I’ve probably already mentioned outside of being one of my favorite hobbies, getting dressed has become one of my most important forms of self-care. I love being able to express myself without even having to say anything, and getting dressed most certainly does that for me. I feel most confident when I’m able to successfully put together an outfit that I love and feel confident in. I mean there’s nothing like thinking of outfit and having it turn out better than you imagined. Ever since I can remember, I’ve loved to dress myself, so I’m sure you can imagine when it comes down to shopping I can get very, VERY serious about it. My mom has always been such an efficient, serial shopper, even coped a pair of sandals for a penny once, lol. While I was never quite as good with bargains and deals as she was, when I discovered thrifting I knew I could channel some of her ability to get the right amount of bang for my buck. I loved discovering new and old pieces that allowed me to experiment with my style and challenge my own creativity. I didn’t realize how relevant thrifting had been in building my confidence fashion-wise, until I got questions regarding the one-of-kind pieces that I managed to find. So this week’s Self-Care Tip is Thrift.
If you wanna stunt without spending a lot of money, I'd suggest you thrift. Like a majority of activities that allowed me to explore on my own, I got heavy into thrifting in undergrad. But even further back than that, I can remember my mom taking my brother and I on our first trip to Thrift Town in El Sobrante. Since then I've perfected my shopping techniques instead of just randomly pulling things off shelves like children normally do. But of course, growing up during the golden age of tacky name brand apparel, the late 90s and early 2000s wasn’t really the time for secondhand or “vintage”. I mean unless you wanted to get made of fun of, which for me was inevitable, lol. My good friend, Yamie, actually put me back on to the thrift game in my late teens, and my best friend's style inspired me to take thrifting a little bit more seriously when I decided to start wearing my hair out more. I’ll never forget sending out a text to her and my other friend, Vang, talkin’ bout needing to revamp my style to better suit my natural hair's versatility, lol.
Thrifting, much like collecting records, became another outlet for me and way before I knew it, pushed me to get out of my comfort zone. I’ve thrifted from San Francisco to San Diego, but hands down the greatest place to thrift was Brooklyn, New York (w/ SF running a close second). I love the random pieces you can get, the people you meet, and the places thrifting will take you on your search. The best stores were the hole-in-the-wall-one-of-kind spaces with the scent of old hippie grandmothers (maybe even with one running the counter), lol. It takes a certain amount of patience, but is well worth the sifting and searching, I mean I've found some GEMS. You'd be surprised how much you can find for so little.
I'd say about 47% of my wardrobe is secondhand, and it started with my obsession with crazy print sweaters & Etsy. Oh, at that time the obsession was real, and I have a [POPPIN’] sweater collection to prove it, lol. If you're in the LA area and ever wanna go, I've linked a few places down below at the end of the post for you to check out.
Now enjoy this photo of me wearing this ridiculously ignorant fur coat. It was $25 and I plan to wear it back home during the holiday to annoy my mother and have my little brother wear it with lots of gold accessories to make me laugh. Honestly, truly can’t wait to style this, lol