Thrifting a cozy cardigan

This year we set out to thrift 12 essential items for our closet by following the 12 Months of Thrifting challenge.  We took it slow by thrifting a specific item each month so we can carefully build a thrifted wardrobe of functional clothing that we love and will actually wear.

Thriftspired by: Chrissy Teigen’s Maternity Style

The lack of stylish maternity clothing blows my mind. With the exception of the few pairs of great maternity pants I found for work,  I’ve had more luck squeezing into my old dresses and going up a size or two in shirts. I needed some evening maternity style inspiration and Chrissy Teigen’s all black look was fun to thrifticate.

Thriftspired by: Mindy Kaling in a Lemon Shirt

When life gives you lemons, you go to the thrift store.

I found this shirt at Goodwill last year for 75 cents after discounts. I never tried it on, assuming it wasn’t my size and tucked it away in my closet with the intention of posting it on eBay or Poshmark at some point. Rookie move.

Thriftspired by: Alexa Chung

My thriftication outfits are usually very intentional.  I’ll google or search for a specific item on Pinterest (ex. orange coat), and then try to make the look my own. This thriftspiration challenges me to think of creative ways to style my thrifted finds and keeps me from feeling bored with my wardrobe. This one, however was totally unplanned.

Thriftspired by: Sarah Jessica Parker

Between watching reruns of Sex and the City and new episodes of Divorce on HBO, my early 2000s style crush on Sarah Jessica Parker has been renewed. One of the main reasons I settled on this outfit after seeking some SJP style inspiration on Pinterest (other than the fact that it’s such an easy semi-casual look) is the faux velvet.

Thriftspired by: Ashley Graham

Thrifticating Ashley Graham’s look was as easy as $2 + $4 +$7!
This outfit was a head to toe thrifted look and affirms my love for black and brown together. I always spot leather skirts at the thrift store, similar to Ashley’s here but I opted for a more practical one for work and every day wear.

Thriftspired by: Olivia Palermo

I love seeking everyday, wearable outfits inspired by my favorite celebrity style crushes. It’s fun to challenge myself to find the pieces at the thrift store and mix them with pieces I already own.  It’s a great way to stay focused and have a specific purpose when you’re shopping secondhand.

Thriftspired by: Rihanna 70s Vibes

Faux shearling made a pretty huge comeback this fall and winter and I’m totally digging these 70s vibes.  I picked this coat up knowing it had potential but not quite sure if I could pull it off, but knew I’d figure it out because at 75 cents it had to go home with me.

Thriftspired: Taylor Swift Mustard Cardigan


I’ve had this sweater for many years and I’m always amazed by the many ways I can wear it. I decided to search for “mustard yellow sweater” on Google one day and Taylor Swift’s picture automatically came up. It inspired me to wear the cardigan with my $5 Old Navy burgundy tank. I love how these colors match nature’s fall hues.

Thriftspired by Jessica Alba

I’m usually deliberate with my thrift replications, meaning I’ll search for a specific item on Pinterest or Google for inspiration. With this one, I happened to come across this picture of Jessica Alba and realized that I already owned a sweater very similar to hers that I got at Goodwill for $3. I have a huge style crush on Jessica Alba so it was a win-win for me.