Fall Thrift Store Finds

Another Saturday at FIT has come and gone. I cannot believe that it has already been six weeks since classes began! I’ve learned so much and have gotten to meet so many interesting, passionate people. The people I’ve met have inspired me to wear whatever I would like. This week, we learned more about the history of fashion and we got to take a field trip to 34th street. On 34th street, my classmates and I admired the holiday window displays and took pictures of our favorite clothes in some stores like Forever 21 and Zara. This didn’t feel like learning at all! However, we learned a lot about merchandising, fast fashion, and how trends from the past almost always come back.

When a trend comes back from a past decade, it’s not always longterm. This is exactly why thrift stores are necessary! Shopping at a thrift store for current trends saves you money because the clothes there are so much cheaper than your favorite retailer and you don’t want to invest in something you might not wear in a few months because it went out of style. After class or when I have free time, I love to go shopping at thrift stores. I always find clothes that fit my personal style better than what most retailers have to offer and the pieces there are unique. Within the last few weeks, I went shopping at a few thrift stores to update my wardrobe and I had so much fun! This hunt was successful, so I’m going to share my finds with you.

Polyester Blouse

Polyester Blouse

Polyester Blouse

This blouse is one of my absolute favorite pieces I found! I love its silky look and it is very similar to Harry Styles’ Gucci blouse that he wore in the latest One Direction music video for their new song Perfect. I think this shirt would go very well with a pair of high waisted black jeans and some chelsea boots!

Black & White Knit Turtleneck

Black & White Knit Turtleneck

Black & White Knit Turtleneck

This cozy turtleneck is perfect for a cold, autumn morning in New York. I plan on wearing this with a denim skirt or a pair of jeans with white sneakers. 

Avenue Blues Denim Shirt

Avenue Blues Denim Shirt

Avenue Blues Denim Shirt

I’m so happy I found a denim shirt that is perfect for layering! I love the dark wash and how it isn’t thick enough to be a jacket. I think this would go perfect with some black pants and a scarf for a simple fall look.

Cotton High Waisted Jeans

Cotton High Waisted Jeans

Cotton High Waisted Jeans

These jeans are so comfortable and authentic looking compared to your classic, stiff denim. I could work these into any outfit, but I’ll probably end up pairing them with a cardigan, a crop top, and my chelsea boots with a statement sock.

Black Light Jacket

Black Menswear Inspired Jacket

Light Black Jacket

This menswear inspired jacket is perfect for layering this fall. Its serious tone could dress up any outfit and is perfect for cold nights. I would also wear this in a casual situation to change up my usual style.

Velvet Button Up Cardigan

Velvet Button Up Cardigan

Velvet Button Up Cardigan

I’ve recently been seeing so much velvet in stores lately, so I thought I would try it out with this cardigan. This is another piece that could instantly make an outfit more formal.

Black Turtleneck

Black Turtleneck

Black Turtleneck

A black turtleneck is absolutely essential for me in cold weather. There’s something about this simple shirt that can make you look more sophisticated when you wear it. A piece like this can be worked into almost any outfit.

Black Knit Sweater

Black Knit Sweater

Black Knit Sweater

A black sweater is also an essential for my closet! I actually found this one in the men’s section of the store, which is one of my favorite places to look for sweaters. This basic can be worn on any occasion.


 

All of the clothes I’ve bought I plan on wearing to class at FIT this month. I love experimenting with my outfits when getting dressed to go to New York because no one cares about what you wear or what brands you’re wearing. This is definitely true at FIT, but it’s also true for the entire city. I may sound like Carrie Bradshaw, but New York City lets you be whoever you want to be, so don’t be afraid to be yourself.

What’s your favorite thing you’ve bought at a thrift store? I would love to know, so feel free to comment.

Have a great week everyone!

Kenzie Davis

My Commute May Be Long, But TOTALLY Worth It

Life since starting Precollege classes at FIT has been incredibly exciting. I find myself always being busy, which is not bad at all. The idea of going to New York City every Saturday motivates me to work harder during the school week and to not procrastinate on my homework. I’m learning so much about fashion trends and how they are created. Finally learning about an industry I’m passionate about inspires me to work harder so I can learn even more. My classmates and I are becoming friends, which is making class even better. My experience so far at FIT has been everything I could ever ask for.

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Grand Central

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The View Coming Out Of Penn Station

I live in Connecticut, so I have to commute in early every saturday for class. The train ride is about an hour and a half, but I don’t mind it at all.  I arrive at Grand Central around 7:45 in the morning. No matter how many times I’ve been there, Grand Central is still one of my favorite places to be in New York. The architecture is absolutely beautiful. To get to FIT, I either take the 7 to Penn Station and walk from there or I take the shuttle to Times Square and then switch to the 1 there. Using the subway by myself used to be daunting, but now it’s easy and feels normal. When it’s that early on a Saturday morning, New York has a strange, comforting calmness about it. Everyone is just waking up and the day is only beginning.The sidewalks are close to empty compared to the regular chaos during the rest of the day. I have quite a bit of time before class begins, so I usually walk to Whole Foods that is only blocks away from FIT. Going to a grocery store for breakfast gives me so many options of food to eat rather than just going to Starbucks or Panera. This morning, I chose some fruit and a bottle of chocolate almond milk. I walk back to FIT and eat my breakfast until it’s time to go to class.

Right now in class we’re learning about how fashion trends are forecasted and working on our history of fashion projects. My classmates and I each chose a decade of fashion to study and create a presentation about. I love the 1980s and its culture as a whole, so that was the decade I chose. We went to visit the FIT library to look at magazines published in each of our eras and it was so interesting to see how publications have evolved over time. We also visited the Fashion Underground: The World of Susanne Bartsch exhibit at the end of class. All of the clothes featured were so intricately designed and entertaining. It was great inspiration for my project. My classes have never been boring. Learning at FIT is so much fun!

Until Next Week
Kenzie Davis