I have a good friend here in Denver; she is emotionally unstable, unforgettable, but most importantly unpredictable. Her name is Spring and she causes me to feel the highest highs and the lowest lows, attempting to keep up with her inconsistent attitude, at altitude. Despite the roller coaster, I still spend much of the year counting down to the moment when we reconnect. Finally, I strip away the layers I’ve been carrying for months and begin focusing on finer details such as textured metals, light weight fabrics and…sleeves. Yep, 2016, the year of sleeves.
If we are meeting for the first time, my name is Mandy Anderson and I am a thrifter. Although unintentional, an introduction similar to one you may hear at a self-help group is pretty fitting as my thrifting has interfered with my ability to keep personal time commitments. Some people run late by nature, I run late because of thrifting. My friends and family are forgiving and I think they have accepted it as a requirement of carrying the name “Mile High Thrifter“.
If there was ever a time to thrift, its now. Whether we embrace it or not, runways and stores alike are filled with 70s inspired attire. Bright patterns, bell sleeves, platforms and tassels can all require a step outside our fashion comfort box. Most of us are not ready to make a long term commitment, let alone marry any trends. Thrifting can give you an opportunity to try something new for a fraction of the cost. If it doesn’t work out, return it, guilt free.
With May right around the corner, we know my good friend, Spring, will be with us a while longer. What better way to keep up with her wild ways than with one of the most underrated transitional details: sleeves. Whether it’s puff, peasant, Juliet, poet or another style of your choice, each is a thrifted treasure waiting to be discovered. And who knows, maybe you’ll even find yourself a new addiction…I mean hobby.
A special thanks to the Deja Blue Boutique for allowing me to use their store for photos.