Style File: How To…Turn A “Thrifty” Find Into A Haute Look!

I know many fashionistas are fans of thrift stores and sales. Thrifting has become the modern way of budgeting for clothing…especially when no sales are around. Some of you may be thinking that shopping on a budget may cost you your style. Although the clothing is inexpensive, this is not true. You can buy a decent priced item and still turn the look into something of high value. Here are just a few ways to turn your thrift store findinto a haute couture score!

1. Accessorize!

When it comes to simple items of less value, you can surely turn them up with the right accessories. Now, you don’t want to over-accessorize because you don’t want to come off as if you’re trying too hard. A simple statement piece like a large gold choker will make the look. Being that gold accessories are in-style, they’re the perfect go-to pieces.

2. Keep It Simple

Many high-end looks are of great value because of the minimal details. So, you want to keep your look clean and simple when you are styling inexpensive pieces. When purchasing something as simple as a black dress, you can pair it with a thin leather belt and heels to set it off. Simplicity looks good when done in the right way.


When purchasing something like a cotton tee, watch for static. You don’t want to buy items who material may carry static. If fabric creates static, it may be uncomfortable or come off as cheap. Stores such as H&M and Forever 21 have sales on good quality cotton t’s and tanks.

4.  Be flexible

Before you try on and take an item home, you want to make sure it is durable and comfortable. Be sure to look at clothing from all angles when trying on. You want your look to flatter your figure. When you moving around, you don’t your clothing to rip or tear. Make sure you can sit, stand, and walk comfortably without complications. A little accident can be the most embarrassing thing. Casual cuts such as a button-ups, slouchy pants, or a tea dress will go well.

Before stepping out to a sale or thrift store, be sure to keep these tips in mind. You don’t want to walk around in clothing that isn’t flattering.

What are some of your favorite tips on how to turn an inexpensive look into haute couture?

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