How many times have you felt the supreme disappointment of finding the perfect piece at a thrift store, but then spotting the wrong size on the tag? For people who are petite, it can sometimes feel like there are zero pieces of clothing manufactured to properly fit their frame. Don’t lose hope, friends! We’ve got some great tips for you today that have led other small-framed shoppers to success at the thrift store. Ready?
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I have to start out with this inspiring compilation of suggestions from the blogger over at Collecting Labels. As an avid thrifter with a wayward wanderlust, she’s been through her share of second-hand racks. Here’s one of my favorite tips she presents: Use accessories to trick the eye making too-big items look like the perfect fit. She recommends using a belt to pull in a frumpy waist, adding height with heels to fill out a lengthy inseam, and popping a jacket or vest over a dress to hide its ill-fitting silhouette. Check out the rest of her list for more great ideas!
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But what do you do if you’re not a heels person and you just want those incredible jeans to fit? The good news is that you don’t have to learn to sew or shell out cash to a tailor when you decide hemming is the way to go. Embrace the fold and trust your abilities when you follow this easy no sew hem tutorial from Goodwill Industries of Greater New York and Northern New Jersey, Inc. (Astoria). I love the laid-back feel of folded denim and when the fold is small I think it can be fairly versatile. What do you think?
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If you do decide that you’re open to learning a few basic sewing skills in the name of better fitting fashion, try your hand at this darling DIY dress shared by Goodwill Industries of San Antonio on their Goodwill in your Closet pinboard. It started as two too-big shirts straight off the rack and with a little seam ripping and quick stitching, the two pieces became one totally unique (and perfectly resized) frock. This technique is brilliant because you don’t have to do a lot to it, but the end result can be exactly what you choose. Goodwill strengthens lives, families and communities so even if things go awry while you anxiously navigate your sewing machine, not all is lost! You’ve helped to support people within your community just by making a purchase and you’re trying something new, too. I’d call that a win-win and the cute new dress is just the cherry on top!
What are your favorite ways to shop for petite pieces in a thrift store setting? Since every find and every figure are different, the possibilities of second-hand shopping with a creative mindset are literally endless. Hopefully these ideas will help you add some exciting new attire to your closet no matter your size