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The Best Thrift Stores in Orange County, California for Womens Clothing

After thrift shopping in Orange County, California for many years, I have found several hot spots that I have been able to find some of my most favorite items that I love to wear.  Each store seems to have a special and unique flavor carrying a wide range of brands, styles, and pricing.  While this list of thrift stores in partial to my tastes, I hope this can be of use to those of you who live in the area, or happen to travel through.  In this list I am going to share what it is I like about each store and if they seem to carry certain types of items regularly and/or specials and sales.  As I have mentioned many times before, thrifting is fickle.  Just because these are what I consider the best in the area, I still have been to them and have walked out empty handed.  Shopping frequently and being dedicated on what you are looking for is key to building a thrifted wardrobe that is personalized to you.



Fall 2016 Fashions at Working Wardrobes Outlet in Huntington Beach

Fall 2016 Fashions at Working Wardrobes Outlet in Huntington Beach | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion Blog

Thrifting and shopping second hand is something I have done for years to supplement my wardrobe.  Not only do I find it enjoyable, I find that this is the perfect way to keep things fresh as well as being able to wear pieces that not everyone else has.  Getting items second hand does not mean you have to sacrifice style or current trends either.  Today I am taking you inside my favorite thrift shop: Working Wardrobes Outlet in Huntington Beach, to show you two looks I pulled together showing some great fall 2016 fashion trends.


Second Hand Finds: Tweed Jacket, Ray-Bans, & Vintage Scarf

Second Hand Finds: Tweed Jacket, Ray-Bans, and Vintage Scarf | Designing From My Closet | Plus & Inbetweenie Fashion Blog

Tweed always reminds me of work wear.  That by no means is a reason not to like it, in fact, I love the texture that tweed has to offer.  And when I saw this coral, pink, orange, and white Talbots jacket at the newly opened Working Wardrobes Outlet near my home in Huntington Beach, for 50% off mind you, I knew it was mine.  The colors remind me of a Creamsicle, which in turn reminds me of dreamy spring days.  On the same trip to WW, I spotted a pair of older Ray-Bans for a song, so I thought perhaps if I paired the two together, it would make kind of a cool outfit with the traditional feel of the jacket and the modern edge of the sunnies.


Holiday Looks at The Hanger Laguna Niguel

Holiday Looks at The Hanger Laguna Niguel

With the holidays approaching, there always seems to be special events to attend.  I just love this time of year and getting together with people I care about is something I hold dear.  Being an interior designer, I enjoy creating a look for my home and clients homes with personalized looks that reflect their personality.

For this special season, I wanted to go to The Hanger in Laguna Niguel.  I had heard that they had a wonderful range of designer items that I was ready to explore.  Having in mind that I have a vintage boho style, I love to look for clothes with color, pattern, texture, and special details that feel hand crafted.  Stepping into The Hanger boutique, I felt immediately comfortable.  I mean, come on, they have a chandelier in the fitting room area!  The showroom is beautiful with items organized by size and then by color which made it easy to shop.  They even had a large selection of plus size items for me to peruse.  My method of shopping was just like I do in a design fabric showroom:  pick out what I like, put it all on a table (in this case, the fitting room), and start mixing and matching.  To give you an idea of what you can get at The Hanger, I put together three looks for the holidays.

LOOK 1 – Boho Chic SparkleHoliday Look 1 - Boho Chic Sparkle

Holiday Look 1 - Boho Chic SparkleHoliday Look 1 - Boho Chic Sparkle

This beautiful sweater in black, gray, and gold has such a bohemian chic feel with the feathery fringe and hand stitched jewels.  I kept the sparkle going with a black sequin pencil skirt and black woven wedges that had a little glimmer in them.  The tortoise shell buckles on these shoes just called my name.  Even the clutch felt glamorous, but with an organic touch with its metallic Aztec pattern woven fabric and wood clasp.  This is a wonderful party look.

LOOK 2 – Vintage Floral

Holiday Look 2 - Vintage FloralHoliday Look 2 - Vintage FloralHoliday Look 2 - Vintage FloralFloral prints are super hot right now so when I saw this Fossil blouse in an abstract burgundy and wine floral, I immediately put it in the dressing room.  Honestly, my try-on selections were spilling out of my little space.  When I held up the blouse next to the pants and skirts in my room, I just smiled when they went by a pair of aubergine glazed jeans.  They picked up a color in the floral I had not noticed right away.  I then looked down to see these amazing Stewart Weiztman boots in what else but a mix of aubergine and wine.  I styled the pants with a pinch cuff to first show off the footwear, and second to give the pants a more modern silhouette of a jogger pant.  Add a few antique gold accessories, and this look was perfect for a more dressy casual event.

LOOK 3 – Pattern & ColorHoliday Look 3 -Pattern & Color

Holiday Look 3 - Print & ColorHoliday Look 3 - Print & Color

Why not add a little color for the holidays?  This amazing turquoise skirt had such an exquisite hand.  Paired with a flowy black & white abstract print blouse with gold hardware details, this look would be great for meeting with clients.  As typical for me, I threw in some champagne sparkle heels and that same Aztec print metallic clutch from the first look.  They add just enough whimsy without going overboard.Holiday Looks at The Hanger

A big thanks goes out to the staff at The Hanger Laguna Niguel for assisting me and letting my camera into their fitting room space.  Being a part of Working Women, The Hanger Resale Boutiques has two locations and they alone generate over 55% of the funding for them as they provide career development and wardrobe services to men and women in need.  I could have not had a more pleasant experience, not only shopping, but meeting wonderful women as well.  If you are looking for some fabulous holiday looks and wonderful customer service, be sure to check out The Hanger.

Now, which items did I end up purchasing?  You will have to come back to find out!  Believe you me, I tried on much more than these three looks.  I will be posting more looks with my finds soon.  Until then, I will be working on getting clients homes ready for the holidays.  If you are in the Orange County area and would like to have one of my Holiday Decorating Packages, send me a message at or leave a comment below so we can work together to make your home guest and party ready.

Today’s Postivity Note

Think happy thoughts and put a smile on your face so that positive opportunities can find you.

Be Blessed!

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