Do you guys remember Jessica?
I knew immediately after being invited over that I had to immortalize her room and show it to the world! What I particularly love about Jessica’s style is that she is not afraid of colour. It is everywhere, on her clothes, walls, shoes! She’s not afraid to pop, and this is perfectly reflected in her room. There’s vibrance everywhere which aids the eye to travel from one corner of the room to the other. There was so much detail and everything seemed so meticulously placed that it felt so cozy being there despite the fact that it was my first time over!
As we were talking and getting ready for her shoot, I asked her to show me her favourite pieces. She, excitedly, ran to the wall where there were a pair of pink spiked Jeffrey Campbell’s. As an avid thrift shopper she also proudly said how cheap she had gotten them for! She then tried them on and it truly felt as if it were a Cinderella moment, the perfect match. She did a little twirl in them and I was in love. She also showed me her obsession with floral patterns and her many other jewels she had found while thrifting on the East and West Coast.
We also did a little Q&A:
Jess, describe your personal style?
I’ve definitely gone through my share of phases throughout the years (some more embarrassing than others), but I think I’m finally refining and growing into my own personal style. I recently described it as dressing like I belong in a jungle. I love kooky prints and vintage designs, and lately I pick up anything that’s polka dotted or floral. I don’t really look too much on fashion websites and don’t make a conscious effort to “keep up with the trends,” so I’ll buy anything that catches my eye and looks different. I feel like I dress the way I feel, and my style definitely portrays my weird, uninhibited, loud personality. Especially throughout college, I think I became more comfortable with taking risks and buying statement pieces because I started caring less and less if I looked crazy to other people.
Do you have a favourite designer? If so, who?
I’m not too into designer names and labels, and don’t look too much into them. BUT if I had the money to afford them, I guess there’s a few that come to mind. I have 3.1 Phillip Lim glasses, and I would wear all of his clothes to work if I could. But unless I find something super cheap at a thrift store, I can’t justify spending hundreds of dollars on a single item of clothing. Jeffrey Campbell is probably the most “upscale” I’ll go, but that’s because those shoes are to die for. I bought JC soirees for $120 as a graduation gift to myself, and that’s the most I’ve ever spent on a single item of clothing/accessory.
What are your top 3 places to shop?
There are so many local thrift stores in different cities that I love, but I think my top 3 stores would be Jet Rag, H&M, and Urban Outfitters (but never full price). I always stock up during dollar Sundays at Jet Rag and end up coming back from LA with a suitcase full of awesome vintage clothes with the coolest shapes and patterns. H&M has better quality than Forever 21, and I like getting basics there for cheap. I never buy anything at UO full price, but I like stocking up whenever they have the 50% off the sale sale. Shirts for $5, dresses for $20, and shoes for $10!
I know you love thrifting, tell us about your #1 thrift shopping experience.
There’s this place called Jet Rag on La Brea near Hollywood in LA where they do a huge $1 yard sale on Sundays, and it’s a gold mine for any thrifting vintage lover. I think a lot of vintage shop owners go there to buy stock for their stores, because everything is a dollar and you can find the COOLEST stuff. Everything from 70s jumpsuits to even fur coats sometimes (I’ve seen a fight break out for one of those). It’s pretty intense and you literally have to DIVE into a huge parking lot full of dirty clothes, but it’s so worth it. Every time I get a compliment on my outfit, I’m usually wearing something from Jet Rag and it’s cool to say “thanks, I got it for a dollar!”
What advice would you give to someone that has never gone thrift shopping before?
Look for patterns and unique styles. Don’t worry about the size, because almost always a belt or some scissors can fix it. At most, you may have to sew the sleeves or take in the sides a little, but nothing that requires expert sewing skills. I still don’t know how to use a sewing machine, I mostly just cut off bottom fabric and use my needle and thread for minor things and ask my grandma if a big hem is required. Also, don’t be afraid to get something kind of wacky or weird-looking. Go with your gut instinct. If you’re initially compelled to an item, don’t worry about what others will think and just rock it!
From where do you get your style inspiration?
I loveeee observing other people’s styles around the street. If I see something cute or styled in a unique way, I’ll make a mental note of it and it inspires me to play around pairing the clothes I have or look for certain things when I shop. I don’t think I realized this until recently, but I think my wardrobe gets a lot of influence from the late 50’s, early 60’s which probably has to do with my music taste because music from those years are my favorite. I don’t think I own a pair of non-high-waisted bottoms now, but that’s mostly to hide my really short legs! Also, I’m obsessed with anything polkadots and floral. It’s so bad, I’ve realized my closet is slowly being engulfed by polkadots and florals but I just love those patterns! I just like clothes that look happy, because I’m a happy person.
Thank you Jessica for opening your home to us! I loved learning more about you and your style! If you haven’t seen Jessica’s first post check it out here.