How To Slay (Episode 1) : Finding my winter coat

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Hey Fashionistas,

Winter has HERE honey and I have feeling she will not be nice to us. Last winter was pretty good. Temperatures were nice and it hardly snowed, so I was able to get away with a light winter jacket. Not this year.

Fashion truly repeats itself. A lot of winter coats that were in style back in the day are very popular now. I mean come on…you’re crazy if your going to pay $100 plus for a coat you can get for $10 bucks. And to be honest I think the more expensive coats are not put together as well and less material is being used. I feel like manufactures are so focused on the coat being “cute and stylish” that they forget that it needs to be warm as well.

I strongly encourage you to shop at your local thrift store for your winter coats. Your pockets will love you I promise. Just think about it for $100 bucks you can go buy 3 0r 4 good winter coats…depending on which thrift store you visit. That’s what thrifting is about…you can find good quality items for less than half the price. Sometimes the quality is even better that what you’ll find in a regular store.

When you are shopping for coats make sure you are inspecting them from top to bottom. Here are a few things to check for when inspecting winter coats,

  1. Check for any holes. Holes are harder to fix when dealing with coats so if you plan on purchasing expect to take it to a local seamstress to fix…unless you are handy with a sewing machine
  2. Check for stains. Some stains can easily be removed, but this is at your own discretion. If you do come across stains that can easily be removed the dry cleaners will take care of them or if you are washing the coat place detergent over the stain and scrub it with a toothbrush before washing. I also like to use a product called “ Awesome” it comes in a spray bottle and can be found at any local store…even Dollar Tree (this is where I purchase mine)
  3. Check for missing buttons. You want to make sure that almost all the buttons are on your coat before you purchase. There also may be some extras hidden in the pockets. If your coat is missing a lot of buttons I wound not suggest purchasing, but if you are creative like me…go to your local fabric store and purchase all new buttons and sew them on yourself. You can potentially create a whole new look to your coat.
  4. For fur coats make sure you check for any knotting or shedding in the fur because this means that the chances of your coat lasting through the winter is… umm slim to none lol.

 

 

Now that I have spilled my secret to where to find winter coats…let me give you another tip. After you purchase a coat from the thrift store PLEASE READ THE CARE TAG!!! This will make or break your coats condition for the future. Some coats can be tossed in the washing machine and hung up to air dry, but there are quite a few coats that require a little more attention. These types of coats should be dry-cleaned. Sometimes the tag will say “ Dry Clean Only” and sometimes they don’t. From experience coats that are cotton or more of a soft material can be washed., but if your coat is wool, fur, or a material that less durable and thicker…RUN to the dry cleaners.

 

Now you a professional coat thriftier lol…so what are you waiting for?…go find your COATS!

I am a 25 year old from 219, Indiana. I love shopping for pieces that are different and that I know nobody else will have! But one thing I hate about shopping is going broke doing so. Throughout the years of me working in retail, I have picked up a lot of tips and tricks for saving LOTS of money when shopping. I also go against trends by Vintage shopping. I find pieces that I can pair together to create works of art. You can call me a penny pincher, but I'll look BOMB while pinching my pennies :)

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