Thrifting starts to get interesting once you’ve assembled the backbone of your wardrobe. Then you can begin trying different combinations of jackets, ties, shirts and pants – all with comfort, functionality, season and overall style in mind. Certain pieces will be interchangeable and will work well with many other items.
I found a combination that I really like, and nearly all of it is from thrift store purchases: tweed sport coat is a 3-button model from Brooks Brothers ($19.00), wool/cashmere sweater from Brooks Brothers ($9.99), button down from Land’s End ($5.00) and the khakis (not shown) are J. Crew ($8.00). The only item that was not a thrift store purchase was the bow tie. It’s from J. Press, but I got it on sale for $37.00 (regular $55.00). Sometimes you need to get just the right item in a retail store, and virtually no amount of thrift store expeditions will produce it. That was the case with the pattern on the bow tie, which brings all the colors and patterns together in a sharp and very preppy combination. Total cost: $78.99 (or the price of ONE Brooks Brothers button down oxford cloth shirt at retail). Think about that!