The Thrifted Denim Dress

Hello guys! Today let’s dive head first into our wardrobe and talk about the style staple that is the denim dress. I’ve been feeling a bit under the weather lately but the blog never sleeps right? So here is the last remaining bit from my Ithaca trip from a couple of months ago that I promised to show you here. It’s also the first part of one of my brand new blog series that I teased in my letter from the editor

All of us want to develop our style and adapt to the times but we shouldn’t have to go broke to do that. For a long time I’ve been an advocate of thrift store shopping and I thought it would be great to share some of my favorite thrifted gems with you. Recently, during my visit to Ithaca I stopped in a thrift store and walked out with three dress for under twenty dollars! No I didn’t cast a spell on the saleswoman. Although, if my Halloween costume was the real deal that would be awesome! I didn’t beg, barter or steal either. That’s just the magic of the thrift store!

Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to the #dealsfordays that thrift stores carry in spades! You can buy a relatively new denim dress along with plenty of other well-known brand gear and hoards of unique items. However, when I get a new catalog in the mail, peruse through a store, or check my inbox, like you, I’m undoubtedly inundated with thousands of brand new items. Admittedly, the impulse can be to fill up your online cart, and eagerly await for your apparel to arrive at your doorstep.

I have nothing against buying new items. I saw a denim dress just yesterday that I had heart eyes over along with a faux fur jacket, 98% of the Balmain x H&M collection or anything ever made by Proenza Schouler ever. Still I can’t deny the environmental, not to mention wallet-friendly, possibilities that buying second-hand creates. After all, I like to experiment with my style and test out a few things here and there and I’d much rather do that for a grand total of five dollars than fifty plus.

With every “Thrift Store Scores” feature I’ll share a tip from one thrift store veteran to you along with showing you that it’s more than possible to style your discounted thrift store finds with your standard commercial pieces or even with high-end brands. When it comes to the subject of clothes it’s not always about the label, it’s about how those clothes make you feel when you’re in them. Who wouldn’t want to look like a million bucks but only pay a fraction of the price?

Thrift Tip #1: Get past any misgivings you might have about wearing clothes that were probably worn by someone else first. I always wash my clothes before I wear them and if you think about it multiple people have probably tried on that denim dress you’ve been eyeing from the Gap too. There isn’t much difference it’s just a mind game.

Blazer: H&M (similar), Thrifted Dress: Originally from Target (similar), Shoes: H&M (similar)

What do you think of my thrifted denim dress? Let me know and check out similar styles below!

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  • I love thrift stores… You get the best items there… Your jacket is cute… Love it

    Tega Enai

    • Thanks Tega! I couldn’t agree with you more!

  • Valorey

    Great job! Love thrift store finds!,

    • I’m glad you do too!

  • Marinella Rauso

    i really like this unusual combo. Lovely blue and amazing jacket.


    • Thanks Mari! I’m glad you like the combo!

  • Thrift shopping is the best for unique jackets/blazers. Dresses too. I always get a lot of my winter stuff from the thrift store because well, my budget just won’t let me splurge on $200+ coats right now, lol.

    I have to be in the right mood to go thrift shopping though. It takes a lot of patience, so if I’m anxious or hungry or snappy it’s not the best time for me to thrift shop haha.

    You look lovely, Monika. That hair!! I’m in love with purple. I’m considering going midnight blue, hopefully soon!


    • Oh yes definitely go midnight blue! That would be so dope! & yes I agree that you should be in a decent mood. I generally can’t do anything when I’m hungry at all. I’ll get cranky and snappy and then whomever I’m with will just pause and ask me if I’ve eaten yet. hah

    • Great! I’m glad that you do too!

  • This is so pretty! Love the look here and it is amazing where you can find the chicest styles 🙂

    • The stuff you can find really is amazing!

  • Your hair color is so stunning!!! Looks great!

    – Cielo
    Mermaid in Heels

  • Kiki Rampone

    Thrift stores are the best, I love them! I find the best stuff there. Love your hair color by the way! Great post 🙂

    xo Kiki

    • Thanks Kiki! I’m happy to hear that you love thrifting too.

  • Cute outfit!! x

    Lina /

  • I love this denim dress on you and your similar style selections of denim dresses are lovely too! Ah, the weather looks beautifully sunny there 🙂

    Gabrielle | A Glass Of Ice x

    • It has been! The temperature shot back up and I’m not really sure where the fall weather went.

  • Summer

    Nice dress! You look beautiful ♥♥

  • This dress is ridiculously cute! and I love the printed blazer and coral heels!

    • Thanks! I love these heels too!

  • Lauren Blair .

    Great tip and great find! Being a vintage lover I looooove thrifting! You look so adorable 🙂 XO

    • Thanks Lauren-Blair! I’m happy you love thrifting too!

  • I love the dress what a great find! Gemma xx

    • Thanks Gemma! I’m really happy I found it.

  • Beautiful hair ^^ Kisses!!

  • Love the dress! I love all the denim I’m seeing nowadays… this is such a casual but beautiful way to style it up 🙂


    • Same here! It’s a great wardrobe staple!

  • Wonderful find, Monika! I love vintage treasures, they always have a certain personal story behind. You look so cute in yours, dear!

    xoxo Ira

    • Thanks Ira! That’s another thing that I love about thrifting – there is always a story behind it.

      • Absolutely! Thank you for your reply, dear!
        Happy Monday, Monika!


  • I think your thoughts on thrifting are perfectly aligned with mine. 🙂 I’m a huge supporter of second-hand and thrifted finds. Not only does it allow you to score awesome deals, but there are some vintage beauties that aren’t available in stores anywhere!

    The dress is super cute on you!! I love seeing these cool finds with the price tag. It feeds the thrifty lady in me and makes me happy for the environment. 😀


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    • I’m so happy you think so! You really can walk away with some unique items.

  • Lovely look! IT´s totally okay to buy a second hand piece, if it looks gorgeous! 🙂 xoxo

  • What an amazing find, looks great on you! I love shopping at Thrift Stores, honestly you never know what you might find there 🙂

    PS: I’m hosting a giveaway on my blog, be sure to check it out!

    • I’ll be sure to check it out! I’m glad you’re a thrifter too.

  • This dress looks so lovely on you! I love a good thrift shop- no one ever has the same stuff as you and you get such great bargains! 3 dresses for $20 is insane! The leopard print jacket looks wonderful with it too. Looking forward to seeing more of your amazing thrift store finds

    Rachel xx

    • Thanks Rachel! I love that about thrift stores too.

  • Kelsey & Kenecha

    So gorgeous! I love the added leopard print to this look, nice outfit x


    • Nice! I’m glad you like the print too!

  • Rosanna Briguglio

    I love denim dresses, great find!
    Have a lovely day 🙂
    Rosanna x