How to dress from head to toe with $20! Look-a-like Thrift Challenge Explained

I recently had a thrifting segment with the local news station in Cleveland, Ohio. I had a challenge a head of me to dress 3 models in three different looks. All outfits from head to toe had to be under $25. Can you believe it? I love treasure hunting and finding the best deal in my city, so I accepted the challenge and went on to get some inspiration looks online. I picked a date night look and two casual looks. This is what I came up for my inspiration down below.

Casual Inspiration

Date night Inspiration

Casual Inspiration

The Hunt

I get a thrill on hunting for the perfect item for the best price. I looked in my closet to find pieces I may already have so that way I am not buying the same thing over again. I mean I live the zero-waste lifestyle and want to make sure I’m not spending money I don’t have. I had some black jeans and a grey vest so I did not have to buy these items.. Score!

The Final Results

This challenge is all about finding pieces that I can style and they look like I bought them at retail prices. I had to keep my budget in mind and I shopped on sale days. For example on Sundays at goodwill they have one color tag for $1. I stayed on budget and I killed this challenge!

Casual Look #1

I love the color black and mixing it with light color or print is my favorite look. I like this outfit because it is comfortable and you can go anywhere with this look. This look was created for under $20. You read that right. See down below for pricing list.

Casual look I created

Lets break down the pricing

  • Necklace $1
  • Bracelet $1
  • Tunic Shirt $3
  • Vest $0 ( I had in my closet I bought it for $3 )
  • Black Jeans $4 (not pictured)
  • Shoes $6

Total $18

Casual Look #2

I enjoyed putting vintage items together with trendy pieces. I have always done what I want in fashion. If it looks good and feels good I will wear it. This look can be worn for going out for the day or drinks with the girl friends. This look was created for under $20. See down below for pricing list.

Casual look I created

Let’s break down the pricing

  • Hat $2
  • Shirt $3
  • Cami $1.49
  • Belt $1
  • Black Jeans $4 (not pictured)
  • Shoes $5

Total $16.49

Date Night Look

I love this classic look. The red and black really compliment eachother. This classic look is perfect for going out with your boo thang! This look was created for under $20. See down below for pricing list.


Let’s break down the pricing

  • Earings $2
  • Trench $5
  • Dress $6
  • Shoes $5
  • Clutch $2

Total $20

Join the Thrift Lifestyle

I hope you enjoyed the looks I created and hope you find inspiration to start the thrift life style. The goal is to make everyone a thrifter for life. As you can see the sky is the limit as a thrifter. You are free to use your creativity and create your one of kind look that no one will have. I encourage you to reach out to me if you would like to join my thrift challenge. Not only do you get an amazing outfit to wear, you will learn how to budget and get a look into my world as a second- hand shopper. Happy thrifting!

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