Back to Basics

from thrifty to fashionista to recessionista

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Back to Basics

First I was thrifty, then I became a fashionista – now there’s no choice but to be a recessionista

-Megan Southwick

Thrift storeAll through high school, I was outfitted by a very exclusive little boutique known as…Goodwill. I had a knack for sussing out the cool pieces before anyone else could – 25 cent vintage Levi’s? Mine. Already broken-in Doc Martens? Mine. Knockoff Chanel coat? DEFINITELY mine. Back then, I shopped at Goodwill because I literally had no choice.

As I grew up, and made more money, my tastes grew, and I went from thrift shopper to true boutique shopper – willing to drop a pretty penny for a pair of Fleuvogs, Hermes scarf or a Chloe shift. And I certainly wasn’t alone!

With the economy in the toilet, however – many of us self-proclaimed fashionistas have done a stone-cold three-point turn, right in the middle of the runway, and are bee-lining straight back to our roots.

–We are no longer big spenders, credit-card runner-uppers, shopping-spree-ers.

–We are now recessionistas.

–We are re-soling our Choos instead of buying new ones.

–We’re joining Stitch n Bitch groups instead of buying that new Burberry scarf.

–We’re detoxing instead of Botoxing.

–We’re buying Tar-jhay, instead of Hermes.

You can find us in the aisles at Kohl’s, TJ Maxx, Filene’s and Marshall’s — and you’ll definitely find me back in line at my Goodwill, Levi’s in hand, plus whatever other treasures I happened to find.

After all, why should I let a little thing like a tanking economy get in the way of my wardrobe?

Want to know how it’s done? Here are three easy ways to get your fashion on without letting anyone know your recession-roots are showing:

1. Make the most of your accessories. Scarves, belts, tights – all of these can be used to create different looks out of the same basic pieces of clothing. Hit up stores like H&M or Forever 21 for ultra cheap but ultra chic accessories.

2. Wear last year’s jeans. For goodness sake – do NOT drop another $200 on a pair of jeans that you really don’t need. You don’t need the high-waisted jeans. They aren’t going to look good, and they are going to be out of style in a few months anyway.

3. Shop vintage and second hand. You’ll score coats, cardis, shoes, jewelry – you name it, it’s there. There are some really amazing finds to be had – even high-end labels can be found among the racks of polyester, so it can be worth the time it takes to look.

What about you? Are you still splurging or have you also gone recessionista? What are your tips and tricks for staying stylish during this recession?

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