I’m having so much fun with the #12MonthsofThrifting challenge. Not only has it been fun to engage with fellow thrifters, but this challenge has helped me focus on practical pieces more than ever before. #12MonthsofThrifting is designed to help you build a thrifted wardrobe, piece-by-piece over the upcoming year. Each prompt represents a staple item you can wear for seasons to come. In January, we set out to thrift a cozy sweater from Goodwill Akron. In February, I shared my favorite tips to thrift a striped shirt, and in March it’s all about thrifting a black or navy blazer.
Here’s how I wore a $4 Madewell blazer from ThredUp four ways:
|Black blazer for work: Target pants, thrifted shoes, thrifted shirt.|
|Black blazer for work or any semi-casual event: Old Navy dress, Kohl’s boots, Pretty Polly tights,|
|Black blazer for night out: Sequin tank thrifted, Target jeans, thrifted boots.|
|Black blazer for weekend: thrifted tee, Target jeans, thrifted shoes|
Four reasons why I include a blazer in my top 12 essential pieces
- Blazers elevate any look from leggings to a suit
- They require minimal thought or effort when getting dressed in the morning
- They are timeless and therefore readily available at any thrift store
- Blazers are really great to have on hand for any occasion
My go-to tips to find the best blazer at the thrift store:
- Find out how your store organizes blazers. Some places stick them with jackets and outerwear, others with suits, or they will be in a section on their own. Blazers have a designated section at Goodwill Akron stores.
- Stay focused and pick a simple, structured, and classic style first. It’s very easy to get distracted by cute vintage styles, funky colors, boxy boyfriend styles, or cool embellishments (trust me, all of those are my weaknesses). These styles are great, but you won’t get much wear out of them. Maybe incorporate one of those into your wardrobe later on, but for now focus on buying an essential, practical blazer in black or navy.
- Look for an all-season blazer. I like the ones with a little stretch. There are several beautiful wool blazers at the thrift store but those limit you because you can only wear them in cooler temps.
- Don’t be afraid to get them altered. It’s important that your blazer fits well. It’s supposed to hug you in all the right places. You don’t want one that droops too much in the bust, but you also don’t want it to be too tight. When you try it on, hug yourself to make sure you have enough room to move around or act like you’re driving because nothing is worse than wearing a tight jacket behind the wheel. If you find one you absolutely love at a great price, buy it and research your local tailor to see how much they’d charge for minor alterations. Thrifting an all-season blazer for say, $20 after alterations is an excellent deal.
- Look for durable and trusted brands. I’m no label hunter but do believe in a good quality piece. Durability is so important when it comes to something you’re going to wear all the time. Skip out on the fast fashion brands and stick to ones that are known for durability.
- Forget the fashion “rules.” I like to keep my blazers open, I also like to roll up my sleeves or fold the hems. I mix and match blazers with different textures and prints. I always check the suit section to see if I can a nice blazer that’s part of a two-piece suit that can be worn on its own. Do what makes you feel comfortable.
Don’t forget to share your thrifted blazers this month for chance to be featured on Dina’s Days and Goodwill blogs.