I’ve featured the phenomenal thrifted styles of Ariane Brunet more than few times over on my Refashion Nation and recently shared her fabulous DIY crop top webisode (& my own lurvly result) right here on my little refashionista confessions.
I am constantly in awe of the runway-worthy looks she puts together for pennies…
I simply had to reach out to this fabulous frugal fox & get the secret behind her styling talents + her top tips for successful thrifting trips!
Let’s meet my newest style icon …
I have been employed in the fashion industry for the past 8 years, a few of which were even spent working in China! Fashion is an incredibly thrilling industry to work in: I get to play with fabrics, colours, analyze trends & shop all of the time! However, there is also a lot of pressure to continuously produce new & exciting styles with quick to make designs at the lowest cost possible. Sadly, there is a huge amount of waste throughout the production process & lately I have been putting a lot of thought into trying to find solutions to help reduce that waste.
Last December I gave myself the chance to participate in the fashion industry in a greener way: I quit my job to start my own line – Kiki Kumi – accessories created from upcycled denim & leather. The idea of recycling old jeans into clutches, bags & headgear has been forming in my brain for quite some time, I am still working on my designs but so far the results are amazing! At present I am showcasing some samples on the KiKi Kumi facebook page but shall soon be open for business! Stay tuned!
As I was spending a huge amount of time in thrift stores looking for jeans I found myself discovering all sorts of amazing garments. Some were very close to what I was seeing on the runways each season – a light bulb went on over my head & I began my Thrift Outfit blog to inspire others to shop second hand & prove that high fashion trends can indeed be created from thrift shop finds.
Each week I come up with a 100% second hand look, some outfits are directly inspired by what I’ve seen on the catwalk, while others are just a result of my crazy imagination. Recently, I collaborated with Montreal based designer Daniel Richer. I gave him 3 thrifted pieces & challenged him to transform them into something that would fit into his Spring 2014 collection.
The result is gorgeous & I am planning on working with more Montreal based designers in the near future. I also have a few awesome collaborations with local vintage collectors coming up as well + I just started my YouTube channel to showcase thrift haul videos, my weekly looks & some funky DIY tutorials!
Ariane’s Top 5 Thrifting Tips
#1 You need time: Thrift shopping takes time. Go on a lazy rainy weekend after 3 lattes & a relaxing read of your fave newspaper.
#2 Try everything on: It can be overwhelming & is quite easy to fill up a basket. Trying everything on will help you make the right decision therefore minimizing disappointment when you get home.
#3 If you don’t sew, get to know your local tailor: Some pieces are really worth a little extra effort. Paying a five (or less) for a high quality pre-loved blazer or dress is peanuts so why not invest a bit more to achieve the perfect fit?
#4 Give & take: If you give clothes away to thrift stores you also need to buy some…and if you buy some you also need to give some away…it’s a cycle & you can’t have one without the other.
#5 Have fun get & inspired & follow Thrift Outfit!
Merci beaucoup Ariane! Vous êtes une “eco-fashionista” fabuleux et une inspiration chic!
Now pop on over to Thrift Outfit and let Ariane inspire your thrifty style!