Thrift Store Style

You don’t have to spend a fortune to score designer styles.

You don’t have to be a tall, skinny teenager to WEAR designer styles.

Meet Dorothy Joly.

Dorothy Hadley Joly

Dorothy Hadley Joly

She’s a character actor in her local community and she works at the local school. She’s active in her church and is the mom of 2 adult children.

Dorothy is over 50, stands a whopping 5’2”, and she’s got curves! She wears a medium or a size 8 to 10 depending on the designer.

(Don’t you WISH they’d get all get standard sizing??)

On the following pages, Dorothy shares a selection of different personalities and types to show there’s always something for everyone.

Find the right Thrift Store

The key to getting high end designer items at a thrift store is to haunt the thrift store closest to an affluent neighborhood. We chose a privately owned non-profit instead of a chain. Off Island Thrift Cancer Awareness Center in the coastal region of South Carolina. They’ve given over $3,400,000 to those in need since they opened in January 2000. Founded by a woman, Karen Matthews, who lost her father to cancer. The store is located near several gated communities and a luxury resort.

Together all the items we purchased at the thrift store totaled $51.00. We added some shoes we found online and that added another an extra cost for 2 pair, and we also shopped our closets where needed.


We photographed Dorothy outside of Salumi and Formaggi Italian Resturant.The owners arrived from Brindisi, Puglia on the southeast coast of Italy. The food is first class and masterful. It’s located in the Habersham Marketplace in Beaufort, SC.

Dorthy is wearing a Kenneth Cole Reaction dark wash denim mini skirt. It has pockets!! It’s a size 8 and we paid $5.00. The top is a Banana Republic Peplin Top in a window pane plaid. This is a size 6 and we paid $4.00. The shoes are navy pumps from Dorothy’s home closet.

Trapeze dress from Old Navy. This is a loose airy dress. It was brand new with the tags still on it. This is a simple pull on dress with a tie at the neck. The size is a medium-tall and even though Dorothy is shorter than usually suggested for tall items, it works for her. It was listed on the Old Navy website as the “Old Navy Orange Red Floral Print Pleated Long Sleeve Tie Neck Boho Dress. $36.98. We paid $8.00!! The Platform sandal came from Forever 21. Vintage Havana Shoes | Espadrille Mule Platform Sandal | Color: Red, size 8 and were originally listed at $35.00 but we got them on sale and paid $14.99.

Rafaella by Perry Ellis Trousers

Rafaella by Perry Ellis Trousers

Perry Ellis owns the company, Rafaella, that makes these Wide Leg Trousers. They drape well and are fully lined. Plus, they’re Long enough for Dorothy to wear with platform shoes. The pants are a size 10 and we paid $6.00. We paired them with a New York & CO camisole in a medium. We paid $3.00. Then, we added a Rue 21 crocheted, fringed top in a size medium. We paid $6.00. We finished the look with a Bijoux Terner handmade scarf for $2.00. The sunglasses are from Amazon for $4.00 and the shoes, Melesh White Patent Platform Pointy-Toe pumps, are also from Amazon. We got them on sale for $17.99. The necklace is from Forever 21 and cost $6.00

Maggy London by Kenneth Nolan

Maggy London by Kenneth Nolan

Maggy London by Kenneth Nolan black dinner dress. Mesh and soutache trimmed back with tiny covered buttons. A classic LBD with elegant lines and a sexy slit. It’s a size 10 and and we paid $8.00. The earrings and shoes are from Dorothy’s closet. The shoes are a magnificent pair of black lace and suede stilettos. They came from ShoeDazzle.

Photography Nancy Mac. Model Dorothy Hadley Joly. Photographed on location at the Habersham Community in South Carolina