Your Outfit Monday: Popping tags at the thrift shop
Did anyone go to the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert over the weekend at the USF Sun Dome? If you did, we trust you wore your very finest thrifted clothes. To mark the rapper's visit to our neck of the woods, our friend at tbt*, Robbyn Mitchell, found four ladies to show off looks they found at thrift stores with a spending limit of just $20.
Here are their stories. Flip through the slideshow above for the coordinating pictures. I'm really feeling this post today, because I am wearing a dress I snagged over the weekend from the Wesley Chapel Goodwill for the low price of $5. Mind-meld with Katarina McCormack and her totally radical jumpsuit, which came form the same shop.
Here we go!
Amy King: 34, registered nurse, Largo
The Dinner Party: We assigned Amy the task of dressing up for a Thanksgiving dinner party.
Black dress: No label, $5.87
Black satin pumps: Clery, Webb & Touraine, $10.36
What she beelines to first: "Dresses are the best value in the store because it's basically a whole outfit for $5."
How she got into thrifting: "My family has always been into it. We would go and find antique household goods at thrift stores for great prices. It just kind of moved over into clothes because I love to shop."
Kayla Vanstone: 23, CVS employee, Clearwater
The First Date: Kayla got first date-ready with $20 and a dream of being sexy but comfortable.
Dress: Wet Seal, $5.87
Shoes: Chadwicks, $10.36
Necklace and bracelet: Laliberi Scarf Adornment, $1.49 each
One of the surprising parts of thrifting: "The stuff people leave behind in the pockets. I found money one time and another time I found a condom wrapper. At least that was in a men's leather jacket."
Her thrifting methods: "It would take me a long time, maybe half a day, because there is a lot to look through. I want to make sure I've got what I want so I really have to get in there and dig."
Katarina McCormack: 24, Paul Mitchell student and salon assistant, Tampa
The Concert: Kat was heading to the Macklemore and Ryan Lewis concert at the USF Sun Dome in her look, ready to be seen.
Jumpsuit: Barboglio Cristine Jan, $5.87
Blazer: Linea by Louis Dell'Olio, $6.97
Her style dictums: "Loud. I love pieces that are loud and unique and just bright. For my birthday I found a gold-sequined Beyonce cocktail dress for $5 at Goodwill."
Why thrifting is here to stay: "Honestly, I think some of the best-dressed people in Tampa are thrifters. We're at the place that it's nothing to be ashamed of and people even post their thrift-shop outfits on Instagram."
Katie Lamont: 17, senior at East Lake High School, Palm Harbor
The Office: Not every day is a party. Katie shows off office chic for less with her $20 budget.
Blazer: Jones Wear Petite, $5.87
Top: Kristen, $4.27
Skirt: Worthington, $4.77
How she got into thrifting: "I started in the seventh grade, easing into it through resale shops like Plato's Closet, just to get into the idea that the clothes I'm wearing aren't brand new."
Why giving is as much fun as receiving: "I donate almost as much as I shop because when you're in the stores you kind of see the good that it can do."