Woman Transforms Thrift-Store Clothes For $1 Into Elegant Outfits (20 New Pics)

Jillian Owens from South Carolina began refashioning cheap thrift store clothes into her own unique custom looks around ten years ago. At that time, she didn’t have enough money to buy higher-end fashion clothes. “I was working for a nonprofit and didn’t make a lot of money, so I couldn’t afford the higher-end fashion looks I saw and loved in stores. While I lacked cash, I had an abundance of creativity. I decided to take on the ugliest, saddest, and cheapest (just about everything I refashion costs $1) thrift store clothes I could find and turn them into my own unique designs. I taught myself how to sew, and the rest is history,” says Owens to

After some time, refashioning herself was no longer enough and Owens started her blog “Refashionista” to inspire and share her work with others. “I wanted to share my work with the rest of the world, as I thought it could do a lot of good for a lot of people, whether they were broke, looking for a low-cost creative hobby, or just liked checking out what I was making. I want people to look at my blog and be inspired to start thinking more creatively about how they can solve problems they might have (just like I did with my wardrobe). We’re all creative. We’re all makers. And we can all take things that aren’t working in our lives (for instance, a lackluster wardrobe) and find creative and innovative ways to make them better.”


Stylist Uses Creativity To Transform Used Clothes Into Fantastic Looks


Owens believes that you don’t have to buy a lot of expensive clothes to look good. All we have to do is to be creative and think sustainably. “We all know that how you dress is important. It affects what others think of you and how you’re treated. I don’t like it, but it’s sadly true. Fashion can be democratized when we take a DIY approach to how we clothe ourselves. We can look great on the cheap and without supporting unethical fast fashion processes. We can all look fabulous while still being sustainable. That’s what Refashionista is all about.”

If you are interested, you can find her previous post here on Bored Panda!


Stylist Uses Creativity To Transform Used Clothes Into Fantastic Looks