T’is the season my sweeties!! So I wanted to show you that being stylish doesn’t have to involve spending a lot of money and it can actually do something positive for the planet too.
I hit my local Salvation Army thrift store to source 4 gorgeous looks for the festive season and the Today Show came along to check them out!
I decided to choose really simple classic items, some of which you may already have in your wardrobe, but if you don’t they will be a steal at your local second hand haven.
I also gave accessories some super chic and unexpected twists – like a shimmer scarf as a top and upcycling a handbag to look like a present
Frost yourself for less but never ever sacrifice style
Here are my tips
- Start with simple items – black and denim skinny jeans, a white t-shirt, black pencil skirt and streamlined accessories
- Then uncover ways in which you can upgrade and embellish them. For example, the big take home from the 2018 resort shows was bling is big and British Vogue did a great editorial to show you how accessories can amp up simple pieces like white t-shirts, khaki and handbags. Look at the white tee in my pics, I actually used two patches and earrings pinned into them to jazz it up, I didn’t glue or stitch so they are removable if you need your item to be plain again. Try one earring on the opposing side for a nod to the asymmetrical trend.
- Make items work in unexpected ways…look at these shots and you can see scarves worked in 3 different and unexpected ways…as a top cinched in with a belt, wrapped around a bag handle and reincarnated into a turban
- Give DIY a go…I made a cute looking box shaped handbag look like a Xmas present, the bow came from a race wear fascinator and I spray painted it gold, graft glue sealed it all together
- Frost yourself…if you don’t have a shiny or sequin piece its definitely worth the time finding one…add this on and you’re ready to turn heads…just keep everything else you wear nice and simple. Also – throw the size book out the window, this sequin t-shirt was too big for my model but it ended up being the perfect item to create a sexy after 5 off the shoulder vibe. PS it was only $15 from my local Salvos Store.
Each outfit seen here is well under $100 and absolutely items you can mix and match and wear again plus when you shop at a thrift store you are empowering people and the good work of the charity.
Christmas really should be about giving, not how much you can get.