Where, oh where can I get rockabilly clothes on a budget? Some ideas where I have shopped…
Target has cardigans, striped tank tops, and the new dresses coming out have had polka dots or stripes. If the pattern is right, it can be pulled off.
I have also found sunglasses here, shoes, and scarves.
Ross dress for less
I have found a lot of dresses at Ross for less than $30 that look retro. I also like to shop here for pants. Tops many times have had stripes, anchors, florals, or fun prints that I have liked. This is a great place for purses, as well.
Online is where I go for items that I cannot find anywhere else and I cannot afford in specialty rockabilly stores. I also have found pomade, corsets, red shoes (really hard to find in store for some reason), and a petticoat for under a-line dresses. Conveniently delivered to my door.
The mall: Forever 21, Claire’s, Hot Topic
I have found tops that have prints that I like at Forever 21, although the fit is not usually very rockabilly. It’s an affordable place, but I have to dig. I like the patterns like anchors, floral, or polka dots I have found here.
I have also found jewelry and hair accessories at Claire’s, which is more affordable when there is a sale.
I haven’t found affordable items in clothing at Hot Topic, unless it has been clearance. But the accessories here have been great to get one or two peices. I have found sunglasses, purses, and hair accessories here.
My tried and true: the thrift store
My absolute favorite place to shop is the thrift store. I can get clothing I like and alter it, or most the time it is fine just how it is. I commonly search tops, skirts, scarves, belts, sweaters, and dresses. If I cannot wash it, I don’t typically buy it. Many finds have been almost new, and in very good shape. With some easy tricks, most peices can be pulled off (more to come later).