I believe fashion is a way to express how unique each of us is. Sometimes though, I find myself comparing myself to other women. I have found myself thinking too much about who has the newest..... fill in the blank. When I do this, it's never something that builds me up or gives me freedom. I'm all for beautiful, designer clothing if they are quality and you love the style. But I don't buy into buying a brand just because of the brand. That makes me buy into the comparison game.
Brands can put so much pressure on you to fit a certain image, and our society definitely plays into that. I am passionate about fashion, but I want to have it express who I am without falling into the pitfalls of the comparison game that often happens in the fashion world. If you love a piece of clothing, and you found it in a retail store then wonderful! But if you found it at a thrift store, then that's just as great! (if not better because you probably got a great deal!)
I love to thrift. Minneapolis has a variety of thrift store to suit your style. My favorite place to thrift in the Minneapolis area is by far Arc's Value Village. There are a few in the area, but my favorite is the one on Brooklyn Blvd. Here are some pieces that I found at Arc.
Note: I know many fashion bloggers include links to their outfits. I will do my best to link the most similar items I can find to the thrifted pieces. I will link new pieces that I buy from non-thrift shops as well. I know that when I'm reading other fashion blogs, I often use their outfits as inspiration. I hope that this blog will inspire your fashion sense. Even more than that, I hope that it encourages you to love yourself more and not compare yourself to society's view of beauty. I know I'm on that journey too.
Jeans: Level 99 Jeans
Sweater: Calvin Klein (thrifted from Arc)
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Shoes: Vans (white) https://www.journeys.com/product/301158
Michael Kors (black boots):
Jean Jacket: Levi's (thrifted from arc)
90's Skirt: thrifted from Unique thrift store
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