Fabuless Thrifter: Looking Fly on a Dime

Thursday, June 7, 2012

This week's Fabuless Thrifter is Patrice of Looking Fly on a Dime. Based in New-York City, Patrice's blog offers readers tips and tricks on how to look their best no matter their budget. She has appeared on the The Nate Berkus Show and is the Savvy Shopper Reporter for WPIX-TV.

If she had to choose her favorite place to thrift it would be the Housing Works Buy the Bag sales in Long Island City, New York. "The sale can be a bit competitive but when a thrift store offers a bag full of clothing for $20, it can get a bit heated!" she said. "I've managed to stuff up to 35 items in one bag, so individual pieces end up costing less than $1...this is where I go when I want serious bang for my thrifty buck."

She has been thrifting off and on for 10 years, but seriously started thrifting about 3 or 4 years ago. "The most exciting thing about thrift shopping is the treasure hunt aspect," she said. "When you walk in to a secondhand shop, you never know if you'll walk out with a designer piece that costs a few dollars or a one of a kind vintage garment. There are so many possibilities when it comes to thrifting." 

Her Fabuless Look: 
The dress and hat are from the Housing Works Buy the Bag sale: $2 total.
Broach: Miu Miu, $7 from Goodwill
Shoes: Michael Kors, $50 from DSW
Bracelets and ring: gifted
Purse: don't remember, but it was thrifted

Her favorite piece:
My favorite piece has to be the dress. Many people think thrift stores have outdated, crappy clothes but that's so not true. You can find tons of trendy pieces there. Polka dots are a huge trend and a halter style dress never goes out of style. Though it's a modern piece, it has such a vintage, glam feel to it. 

Her inspiration to wear this outfit:
I love wearing girly, flirty dresses that flatter my figure without showing off too much skin. The look's classy, chic and cool, which is always a good combo. This is my perfect brunch with the girls look. 

Her most "fabuless" find:
One of my fave, "fabuless" pieces would have to be a military style Theory jacket. The jacket was just $1 but originally retailed for a few hundred. This is what I call a thrift store score! 
What do you think of Patrice's fabuless look?
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  1. The dress is way dressier than the accessories she paired with it.

    The hat, brooch, sandals and the bracelets totally ruin her look and make it look junky.