I don’t know about you, but I LOVE finding amazing deals from secondhand stores ― there is nothing better! I especially love having shopping trips to Plato’s Closet because every time I go they always have different pieces and new opportunities to score some deals!
I’ve done my fair share of thrifting and I’ve come up with a few tips, tricks and secrets of how to find the best deals and get the most bang for your buck! Let’s get into it!
Tip #1 - Master the “Scan”
Looking through racks and racks of clothing can be daunting if you don’t know what to look for. If you know what kind of fabric, texture or color you’re looking for, scan the racks as you go to spot the pieces you are interested in or what catches your eye. Practice makes perfect to master the art of “the thrifting scan” ;)
Tip #2 - Like it or Love it?
Going to secondhand stores is perfect for finding unique pieces, but it also means there aren’t replicates of every piece in each size. If you don’t 100% love the piece and don’t think you will genuinely wear it on a weekly basis, save your money. Sometimes I’ll find great unique pieces but they don’t fit my body type or aren't the right size, even if it might be a great steal, it isn’t worth the change and space in your closet.
Tip #3 - Watch For Discount Days
Depending on the Plato’s Closet location that is nearest to you, they will probably have an email newsletter or an Instagram page that you can follow to stay notified about their sales! Keep your eye out for any special events or holiday deals! The Plato’s Closet nearest to me has an awesome active Instagram page and they post pieces for sale all the time which is super helpful!
Tip #4 - Always Inspect The Pieces First
The #1 rule to thrifting is to always check the clothing pieces for stains, rips or any other defects to your clothing pieces. Sometimes the staff might miss small details so it’s always good to go through a quick scan of your items!
Tip #5 - Sell Before You Buy!
Wanting to have a little extra spending money on new clothes? Bring in some of your clothes you don’t wear anymore or that don’t fit and sell them to Plato’s Closet! They take gently used clothes, shoes and accessories and the extra spending money doesn't hurt either!
I hope you found this helpful and are ready to begin your journey of becoming a thrifting pro ;)
Thanks for reading!
Blog By: Taiya Maddison | @taiyamaddison
The new year is often viewed as a fresh start, a clean slate or an opportunity to try new things. I personally strive to try new things in one way or another, whether it be through food, travel or fashion!
As we head into the new year, there is a particularly exciting fashion trend that has inspired me to step a little out of my comfort zone: animal prints! Cheetah, leopard and snakeskin seem to be in every store, yet many people still feel intimidated by the bold trend. Through experimentation, I’ve found that this trend can be easily wearable and can bring lots of confidence when fully embraced! So try on some leopard print and strut into the new year with confidence!
Today I will be sharing some of my favorite ways to style animal prints that you can easily rock at school!
Outfit 1: A Classic Style
Opting for an animal print in the form of a classic piece, such as this bomber jacket, is the perfect way to test out whether you enjoy wearing the trend!
For this look, I decided to go with a chill and casual look. Graphic tees look super cute layered underneath animal print. Another great quality of an animal print jacket is its surprising versatility; you can pair just about any wash of jeans with this look!
Overall, this is the perfect look to try if you enjoy being comfy (me!!) and want a casual way to wear animal print!
Outfit 2: Get Sporty!
While snakeskin is one of my favorite animal prints, it can feel a little formal at times. When I bought this skirt, finding ways to dress it down for school posed a challenge. Luckily, I figured it out and now you don’t have to struggle like I did!
Pairing a casual polo sweater, like this bold red, can bring in a really youthful and sporty vibe to counteract the sophisticated snakeskin. Adding some white sneakers and throwing your hair into a high ponytail can make the perfect sporty snakeskin look!
Outfit 3: Denim on Denim
Layering a denim jacket over an animal print shirt and a denim skirt (could be black or light wash!) is a super fun style. Similar to the first look, the animal print is styled in a really casual and comfy outfit, so you won’t feel too out of your comfort zone and you’ll still be looking super cute!
Despite being a simple outfit, the leopard print adds a little interest and detail to the outfit! If you live somewhere cold or your dress code is strict, the skirt could easily be swapped for some jeans!
Outfit 4: Stylish Kicks
This look is for all you shoe fanatics out there (I’m right there with you!) Shoes are a great way to wear animal print because they are subtle yet still make a statement in a simple outfit.
If you don’t feel comfortable wearing heels like the ones above, there are so many cute styles of animal print shoes such as sneakers, mules or loafers!
I hope these outfit ideas gave you some inspiration on how to incorporate this trend into your everyday looks. As you venture into 2019 and try new things, just remember that you can rock any style with confidence and a smile!
Blog By: Ember Sierra | essentiallyember