Dying for a beautiful new coat this winter season but can't (or won't) pony up the hundreds of dollars to get it done? I'm all about getting the most bang for my buck (especially when buying a winter coat) which means I require three things in order to make the purchase: quality, beauty, and affordability. Although I've collected a number of nice options over the years, none of them felt quite right this season. My current craving is for a midi-length top coat with a wide lapel and a bit of a swing. My favorite retailers had some options here and there, but the ones I could afford weren't of enough quality to do their job (keep me warm!) and the ones that had the quality were way out of my price range. So guess where I turned to find the perfect winter coat. That's right folks, my favorite thrift store. All things old are new again.
It took mindful searching every week for a few months, but I finally found the right coat. I'm basically obsessed with this eggplant colored wool boyfriend number I scored last week at my local Savers.
Overcoat: Thrifted (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE) // Sweater: Gap (Thrifted) (Similar HERE) // Leggings: Amazon (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE)// Boots: Jeffrey Campbell 'Muskrat' (Similar HERE, HERE & HERE)) // Clutch: Thrifted // Gloves: Thrifted // Bracelets: J Crew // Sunglasses: Ray-Ba Classic Aviators //
Watch: Daniel Wellington 'Classic Sheffield' (15% OFF THROUGH 11|30|14 WITH CODE 'THRIFTSTORIES')
Sweaters are another cold weather staple that can be a considerable expenditure if you're committed to purchasing quality garments. I hunt for natural fibers (wool, cotton, silk, cashmere) when I go thrifting and I've found some really nice ones that cost only a few dollars instead of a few HUNDRED dollars. This navy v-neck is a particularly valuable score - it's fitted but not tight and the perfect length to wear over leggings for a little modesty without looking dumpy.
And let's not forget about our paws! These extra long leather gloves are perfect for covering hands (and wrists) on harsh winter days and cost only a few dollars instead of nearly a hundred. (And don't they look great with my 'leather' leggings?!)
So are you inspired to supplement your cold weather gear with inexpensive finds from your thrift store? There are so many beautiful coats (not to mention sweaters, gloves, hats, and scarves) donated to your local thrift stores everyday! Get out there! With a little patience and diligence you can realize your fashion visions for mere pennies on the dollar.
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