I once read a quote that said: “I love it when someone else pays full price first.” Now ain’t that the truth? If you haven’t noticed, I’ve never been a girl after fancy things. The word “Gucci” and “Chanel” mean nothing to me. Some of you may have exited out of my blog after reading that, but I get more of a thrill out of buying things for cheap. I bought my car used and plan to drive it until it’s a hazard. All of my tennis skirts? Ebay. I’d rather keep my money in the bank and not on my closet floor.
I did a little experiment a couple of days ago. I put a skirt on Instagram and didn’t link where it was from. I had over 44 DM’s asking about my skirt and where they could purchase it. Little did they know, I bought it off the Goodwill rack for $2.99. The fact that I got it for cheap and someone complimented me on it, was way more awarding than throwing away a ton of money on a designer shirt or bag. A lot of the clothes I wear in my blogs are actually from Goodwill, eBay, and other secondhand stores around my city. One of my best friends, Becca, is the one who inspired me to second-hand shop. She makes everything look so vintage and cute. Thrift shopping makes you think outside of the box and get creative with your new pieces.
Not only does thrift shopping save money, but it also helps save the earth. If you’d like to read more about how thrift shopping saves the planet, please check out this article. It explains how secondhand shopping can lower your carbon footprint, helps water preservation, reduces chemical pollution, decreases landfill waste, and encourages recycling!
This year, my spending habits have changed. I’m so proud of how mindful my purchases have been, and I feel so more in control of where I put my money. If you haven’t read my post about the “no spend challenge” and “not buying stuff” then please do that! I know you’re thinking “I thought you weren’t buying stuff.” And you’re right. Technically this is me buying stuff, but it’s me being smarter about the things that I buy, and I’m doing it in hopes that’ll inspire someone else out there to shop secondhand. For everything I purchased at Goodwill, I made sure to donate the same amount of items. I went through the things I didn’t wear this past winter and added them to the donation pile.
Now, let’s talk about style. I like to get my inspiration off of Pinterest. I had noticed that I had been pinning a lot of skirts lately, but I only had a few in my closet. They are the winter skirts you wear with tights, so I was out of luck. I decided to stop into the Goodwill up the road and check out their racks. I was blown away with their selection of skirts! I had ideas running through my mind of what I’d pair them with and where I’d wear them to.
I think skirts are cute when they are dressed down into casual wear. I love adding a plain t-shirt, a sweater, a simple tank top, or a bodysuit to them. Keep reading to see how I styled six skirts to fit my casual style!
Please let me know in the comments if you’d like to see me do more of these “thrifty style series!”
Skirt #1 is an asymmetrical midi snow leopard skirt with a layered bottom. You’ll notice right away that asymmetrical skirts are my favorite. Since turning 28, I feel like I’ve been holding more weight in my thighs and lower abdomen and these look the most flattering on my body type. You can take those pencil skirts and throw them right in the dumpster. “It’ll be a no for me dog!”
I paired this skirt with a black bodysuit and black wedges. Shoutout to my mom for letting me borrow her shoes for these photos! My mom is the shoe queen, and since we’re about the same size, her closet is heaven for me. I kept it simple and comfortable.
Skirt #2 is an asymmetrical midi watercolor print skirt. When I saw this skirt on the rack, I knew it was going to be a hit or miss for me. Surprisingly, I ended up loving it! It was a high waisted skirt that fit me in the all right places.
I paired this skirt with one of my favorite white off the shoulder tops (that I’ve owned for four years), brown wedges, and a jean jacket. This would be a fun skirt to wear on vacation, or to church!
Skirt #3 is a floral print asymmetrical midi with a gorgeous flow to it! This one was by far my favorite and fit my style so well. I would have paid full price for this skirt it was at Nordstrom or somewhere else. This skirt is going to be glued to me all Spring.
I paired it with some camel wedges, a camel over the shoulder bag, and a white long-sleeved t-shirt. I saw the girls on Pinterest tie the bottom of the t-shirt into a knot, so I tied the bottom of the t-shirt into a knot (praying you got that reference!😂 Let me know in the comments if you did!) I’m thinking about taking this outfit with me on our weekend getaway.
Skirt #4 patterned maxi. When I saw this skirt, I didn’t think twice. I looked at the size and when I saw that it would fit, I immediately threw it into my arms with the others. It screamed spring to me! Want to know a fun fact? This is the first maxi skirt I have ever owned.
Sometimes it’s fun to add a pair of sneakers to a skirt or a dress to make it extra casual. I paired this colorful maxi skirt with lavender sneakers. The skirt had lavender in the print, so it made the color pop! I wore the same white top from skirt #2 and kept it simple. I loved the way this skirt flowed and the sparkles it gave off when the sun hit it. And can I get an AMEN for high waisted skirts?
Skirt #5 is an above the knee asymmetrical skirt. I especially loved the design on this skirt because it was casual and paired perfectly with a basic t-shirt! If you know me, then you know all I wear is basic t-shirts and shorts during the summer. I’m excited to change it up and start adding skirts to the mix.
I paired this skirt with some sandals (from target), a tied white t-shirt, and a jean jacket! I could have stayed in this outfit all day because of how cool and comfortable I felt. It was about 70-degrees outside, and this skirt was so light and airy!
Skirt #6 is an asymmetrical midi with polka dots with a small slit and a fun layered flair to the bottom!
This skirt was also one of my favorites. I think I got lucky with finding this gem at Goodwill for $2.99! I paired this skirt with my mom’s shoes, the white long sleeve t-shirt, and an over-the-shoulder bag.
I hope this blog inspires you to go out and shop secondhand this spring! I love seeing what people find at thrift stores, so I’d love to see your Goodwill style! Tag me in your photos, and I’ll share them on my next thrifty series post!
Questions or you!
- What type of clothing should my next “thrift series” feature?
- Which skirt do you like the best?
- What is your favorite item you’ve bought secondhand?