One of the best, most affordable, and sometimes the most fun you can have getting great fashion in Salt Lake is checking out any of its many secondhand, thrift, and consignment shops. It’s style treasure hunting really and you can come away with some really signature looks that are also sustainable. Shopping vintage and thrift allows you to avoid copy-cat outfit styling – which is boring, doesn’t do a good job of expressing your lovely unique personality, and quite frankly unimpressive. When you shop at consignment stores, vintage boutiques, or the ever present Desert Industries you can let your fashion imagination take form and it’s very eco-chic. Here’s some tips to consider:
Open Plan: Large thrift stores like the DI have so much of a selection that it can be a little overwhelming so make sure to go in with a plan to look for certain items, colors, or textures. Ditch your expectation that you won’t find anything but hokey, tired out styles. I’ve purchased some amazing chic items from here multiple times including a laser cut dress from Free People, rockin military jackets, a corset belt that I easily DIY’d and more.
Be Persistent: Sometimes you need to dig a little, especially if you’re not finding your size abundant. Most large shops and thrift stores color coordinate or group according to size so you can save some time and just concentrate on texture, shape, and style.
Re-Visit: Some shops like Manhattan Finds, have great items but not a lot of space so you may not find much in your size or style preference. The trick with these tiny shops is revisiting every other week or so and going in without too many specifications. Also you can digitally window shop by frequently checking out a shop’s Facebook fan page beforehand. If you see a photo posted of something you may like just ask the staff to hold onto it for you to try out in person by messaging them or calling them up!
Bag It: Consignment shops and vintage boutiques have some of the coolest, chicest handbags. Many are designer bags that are sold at a fraction of the cost. I saw an amazing Gucci handbag at Decades for only $41 during one of my visits! There is no reason to spend a huge amount on a bag by only shopping retail.
Bling & Accessories: You can find an assortment of glittery jewels and chic shoes at antique shops and vintage boutiques. Some of the best necklaces and blingy baubles can be found at Capital City Antique Mall. Shops like Decades and Uptown Cheapskate have huge selections of shoes, boots, and hats.
Stay on Trend: If you’re not into the old timey or vintage look stick to shops like Manhattan Finds, Pib’s Exchange, and Uptown Cheapskate for more up to date looks. Shops like those concentrate on more trendy items that are fresh rather than classic or vintage. Also the DI gets a fresh selection of clothing practically every day so there’s plenty of opportunity to find a look that’s still on trend.
There you have it! Shopping secondhand is one of the best ways you make your up wardrobe green AND stay stylish. So avoid the fast fashion urge and go out there and have a style adventure!