Our Thrifty 6 group was given the prompt about styling as our style icon. Who hasn’t been influenced by the famous people we have grown up seeing on the big screen?
Years ago, the original crew styled outfits inspired by our favorite movie stars as well as our favorite TV stars.
Quote of the day: “What you wear is how you present yourself to the world, especially today, when human contacts are so quick. Fashion is instant language.” Miuccia Prada
A style icon could be more than just a movie star or tv star nowadays. I have to admit, that there are a couple of fabulous women on Instagram that I would consider style icons as well. Yet the 3 of us decided to stick to women from the movies for our thrifty challenge of styling as our style icon.
Now, remember, not only were we styling an outfit as an ode to our style icon, we also had to try to use secondhand items for the look.
And one of the things I like to remember is that being inspired by a look or person doesn’t mean you have to copy them piece for piece. Sometimes it’s a vibe or an idea that can give you a way to be inspired.
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Related post with thrifted looks: Inspired by our zodiac sign
Lesley as Audrey Hepburn
Audrey Hepburn’s style has been described as sophisticated and elegant. And isn’t that a great feeling to dress as such, as Lesley is showcasing.
Now Lesley’s only thrifted items were the gloves and purse for her take on Audrey Hepburn from My Fair Lady. But since they are both stand-out details, I thought it was perfect.
(I won’t squeal on her and tell you that she totally forgot that the challenge was supposed to include secondhand items–oops, I guess I did squeal. But this is all for fun so no harm, no foul. Besides I had done the same thing and remembered at the last minute having to change many of the items in my look)
Anyways, Lesley loves not only Audrey in many of her roles but also styles the combination of black and white together often. SO this look came together easily for her.
This polka dot dress is very modern with ruffles at the bottom hem. But Lesley went a step further and gathered up a bit of material on the side and added a flower pin.
She did this same trick with the dress last year when we talked about how to hide your belly.
Insider tip: Even with a black-and-white look, adding in a touch of color can be very powerful. Noticed Lesley’s earrings and the flower on her purse. They give the entire look a focus.
Charlotte Styling Our Style Icon as Diane Keaton
Diane Keaton has been called the fairy godmother of fearless style. The fact that she is willing to wear non-conventional items together and include more masculine touches is very freeing.
Even if it’s not your style, it’s nice to see that women can express themselves in all different manners when it comes to clothes.
My mother has always been a big fan of Diane Keaton and I remember her taking me to the movie “Annie Hall” when I was only 11 years old. I was a very sheltered child and embarrassed my mom, tremendously when I yelled out during the movie that the two characters were getting in bed together.
Charlotte chose to be inspired by this Diane Keaton look by sporting a white blouse, vest, and men’s tie. The tie was picked up at an estate sale, and this vest is actually my husband’s that he found while thrifting.
I love how my mom even included cuff links with the look to give it more masculine details. In fact, these cuff links were my grandfather’s cuff links, so they have sentimental memories as well.
And the addition of the bright pink purse with the burgundy is a great way to add more colors to the look.
Jodie Inspired by Helen Mirren
Helen Mirren’s style can be described as classy yet with an edgy vibe. She has been known to “rip up the fashion rule book” and I think that’s more important than we think.
I became a huge Helen Mirren fan the first time I saw her in the movie “Red”. It was a role that may have been fiction, yet once I started researching more about her, it was one that was true to form. Helen’s spunk and personality are truly inspiring.
Helen was my inspiration the last time we had this kind of prompt although it was a totally different kind of outfit.
Helen’s outfit above is one from the Cannes Festival and is one that any of us could easily recreate. A column of white with a sassy coat and shoes creates a fabulous everyday look.
I chose this secondhand print coat as my outer layer and then wore a pair of fabulous shoes that were handed down to me when my bestie passed away.
In order to give this look the “extra” that I crave, I wore a scarf that was my husband’s mother’s and kept it in place with this statement pin.
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We are a group of six international fashion and lifestyle bloggers and influencers called The Thrifty Six! You can call us international since we come from all over the world and span at least three different decades of life. We each have our own unique and individual style but share a passion for preloved clothing and second-hand shopping. Our goal is to share a variety of ways to be stylish while doing a little something good for the environment.
With the fashion and textile industry being a major contributor to landfills and other environmental pollution, we decided to make it the mission of this little group to focus on second-hand items. Every month we will choose a theme and share our styles with you to hopefully inspire you to shop more preloved and less fast fashion.
Insider tip: If there aren’t many wonderful secondhand shops near you, then I included a list of online shops that I love at the end of this post.
- Emma of Style Splash
- Grace of Graceful Rags
- Jane of Preloved-Vintage-Handmade
- Jodie (and crew) of Jodie’s Touch of Style
- Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style
- Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge
So check out the other members of the Thrifty 6 for the theme of styling as our style icons. And share the person you would have chosen!
Shelbee of Shelbee on the Edge
“One of my all-time favorite On Screen Style Icons is Diane Keaton so she was my inspiration for this thrifty look which layers a full brocade mini skirt over a midi-length linen shirt dress (both thrifted) for a funky spin on her classic style. I added a preloved polka dot necktie to honor her Annie Hall days.”
Nancy of Nancy’s Fashion Style
“Kat Farmer is known for her role in BBC One’s fashion styling show, You Are What You Wear. But she is an Insta influencer and there is how I know her from. I adore her style, I love it, want to wear it, own it, etc. etc. Simple, a lot of black, but it’s more how she wears it! This woman is so relaxed about her looks. It’s almost annoying, lol.
I decided to copy this outfit from my on-screen style icon, Kat Farmer. Because black is my favourite colour. It does makes me happy that such a popular woman gets away with wearing a lot of black. I feel fantastic in this outfit, it couldn’t be more me! Pre-loved skirt, €6, from Vinted, but the previous owner lived in my village. So I could collect it at her house! Even more a bargain.”
Emma of Style Splash
“I really struggled with this theme – probably because I don’t watch many films. I first thought about Carrie Bradshaw, but none of my outfit choices for here were preloved. Then, while I was searching for inspiration online, I kept seeing images of Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan. This vintage cropped jacket has been hanging on my wall as decoration, so I grabbed it, along with these second hand Zara hareem pants to recreate Madonna’s iconic look.”
Jane of Preloved-Vintage-Handmade
“April’s T6 theme is ‘On Screen Style Icons’, there must be soooo many to choose from…
However, if you name any famous film, I guarantee I won’t have seen it!
I’m not a movie fan but this sheer lace dress really reminds me of something Cher once wore…
…so here I am paying homage to the truly timeless goddess herself.
Big hair and a barely-there dress – all the semi-naked glamour of Cher’s red-carpet appearances circa 1986.”
Grace of Graceful Rags
“I wanted to pick a more creative theme this time (my ideas in the past have been lame) and decided on On Screen Style Icons. I toyed with dressing as Blair Waldorf, Holly Golightly, Mindy Lahiri… the possibilities of stylish movie and TV characters are endless. But then I realized, I’ve been watching Better Call Saul with my boyfriend and absolutely love how badass Kim Wexler is—and I’m obsessed with her workwear style! So I decided to create a Kim-inspired lawyer outfit with this secondhand pencil skirt. I even included details like her dainty stud earrings, subtle black eyeliner, and signature ponytail (although I couldn’t figure out the single curl).”
Online Thrift Stores
These are the ones I’ve used more than once (except Swap, but it comes highly recommended by a friend)
thredUp—this link gives you $10 (and me in return).
Poshmark — here is the post about how to shop the site.
Uncommon Closet— nonprofit to help women.
Gild the Lily–a local Michigan store that sells online.
Thank you for visiting my space on the internet. I like to showcase how it’s never too late to look great for women of any age, size, or working with any kind of budget.
I feel I’m here to help move beyond the fashion rules of yesterday and evolve. Style and clothes are made to give you joy. Not cause us stress because we are worried about what others think.
My hope is that you get ideas and inspiration from Charlotte, Lesley, and myself. It’s not about copying what we wear, but about using what you already have and updating items along the way.
Most of all it’s getting us to think differently and dare I say, have fun.
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