Clothing from the 80s and 90s
I know that piece of advice sounds completely outrageous when the purpose of this post is to guide the curvy girl to the right corner of the thrift store, but it doesn't always work that way. When it comes to retro, vintage, and older clothing, sizes are hardly ever accurate. I own a number of maxi skirts that read a size four times bigger than me and fit me perfectly, but then I sold a skirt at the market that was my "size" but wouldn't go past my thigh. However, with that being, said, many of the items carried at the thrift store are on average 20-30 years old (at least from my experience at the local Akron thrift stores). More often than not you're going to be rummaging through blazers, sweaters, dresses, and skirts from the1980s and 90s. Clothing from these decades were mostly boxy and over sized ( think of suits from the 80s) so you are more than likely going to find items that are already looser or have a larger style. If you like something, try it on. Unless it's clearly not your size, try it on and see how it fits.
Above: I found a "plus" blazer and layered with a plaid button down from the men's section. Because this look is very masculine, I'd wear a very feminine necklace or accessories with it.
This is my thrifting secret. You think I have time to go through every item on the rack? Who does? I browse and wait for the right texture to catch my eye. It could be a silky top, an embellished jacket, or a beautiful print on a skirt. This tip goes for any thrifter, at any size.
For the office: Wool lined skirt with a cream blouse. This top was from the plus section and the skirt from the women's skirt section.
In a nutshell, here's where I recommend you start:
Blazers: blazers are great for fall for many reasons. There is absolutely no shortage of blazers at the thrift store.
Men's button down rack: is great for plaid flannel shirts. Layer with blazers or with other button downs for the coziest fall look!
Plus size rack: most thrift stores have a plus size rack, but certainly don't limit yourself there
Accessories From faux pearl strands to chain necklaces to silk scarves, the accessory counter is one you don't want to forget to visit. Look for pieces that make a huge statement, like a layered necklace or heavy gold clip on earrings. Take them home and start putting them together with things you already own. If it's overwhelming at first, just pull out your solid pieces like a black sweater or a white t-shirt and start there. Accessorizing solid pieces never goes out of style in my book!
Sorry about the crappy iPhone photos, these are just some looks I put together at the thrift store to give you some inspiration while thrifting. The possibilities are endless!