Back to school isn’t just for kids; teachers want to look their best too. It can be easy, fun and inexpensive. This year, incorporate local thrift and consignment stores into your back-to-school shopping. You don’t have to spend a lot of money for high quality clothing!
The McKinney Goodwill, The Samaritan Inn — INN Style Retail Store and Plaza Thrift have brands like Banana Republic, Ann Taylor and J. Crew for less than $5. Plan to go on a day when you’re up for a hunt. It’s important to look through every item to discover the hidden gems.
Look incredible and save big on back to school styles! As you shop, be sure to give unknown brands a chance. No one else knows who made that great find, and the ability to pair thrifted pieces with more expensive items shows off your savvy style.
Look for colored and printed skirts and pants to add variety into your closet. Pair them with a subtle texture, like this sweater, for an outfit with great visual interest.
Bold accessories can be picked up at a fraction of the cost of new pieces.
Local resale shops like Plato’s Closet and The Clothes Mentor are great places to look for unique patterned and detailed tops. They’re also perfect for designer denim on a dime, with brands like Miss Me, Joe Fresh, 7 for All Mankind and more. For the perfect boyfriend-style jeans, choose a skinny or boot-cut pair a few sizes above your norm.
TIP: Find a piece you love that’s a little too big? Take it to a local tailor and have it fitted. You’ll spend less than you would on a brand new item, and it will look expensive because it fits you perfectly.
About the author: Caitlin Skidmore lives in McKinney with her husband, dog and a closet-full of thrift and consignment pieces. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.