How I Reinvented Myself at the Thrift Store

At any moment, you can reinvent yourself. You do not owe anyone an explanation. You are allowed to be a completely different person every minute of every day. You are never held back by who you were. The thrift store was somewhere I found myself 2 years ago. My hands were empty, and my mind was open. I knew I wasn’t satisfied with the way I dressed. I felt like my clothing didn’t represent my true nature. I wanted to express myself without the slightest clue on how. I am still working on my self-expression and challenging my creativity, but I know I stepped in the right direction. I wanted to share a few tips with you that I learned along the way.

First and foremost, BUILD YOUR CONFIDENCE. The belief you can rock any and everything will show. Your confidence in the way you look and dress opens so many doors within yourself. Believing in your ability to transform your style spills over into mastering other skills you never knew you could excel at. You are not only creating yourself, you are discovering who you always were. All you needed was the confidence to search and create. Second, a piece of clothing has more than one use. When you see a cute mini skirt, it’s not just a skirt. It can be used as a shirt with a belt. You can cut the skirt in half and now, you have a new bandeau. The clothing you find has multiple uses, it all depends on your creativity to utilize what you have.

Thirdly, you have all the inspiration right in front of you! You are the new trend. Big fashion houses like Gucci, Givenchy, Chanel..etc. get their inspiration from creatives just like you. Think about who you are and where your inspiration comes from. With the Pinterest app open in one hand and scissors in the other, go in your closet and see if you can rearrange the clothes you already have to make a new outfit. Fourth, TRY IT! Experiment with your look. You can always grow your hair back. You can always buy another outfit at the thrift. I stopped telling myself, “I don’t think this is something I can wear,” to asking myself, “Why not?” I opened myself to an entire world that was sitting right in front of me.

Lastly, be patient with yourself. HAVE FUN WITH IT! The canvas is blank and yours to paint. Be patient with the process of your transformation. Thrifting is like therapy for me. It gives me control and lets me decide who I want to be. I have no attachments to any of my clothes, and I will probably give them away a few months after buying them. It’s about the thrill of creation. It’s walking in and not knowing what you’re going to find. It’s living day to day, on the edge of your own potential and possibilities. Just remember, we are all creative. We all have our own individual style and taste. I did not always think I was creative. I grew up without the slightest regard for fashion. It was something that I started to appreciate later in life, but it has become a big part of my life. I made the decision to create who I wanted to be, and I hope you do too.

Raquel Genae