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Celebrity Looks on a Thrift Store Budget with Marisa Lynch

Anyone can recreate a celebrity look on a thrift store budget by just keeping a few key ideas in mind when thrifting!

1. Thrift stores can be large and overwhelming, so have a photo of the celebrity or the celebrity look with you, be it a tear sheet from a magazine or a picture on your phone. Use that as inspiration when you’re trying to match the perfect blouse or dress pattern in a sea of racks and unsorted garments!


2. Just because you can’t find the same exact color dress, skirt, or shoes, doesn’t mean you can’t make it work! Take a white skirt and use RIT Dye to make it a shade of lavender like we did for the Madeleine Stowe lookalike piece. For the Ferragamo shoes that Emma Stone was wearing, we took Mod Podge and some houndstooth fabric and covered a pair of basic pointy-toed heels on our model.

3. Fit is key, however if you can find a gorgeous designer blazer at Goodwill that’s super cheap but a bit too big, it’s worth it to take it to a tailor to make it fit like a glove (or sew it yourself!). It will cost way less then if you found it brand new and in your size at Bloomie’s.


4. It’s really about getting the essence of the style of your favorite celeb, so if they’re showing a little more cleavage than you’d like to bare or you’d rather make a skirt shorter than the length they’re wearing it, totally go for it! For our Jennifer Aniston model, we paired the black vest with a camisole underneathinstead of exposing bra edging. You want to feel good and most importantly be comfortable in your garments while channeling their look.

We can all look red carpet ready on a non-A-list celebrity budget with just a little creativity! Read more from Marisa and her thrifting tricks on her blog, www.newdressaday.com or in her book out now, New Dress A Day: The Ultimate DIY Guide to Creating Fashion Dos from Thrift-Store Don’ts.


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