You don’t have to break the bank just to look fashionable; cheap doesn’t mean ugly, and expensive doesn’t mean fashionable.
A common misconception people have about ukay-ukay is that they might contain disease carrying bacteria. Wrong. With proper washing and right inspection of the garment, you might cop a 20 peso one of a kind piece. Or if you’re a lucky girl, you might just get that 5 peso top! If you haven’t tried thrifting before, here are 5 steps to get the best haul.
Find your style
Match your style to your personality; let yourself speak through your clothes. Are you more of a laid-back chic or a vintage tita living in a millennial world? Find what speaks to you and fits you best. Be quirky and creative.
Search for inspirations
People weren’t kidding about the hashtag #OOTDInspo. The Internet is your friend, it can provide you a wide array of choices that could be part of your wardrobe.
Scan your turf
Best finds are usually found near you. Search your area for any thrift stores nearby and start your hunt. If you want to immerse yourself in a wider selection then you can visit Anonas Mall. If you’re a South girl, no worries, you can visit the one in Tagaytay.
Find the cheaper version of everything
Wanna rock that PHP 5,000 leather jacket you saw on the internet? Worry no more. Thrifting is called thrifting for a reason. You find cheap goods that are as good as new. In addition to that, you can find pieces that are not usually found in the mall. But do not forget to check the garment thoroughly—search for stains that are not washable, tears, and other defects.
Play with your pieces
Invest on versatile pieces that you could wear repeatedly without looking the same. Create your own mix and match. Just be creative and confidently rock that outfit with a smile.
Remember, with these tips, you can make any 20-peso outfit look like it came straight out of Paris Fashion Week. Thrift away!
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