inhibitions melted away. Here are some ways to save your budget and boost your style on College Hill:

To get this out of the way…
Urban Outfitters is not a thrift store, and despite the fact we all do it, it’s not cool to shop there. Chances are enough people have tried on those skinny jeans that they’re basically secondhand already.

NAVA
If you’re looking for a very consumer friendly boutique, it’s next to CVS on Thayer Street. NAVA stands for New and Vintage Apparel, and although it can get pricey, I find a lot of really cool stuff there for under $30. They have a wonderful selection of Men’s flannel shirts, as well as new clothing that hearkens back to the era of their vintage pieces. Also, it definitely houses the cleanest clothes of all these thrift shops. Continue Reading