How to Improve Your Style: How to Thrift

This is part of my How to Improve Your Style for Men series

Last year, I updated the majority of my wardrobe, with over half of the new items purchased from thrift or vintage stores. Thrifting is a great way to find quality pieces at affordable prices, especially for those on a tight budget. Some of my favorite thrifted items were bought at a fraction of their retail cost. For example, I bought my favorite pair of pants, Momotaro Japanese denim jeans, for $25 at a Crossroads Trading thrift store in San Francisco, while they retail for $315. Additionally, I found a Loro Piana cashmere sweater in perfect condition at the same store, which retails for $2,000, but I got it for $30.

I love thrifting because the pieces are unique and hard to come by, making it unlikely that others will have the same item. Thrift stores offer a variety of items from different eras, some of which are one-of-a-kind.

One drawback of thrifting is it can be time-consuming. For example, if you are searching for a specific trench coat, you might spend an entire day at thrift stores and still not find it.

Knowing how to thrift is a bit of an art. Here are a few tips I have for thrifting:

If you’re in NYC, my top thrift spots are all near Morgan Station on the L Train: Beacon’s Closet, L Train Vintage, and Urban Jungle.

April 28, 2024 · How to Improve Your Style

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