Thrifting outside of our Comfort Zone

One of my favorite things about shopping secondhand is that it allows me to curate a style and wardrobe that is uniquely my own. Through trial and some terrifying errors, I’ve developed a routine of wearing a “uniform” of sorts, or a signature look of saturated colors, bold prints, and textures. There’s comfort and convenience in knowing what you like. However, I also believe it’s important to leave room for flexibility, creativity, and growth in my style evolution. 

This month’s 12 Months of Thrifting theme is to thrift or try something that you would consider to be outside of your comfort zone. For me, it’s making the shift to a more casual, comfortable wardrobe. 

Ready to try something new in your home or wardrobe? I got you. I’ve put together a few tips to show you how to expand your thrift comfort zone. 

  • Go thrifting! Places like Goodwill Akron are the ultimate destination for exploring sustainable styles and trends outside of your comfort zone without breaking the bank.
  • Switch up your thrift routine. Many of us tend to have a routine as soon as we walk into a Goodwill. For me, I beeline to the dresses because I’m drawn to pretty prints and fun fabrics. However, my work-from-home, casual lifestyle calls for comfortable, everyday pieces. So instead of starting in the dresses department, I’m making more of an effort to step outside of my comfort zone and browse sweatshirts and athletic wear at Goodwill first – something I rarely do and is truly outside of my comfort zone.
  • Build around what you know and love. I got the hoodie from Goodwill. Now what? To get outside of my comfort zone, I need to figure out where I want to go. Now that I know I need to incorporate more practical and functional pieces into my wardrobe, I need to seek out inspiration that speaks to my personal taste and style. I recommend starting with things that already appeal to you and things that will work well with your existing wardrobe. For example, for me, I know that I want to wear more comfortable, practical pieces but not at the risk of losing my personal style completely. Instead, I’ll pair my comfortable hoodie with colors and silhouettes that I love, such as this plum-colored vintage blazer that I found at the Goodwill in Kent. Alternatively, if you aren’t sure what you like, seek out inspiration from Pinterest, Google, celebrity looks, or social media. Look for a pattern; what are you most drawn to? Colors? Silhouettes? Textures?
  • Start Small. I think the biggest mistake I’ve made when expanding my comfort zone is expecting the transition to happen over night. Practice makes perfect.
  • Make room for flexibility. Don’t be afraid to fail. Not everything we try will be a winner, and that’s totally ok. 

Stepping outside of your thrifty comfort zone this month? Share your finds and looks with us on Instagram using the tag #12MonthsofThrifting

Thanks, it’s Thrifted is a podcast about secondhand style and sustainable living hosted by two treasure-hunting friends, Dina & Shannon. Follow on Instagram @dinasdays and @thanksitsthrifted.pod. For more about the podcast visit dinasdays.com/podcast.

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