Jacket: Fred Meyer/Kroger
Vest: Old Navy
Shirt: Silk (thrifted)
Skirt: Anne Taylor (Thrifted)
Shoes: Report (Famous Footwear)
I love silk blouses and I love being able to find them at the thrift store for $5! I've gotten so much wear out of this blouse, the pattern is very soft and it is such a beautiful beige-champagne color, it works with patterned and colorful bottoms. The Easter egg skirt makes it's appearance again with a red belt and vest, but minus the sweater. (This skirt is another fantastic thrifting find, it's silk and has such an off-beat dot pattern, I can dress it up and down.)
If you are on a budget(like I am) thrifting really is the way to go. I've found thing that were normally far out of my price range, like the lovely Christian Dior skirt I thrifted around Christmas time, to items I normally would not have tried, like loose blouses. Thanks to thrifting, I've manged to build a closet with lovely, good quality clothes.
Thrifting can be scary if you are just starting out. It can be overwhelming and the first few times are sometimes discouraging. (I know they were for me, I had the hardest time when I first started thrifting.) When I go into a thrift store I have an idea of what I'm looking for, or I go to my favorite section. I like to shop skirts first, then I move to dresses and shirts. When shopping for tops rather than look through each one, I browse by color and feel, using my fingers to alert me to silk or other nice fabrics.
Thrift store are the place to buy nice brands! I love finding Talbots, Anne Taylor, J.Crew or Banana Republic since I know those brands will hold up well. I for the most part avoid Forever21 and Old Navy at the thrift store, just because they're usually not in good shape by then. (But this isn't a hard and fast rule, if you find something you really like and fits well and looks good, buy it regardless of brand. Weirdly, Merona for Target seems to be a brand that holds up well.) The thrift store are usually great for blazers as well, the majority of my blazers come from the thrift store or good ol' Sears.
ne thing I do have to keep in mind is don't get carried away. This is the retail trap, you find something so cheap you can't help but take it home and then never wear it. If you can't think of a couple different outfits to build around an item, don't buy it unless it is the best thing ever and you know you'll regret it.
The best advice I have for beginning thrifters is to jump right on in and to keep at it. Eventually you find amazing things for crazy prices and you end up with a closet full of beautiful clothes that you really love. Good luck!