How To Thrift The Perfect Formal Dress

Graduation and wedding season is upon us! I’m always in awe of the amount of secondhand formal dresses I see when I’m thrifting. Because we tend to usually wear them a handful of times, they are usually in new or like new condition at the thrift store. If you’re hoping to save money on something you’ll only wear a few times or you’re looking for a more sustainable approach to shopping, here are some tips to help you thrift your next secondhand formal dress.

Start Shopping Weeks in Advance

If you have a specific event or occasion coming up, start your thrift shopping early to give yourself plenty of time to find the perfect dress.

Narrow Down Your Style Selection

Are you interested in a mini dress? Vintage silk? Or maybe a big puffy dress! Before you head to the thrift store, do some research to get an idea of the styles, fabrics, and brands you’re interested in. Of course, always leave room for flexibility and the thrill of the hunt, however narrowing your down your “dos and donts” will help you stay focused and save time.

Be Open To Professional Tailoring

Many people will pass on their dream dress because it needs minor alterations such as hemming. Professional tailoring is always a great option to consider, especially if you’re scoring a great deal on the secondhand dress. Tailoring is great for dresses that are versatile enough to wear to several occasions or for major purchase like a wedding gown.

Try it On

It’s important to try on formal dresses before purchasing, as sizes can vary widely and you want to make sure it fits well. Don’t be afraid to try on different styles and colors to find the perfect dress for you. If your thrift store doesn’t have fitting rooms, be sure to wear to a simple base like a tank and leggings so you can try on over your clothes.

Make it an Adventure

Keep an open mind and don’t be afraid to try on dresses that may not be your usual style or color. You may be surprised by how great it looks on you.

Don’t Forget Accessories

Thrift stores often have a selection of veils, shoes, and other accessories that can complete your look.

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