How To Op Shop Like A Pro
Op shopping is one of my favourite pass times and is an art I have perfected over the years. Here are my tips and tricks for making the most out of your thrifting experiences.
- What have you been pinning lately? Have you had your eye on anything in particular that you just can't seem to find in the shops (or don't wish to spend a heap of $$$). Second-hand shopping works best when you have a goal in mind. Is it a vintage silk scarf? Or the perfect pair of 501 Levis? Do you need a black turtle neck to tie an outfit together? Go into the experience with something in mind and you are more likely to have a successful shopping trip.
- Grab your favourite espresso before you start. You are going to need it.
- Shop for quality over quantity. It's easy to get excited and swept up in the moment but how many times have you bought a whole heap of stuff at markets/thrift stores with the best intentions and its ended up at the back of your wardrobe taking up space?(I'm so guilty of this, I don't know why I ever thought a highlighter orange/leopard print bomber jacket was a good idea) Take a deep breath and think about what you could wear the piece with. If you see yourself wearing it once a fortnight or more then its a keeper!
- Check what its made of. Good quality fabric is so hard to come by with most things being made out of some sort of nasty acrylic polyester blend. If you're umming and ahhing over a piece and its made out of something luxurious then grab it. If you don't wear it you can always sell it or give it to a friend.
- For the love of god, DO NOT buy shoes if they are too small. I don't care how cute they look, I don't care how expensive they would have been full price. They WILL hurt you. You WILL regret it. Take it from someone who's done this time and time again and has had the blisters to prove it.
- Don't just shop in the ladies section. Some of my favourite ever purchases has been menswear. Think black trench coats, high waist denim, white oversized shirts.
- Bring someone whos opinion you trust. Sometimes it's hard to tell if something looks good on you when the lighting's all wrong and the changing room mirrors are doing strange things to your proportions. While I am a BIG advocator for doing things on your own, sometimes it's nice getting a second opinion from someone who knows you.
- Be confident. At the end of the day, if you feel amazing in something, you are going to wear it. Style is so unique to every single person if your gut tells you *I look fabulous* then go for it. There have been so many times when I have asked people's opinion on things and the response has been "it's very...you". For me, this is a compliment. Always always be true to yourself. You are wonderful and unique and there is no one quite like you.