Jessi’s technicolor thrift store adventure

I was sent this fascinating TED video (more info here) and wanted to share. Brooklyn designer Jessi Arrington discusses how she scoured thrift stores for an entire week’s worth of outfits while out of town.

It’s an intriguing five minutes, as she makes some excellent points.

Being a huge consignment/thrift/vintage proponent, there are a lot of things I think she nails on the head. For example, second-hand shopping is generally cheaper and more eco-conscious. It also can have the magical effect of making you feel like you’re on a treasure hunt, never knowing what gem you might stumble upon.

However, I have to disagree with some of the sartorial choices she makes throughout the week. While color is an absolute yes (it’s true, you can’t really be depressed in red pants), there is such a thing as too much of it. And unfortunately, gold sequins do not go with everything. I love her general message of freedom of expression by way of your wardrobe, but I stop short at her encouragement to act–and look–like you’re playing dress up.

I’ll leave it at that. Take a look at the video and let me know your thoughts on the matter!

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  1. Robin
    August 13, 2011 | 4:09 pm

    I agree with you, Bryn. I love her spirit (especially her willingness to let go of her finds at the end of the week) but wouldn’t have made most of her style choices.

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