“I have a fun new feature to tell you about! We are partnering with Too Cheap Blondes to bring you Thrifty Thursdays! How it works … You send me photos of outfits you like, but maybe can’t afford. The thrifty fashionistas are going to recreate your outfits from the thrift store!”  –Patricia Lopez ABC13

JCREW linen jacket $9.99 at Houston Goodwill

JCREW linen jacket $9.99 at Houston Goodwill

J. Crew linen jacket – $9.99 from Goodwill
Cynthia Rowley t-shirt – $4.99 from Goodwill
True Religion jeans – $14.99 from Goodwill
Italian Leather Handbag – $2 from Family Thrift
Silver filigree bracelet – $4 from Assistance League Conroe
Total: $35.97

We found this trenchcoat for $2!

We found this trenchcoat for $2!

London Fog Coat – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
Italian Leather Purse – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
Total: $4

Easy makeover on this thrift store find!

Easy makeover on this thrift store find!

This is our kind of makeover … scissors, tape and 3 minutes!  We found this London Fog Trench Coat at the Family Thrift Outlet for $2, cut off the sleeves, taped the seams up, so easy!

 

We might make this look easy but some of these looks are quite challenging and as you can see we do not always hit the mark.

When trying to recreate an outfit, it does not need to be a perfect match here are a few of our TIPS:

  • If you can’t copy the entire outfit, take out one or two pieces to match the look, start with color and shape.
  • Try to keep the elements the same.
  • Shop your own closet first.
  • Be creative and improvise!
We were not successful in recreating this outfit!

We were not successful in recreating this outfit!

Here you can see that you can use the same color necklace, not an exact copy, to recreate a similar look:

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If you have a look you’d like for us to recreate, send it to  Patricia Lopez’s Facebook page!

Do you like to recreate outfits?  What is your favorite source of inspiration?

Any tips that you would like to share with us?

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ABC 13 (Patricia Lopez) Thrifty Thursdays with Too Cheap Blondes

Jen and I were super excited to recreate some of the looks that readers submitted to Patricia Lopez this past week for our inaugural installment of “Thrifty Thursdays with Too Cheap Blondes!”

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“I have a fun new feature to tell you about! We are partnering with Too Cheap Blondes to bring you Thrifty Thursdays! How it works … You send me photos of outfits you like, but maybe can’t afford. The thrifty fashionistas are going to recreate your outfits from the thrift store!”  –Patricial Lopez

Here is ABC 13 Patricia Lopez’s Facebook page where you can submit pictures of outfits that you want us to recreate from a thrift store!

Submit your photo's to ABC13 - Patricia Lopez

Submit your photo’s to ABC 13 – Patricia Lopez

Here is our first recreation:

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Irish knit sweater - $2 from Family Thrift Outlet White Citizens of Humanity denim - $7.99 from Goodwill Authentic Gucci purse - $29.99 from Goodwill New with tags Jessica Simpson ombre leather boots - $24.99 from Goodwill We completed the look with a long sleeve white t-shirt and leopard scarf that we already had in our closet. Total: $64.97

Irish knit sweater – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
White Citizens of Humanity denim – $7.99 from Goodwill
Authentic Gucci purse – $29.99 from Goodwill
New with tags Jessica Simpson ombre leather boots – $24.99 from Goodwill
We completed the look with a long sleeve white t-shirt and leopard scarf that we already had in our closet.
Total: $64.97

 

  • Irish knit sweater – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
  • White Citizens of Humanity denim – $7.99 from Goodwill
  • Authentic Gucci purse – $29.99 from Goodwill
  • New with tags Jessica Simpson ombre leather boots – $24.99 from Goodwill
With this outfit as our inspiration we couldn't quite find the exact scarf so being innovative we took 2 scarves, with similar colors, and twisted them together to create the same look. J. Crew jacket - $2 from Family Thrift Outlet Anne Fontaine tank - $2 from Family Thrift Outlet Scarves - $2.99 from Goodwill David Kahn jeans - $20 from Blue Bird Thrift Store Manuela Mendoza shoes - $9.99 from Goodwill Italian black leather purse - $2 from Family Thrift Outlet Total: $38.98

With this outfit as our inspiration, we couldn’t quite find the exact scarf.  Being innovative, we took 2 scarves, with similar colors, and twisted them together to create the same look.
J. Crew jacket – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
Anne Fontaine tank – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
Scarves – $2.99 from Goodwill
David Kahn jeans – $20 from Blue Bird Thrift Store
Manuela Mendoza shoes – $9.99 from Goodwill
Italian black leather purse – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
Total: $38.98

With this outfit as our inspiration we couldn’t quite find the exact scarf so being innovative we took 2 scarves, with similar colors, and twisted them together to create the same look.

  • J. Crew jacket – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
  • Anne Fontaine tank – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
  • Scarves – $2.99 from Goodwill
  • David Kahn jeans – $20 from Blue Bird Thrift Store
  • Manuela Mendoza shoes – $9.99 from Goodwill
  • Italian black leather purse – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet

Total: $38.98

Anthropologie jacket - $9.99 from Goodwill Craig Taylor blouse - $2 from Family Thrift Outlet Gold tank - $2 from Family Thrift Outlet All Saints jeans - $7.99 from Goodwill Prada booties - $9.99 from Goodwill We added a necklace that was already in our closet to complete this look! Total: $31.97

Anthropologie jacket – $9.99 from Goodwill
Craig Taylor blouse – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
Gold tank – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
All Saints jeans – $7.99 from Goodwill
Prada booties – $9.99 from Goodwill
We added a necklace that was already in our closet to complete this look!
Total: $31.97

  • Anthropologie jacket – $9.99 from Goodwill
  • Craig Taylor blouse – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
  • Gold tank – $2 from Family Thrift Outlet
  • All Saints jeans – $7.99 from Goodwill
  • Prada booties – $9.99 from Goodwill

We added a necklace that was already in our closet to complete this look!
Total: $31.97

Here is what might be the most shocking about what we have pictured, all of the items that we used we already had in our closet, all thrifted of course!    We are a broken record regarding our  “11 BEST Tips for Thrift Store Shopping”…they work!   Shop for basics, look for individual pieces, do NOT focus on putting together an outfit, thrifting takes time and do not pay for than 10% of retail price.  It’s unrealistic to think that you’re going to walk into a thrift store and find the perfect pieces for an outfit, all in your size, in one trip…it just rarely happens that way.  Work on building your wardrobe with basic pieces. rather than shop for outfits, we happened to have all of the individual pieces that each of these looks required already in our closets.  If you study the outfits, they’re all made up of basics (solid blazers, skinny jeans (white, black and blue), sparkly tank, basic white tees) with the exceptions of a few pieces (scarves and shoes).

Do you have a favorite outfit?  #1, #2 or #3?

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