Cheap Chic

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  1. kit

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    True, to a certain extent. I dislike seeing people who just buy whole outfits from a lookbook. Style should be your own, not created by someone else. I am a thrift store lover, but there is also a place for luxury goods. For instance, you need good shoes. I can't stand cheap shoes.. I won't buy/wear them!! What is the point of paying money for shoes (even if it is only 20 some dollars) that are going to fall apart in a few wears?

    It all boils down to moderation. It's not good to be dressed in head-to-toe Kmart, but it's not good to look like something from the runway (literally.)
     
  3. As You Like It

    As You Like It Proponent of Plaid

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    I'm all in favor of "cheap chic" because there are millions us out there who have style but not $$$.

    If you want cool, cheap clothes, the best place, IMO, is Target. Good quality for what it is, and excellent prices. Gordmans and Kohls are also good for contemporary gear at low prices.

    I make the vast majority of my own clothing though. I love to sew and hate to shop, so for me it is the best of all possible worlds.

    I love thrift shops and secondhand. I'm the queen of fashion scavenging--I'm constantly unburdening my sister and friends of stuff they don't like or can't wear anymore. I've worn the same size since about 1995, so I'm frequently the beneficiary of stuff other people have grown out of.

    ThatSoCalledPrep I agree with you up to a point regarding the shoes, but my thoughts on shoes are more of a preference for simple good quality over luxury. In no way could I ever justify buying J.P. Tods when I can get a perfectly good pair of Aerosoles that will look largely the same, wear just as well, and cost only $60. I'm a big devotee of Dr. Marten's as I have had great luck with the comfort and durability, and while they're not cheap, I know they're not a patch on big-name designer shoes or boots for price.
     
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    I agree with TheSoCalledPrep when it comes to moderation.
    I go thrifting because I feel that clothes with history and character are worth more than their $3.00 thrift store pricetag. I have some clothes that I paid $1.25 for that I wouldn't take $50 for, because of their intrinsic value. It's not about money, it's about clothes. It's about personality.
     
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    Cheap Chic? its called style! Not every one has $$$$$, but style is what you do with what you have!
     
  6. kit

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    BRAVO , You KNOW what you are talking about !!! ;)

    KIT :innocent:
     
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    Personally I dont like thrift store clothes - it looks junky or out of place - like you just stepped out of a time machine (if the clothes are from another era) - i prefer the future rather than the past so I am always looking for classics and a few modern things to throw into the mix. If you dont have much money dont shop as often - buy a few key peices from nice stores on sale. Less is more and Quality over Quantity.
     
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    I was at a thrift store in Montreal and got really lucky when I saw an a-line pink vintage chanel skirt in my size.

    It looks awesome for ALL occasions. And I got it for 5$ B)

    It is so versitile it's great. I've been wearing it 2 years straight.
     
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    oceanharlot stories everywhere

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    ok thats makes me want to go scour goodwill RIGHT NOW! lol.

    I buy lots of stuff at thrift stores. I never wear head to toe vintage, because that is just boring and a bit bag-lady to me. Wearing head to toe runway is just... too fashion victim as well though. Its all about balance. Combining funky accessories and simple pieces with the newest hottest things off the runway you can really pull off an amazing look. That is what I am always striving for.
     
  10. As You Like It

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    micouture I prefer true vintage clothing to new retro styles because I often don't really like the contemporary version. Plus, you have to mix it up. I'll wear old skirts that my mom had back in the 1960s with a top I made last month from a current pattern and with a jacket I have had since high-school in the 1990s.

    Sometimes I want the time-machine look, too. Like last year when I got my hair cut in a 1960s bob, I sure as hell wore my mod archives like crazy. I've got some great vintage, and some nice new stuff made off of vintage patterns. Sometimes it is fun to re-create a historical look.
     
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    I like that fashion is moving back to teh streets and off the runways
     
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    i agree, more sensible and realistic + comfortable. i love modern urban style with a touch of glam.
     
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    BRAVO , You KNOW what you are talking about !!! ;)

    KIT :innocent: [/b][/quote]
    As do you, this topic was a sensible one

    -ahhGucci :doh:
     
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    So, basically you are saying that you won't wear anything? Because most of the fashion out there is inspired by earlier eras. Also, if you make about $2,000 a month, why would you buy 2 shirts from D&G for hundreds of dollars, instead of a bunch of things from, let's say Arden B or H&M? Are you saying that it's better to have a few designer label outfits than to have a selection? Because if you are, no offense, but that sounds snotty to me.
     
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    :unsure: What is a thrift store? I know it may seem stupid, but English is not my mother language therefore I think I am allowed a few flaws...
     
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    Thats OK english isn't my mother tounge either :blush:


    A thrift shop is a place that sells , used second hand items. People give their used clothing to these thrift shops, or they can sell it for a very low price. Then people go and buy them for a bit of a higher price so the thrift store can make money. Most of the time a lot of thrift stores give a percentage of their $$$ to charity. :flower:
     
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    About thrift stores: You don't have to buy dated stuff, you can find classic basics too. That's what I generally look for.

    The article says nothing new to me personally, I think most of us mix-n-match our way through life...

    The one thing to note about the article might be that people seemingly are more proud of their bargains than of their luxe. I think it's just that people nowadays take the luxe for granted, and show off their 4 € thrift find while accessorizing it with a 1000 € handbag. Buying high street/thrift stuff is clever, it's coquettish...
     
  18. PrinceOfCats

    PrinceOfCats Naturellement pulpeuse

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    I think that high-street stores are becoming rather too vouge-ish these days.

    Did I mention that I hate the Guardian and Observer's fashion pages? CP owns one suit and it's from Burton...the man has no class...
     
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    The article was written by ' POLLY VERNON ' !!! :eek:

    Now , what do you say ? :unsure:

    KIT :innocent:
     
  20. PrinceOfCats

    PrinceOfCats Naturellement pulpeuse

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    She should reform him....and she has some pretty suspicious choices as well...
     

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