The Number One Rule Of Thrifting Clothes

thrifting clothes secondhand shopping tips advice how toWhen it comes to thrifting clothes; the best, and often most overused advice is to always shop in every section. But why?

Because not only can you sometimes find gems slipped into the wrong section, but you can also turn up clothes that fit you despite the size on the tag. (Nobody is going to see that except you!)

This method benefited me when I was plus size in a way I never expected. Any time you go through a weight fluctuation, it can be a pain to keep your wardrobe updated. But because of my stealthy shopping skills, I was able to buy from womens, mens, plus size, and childrens simply by by keeping an eye out for size friendly garments.

Today I’m gonna highlight some of my best buys and tell you how I rocked them plus size and now as a not-plus-sized lady, plus give you tips on how to score them yourself!


Buying vintage is a no-brainer for me. The sizing can be a little tricky if you go back too far because the bigger the number, the smaller the garment.

This ’60s shift dress makes the cut because it’s shape is meant to be wide. Some might argue it needs to be belted but I think that takes away from it’s design. But to each his own!

I also like to pick up dresses/skirts with elastic waist bands and items with lots of flair and excess fabric.
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A vest is basically a piece of fabric that just drapes over your shoulders. How stupidly simple!

My favorite designs are those from the late ’80s-early ’90s. The styles were generously cut to have an oversized fit. This plaid one I’m wearing is a size small (and I was not, nor am I now, a size small)!

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If you aren’t already wearing dresses then what are you even doing with your life?!

This striped little number is made of a soft, stretchy fabric and you might be surprised to know that it’s a 2X, but the material makes it magically conform to my shape no matter what size I am.

Always thrift dresses with stretch. I really can’t stress that enough. I swear you will have those dresses for life!

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No matter who you are, you probably have a secret (or not so secret) stash of t-shirts. They’re cheap, easy to style, and look good on the fly.

My trick to pulling off tees that are too small is to layer with them. Tuck them into skirts, wear them under dresses, button up a cardigan over them. The styling ideas are endless!

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Now you know just about as much as I know when it comes to thrifting clothes. I’d love to hear how this rule has helped you. Let me know in the comments below!

(Sidenote: Please don’t leave me comments about my weight. It’s old news and I’ve heard it all before. Thank you for respecting my wishes!)


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  • Crissy

    Seriously the best post. I’ve gotten clothes in about every size.. and you really have to look in all sections. Not only are some pieces in the wrong section.. some people hide it! lol

  • Alyssa

    My closet is full of extra smalls, smalls, mediums, larges, extra large and even some that don’t even have sizes!

    Running Alyssa

  • Beth Lockhart

    I found a pair of turquoise Michael Kors pants in the mens section. They were womens and in my size. I look in all sections and even the mens clothes. I agree that sometimes people hide the best stuff. The is was a great post! You are the thrif-master haha

  • LOVE how you styles all the outfits- super versatile pieces that you can style multiple ways are so crucial in any closet!
    xo, Ingrid

  • I’ve tried the whole hiding clothes thing and it never works out for me. People are just too clever at thrift stores! haha

  • Score of the year, Beth!!

  • I found the most perfect vest in a thrift store recently and really want to go back and buy it! Also I just love your hair style/cut! I have natural curls too and I’m thinking about cutting mine shorter like yours is in these shots.

  • Lyndsey M

    Girl I love this post- you’re a style and thrifting mastermind! I’m always tempted to get one good tshirt everytime I go thrifting, but I can’t get myself to spend $5.25 on a used tee. Sigh. Maybe well have a Goodwill Dollar day eventually!

  • Love how you flipped each outfit to make them work then and now getting the most wear for your money.

  • Heather @

    Congratulations on being picked for links a la mode!

  • Mel

    You look great! Thanks for the advice 🙂

  • I love them all! Especially the first dress which is so cheery and easy to wear. 😉

  • Agreed! Thanks for your comment, Everest. 🙂

  • No prob, Mel!

  • Thanks! It’s pretty cool. 🙂

  • Which Goodwills do you usually hit up? Like, what towns/locations?

  • This length was so easy for my curls. I could literally wash-n-go and I knew they would dry right for me in a couple hours.

    I sure hope you went back for that vest! I’m still sad over items I left behind years ago. haha

  • Griffin, Georgia is the one we frequent the most, but we also love the one in Mcdonough, Georgia and Macon. Those three are the top stores we visit!

  • Cool! I will try to keep an eye on their Facebook pages and see if they ever run sales. I find out about everything on Facebook! lol