I’m excited to announce that Kaitlin, from Windy City Thrifter, is the February winner of the Thrift Your Heart OutFIT contest!
Kaitlin put together a great outfit using February’s “Date Night” theme. I could totally see her wearing this on a movie date with the BF or dinner and drinks with her BFF! She looks quite fashion forward and cool in her sleeveless turtleneck from Green Element and pleated skirt from Goodwill (seriously, I die for that skirt!)
Check out the following interview to find out more about Kaitlin’s personal style and her thrifting experience:
Q: When did you start thrifting?
A: I did some thrifting in high school and college but I started to get really into it when I moved to Chicago two years ago because there were so many thrift stores to check out and with public transit they were easy to get to!
Q: How would you describe your style?
A: My personal style is a classic silhouette incorporating both flowy and structured elements with some fun patterns mixed in.
Q: What is your favorite thrift store to shop at and why?
A: It is hard to say because there are some nice, independent thrift stores out here in Chicago, but the place where I’ve found some of my most favorite pieces is at The Salvation Army.
Q: Which designers, celebrities, musicians, etc. inspire your fashion?
A: I am currently obsessed with fashion compilation books like Elisa Goodkind and Lily Mandelbaum’s Stylelikeu. They have a Youtube channel by the same name where they do video portraits of people and their personal style. Seeing people’s personal styles really inspires me to look at my own wardrobe in a new way. I was also recently inspired by the fashion in American Horror Story: Coven.
Q: What item in your closet can you not live without?
A: I have a black blazer with white flowers that I thrifted a while back. I love this blazer because if my outfit feels plain I can just throw it on and it adds a little something extra.
Q: What has been your best thrift store score?
A: About two years ago, I found a brown vintage purse with a gold metal emblem of a jaguar on the front. Unfortunately there is no tag with a brand name so I don’t know who it’s by but it is definitely my best thrift score to date because it is so unique.
Thanks for sharing Kaitlin! I love that you’re inspired by American Horror Story: Coven. There is something about all that black clothing and dark style that is very intriguing. And who says your most coveted (see what I did there?) item has to be a designer label? Rock what makes you happy girl!
Make sure to check out more of Kaitlin’s thrifted looks on her blog, Windy City Thrifter.
Catch up with her on Facebook and Instagram @windycitythrifter!
Artwork by Chelsea Stewart.
Interested in submitting to the Thrift Your Heart OutFIT contest? You could be featured on my blog!
The theme for March is “Preppy.” See rules here.