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How to Acquire a Unique Wardrobe

Do you know how to shop effectively?

Florence Eischen, SMA Life Department Writer

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Finding fun clothes can be both expensive and time consuming. Many stores carry only basic garments. Who wants to be wearing the exact same shirt as every other girl at school? Here are three tips on how to find stylish pieces that will set you apart (in a good way!) and won’t break the bank.

1) Hunt through thrift stores!

A few of my go-to shops are Buffalo Exchange, Red Light, Crossroads, and Goodwill. I’ve had great luck discovering glitter-covered Oxford shoes, cozy sweaters, and antique brooches, all for under $20! You can too, if you know how to shop effectively. For some tips on how to get the most out of your thrifting experience, click here. You can also take your unwanted clothes to re-sell stores like these and receive cash or store credit. Just make sure everything is in good shape or they may refuse to take it.

2) Friends and family are a great source of unique clothing!

Perhaps your grandma (like mine) has impeccable taste in patterned statement coats and velvet pants and happens to be cleaning out her closet. Ask if you can peruse through her Goodwill-bound piles and snag a few things. Another idea is to have a clothing swap with a group of friends. Everyone can get new clothes for free! Many students are also selling their used clothes on social media. A button down or vintage band tee may be only $5 from someone at SMA. See if any of your friends have these accounts and you can have clothes delivered to you at school!

 

3) Reinvent clothing that you already have!

You can find DIY projects for all experience levels. A hot glue gun can often be subbed for a sewing machine if need be. Try replacing the buttons on a coat with cute new ones for an interesting flare. Brightly colored pom poms can easily make an old sweater look new and trendy! Search YouTube or Pinterest to find fun projects that you can do right now, like this lace insert tee! 

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