I thrifted every outfit I wore to New York Fashion Week from Goodwill. Here’s what I wore.

This year, when I was asked to cover New York Fashion Week, the first thing I thought was, “What am I going to wear?” I like how designers dress and how celebrities dress, but most people wouldn’t say that my closet is ready for the runway. Instead, it’s mostly made up of used items from thrift stores near me that fit my style, which I joke about calling “Hot Topic chic.”

I had also never been to New York Fashion Week. I didn’t know what to think. But I did know that style is all about how you express yourself. So, keeping that in mind, I closed all the tabs I had open for online shopping and went to Goodwill.

As I parked my car in front of Goodwill, I told myself I wouldn’t worry, even though my first event wasn’t for three days. I thought I’d quickly look in their dress section and go to Nordstrom if I didn’t find what I needed.

Thrifting was risky, with no guarantee I’d find outfits fit for NYFW

I was lucky, though. I pulled a navy mesh dress from a crowded rack almost right away. It had a star and moon pattern that sparkled, and I thought that the layered look could be easily dressed up with heels and jewellery.

The dress was original $40 from H&M, but I got it for $8 and wore it to cover the annual Fashion Media Awards red carpet for The Daily Front Row. Next, I found a little black dress with lace on top that fit my everyday style perfectly. So I decided to wear it to the 20th-anniversary runway show for Pamella Roland.

Again, I bought the dress for $8, and I wore chunky sandals, layered silver jewellery, and smokey eye makeup that I already had. The next day, I went to a panel about Stella McCartney. I decided to wear the best dress I could find at Goodwill. I saw an $8 satin dress with an orange zebra print while I was looking through the racks.

I liked its unique look right away, but I was even happier when I saw that it was brand new and still had the $128 price tag from Anthropologie on it. I needed just one more outfit to go to Selkie’s fashion show. The brand is known for its fluffy skirts, short minidresses, and pastel colours, so I was looking for something that fits that style.

I loved every dress I wore and felt truly confident in my style

By accident, I found a baby pink mini dress. It had thick straps and a layered skirt. It was originally $56 at Francesca’s, but I bought it at Goodwill for only $8. And the dress, which I wore with silver jewellery and sandals, worked even better than I had hoped. I ended up having the same furniture as the show. Before I went to my first NYFW event, I knew I’d probably be the only one in the room wearing something I bought at a thrift store. But that didn’t bother me at all.

I’ve never been one to spend a lot on designer clothes or follow the latest trends just because they’re popular, so it wouldn’t have been honest of me to start now. I save a lot of money, which is a big part of my life. Almost all of my clothes come from thrift stores because I want to be better for the environment and my wallet. Why wouldn’t I keep doing that during Fashion Week?

At the end of the day, I might not have had the bag of the season or a dress right off the runway when I went to NYFW. But I don’t think either of those things would have been more popular in 2022 than saving money, helping the environment, or being myself.


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