Thrifting For Peace

A Girl’s Journey to Style Her Look for the Peace Couture Fashion Show

Story & Photography by Latrenia Bryant

I was invited to attend a fashion show. It’s a charity event called Peace Couture for the benefit of The Spring of Tampa Bay (domestic violence prevention). My first thought was to not attend and I'm not sure why that was because I love fashion. Maybe I was scared to step out of my box and into another world, even just for one day. Maybe I told myself I would not fit in. I'm not sure but I spoke to my husband and he immediately encouraged me to attend. The next day, I went online to and purchased two tickets. And yes, my husband will be escorting me.

My Inspiration

My next thought was, "Oh no! What will I wear?"  This is pretty funny considering I have a closet full of clothes. I was craving something new but not really NEW, just new to me. It's like Sarah Jessica Parker said, “Fashion is not a luxury,” and I set out to prove just that. Besides, showing up to a fashion show looking unfashionable is a no-no (laughing).

Editor’s Note: Latrenia couldn’t look unfashionable if she tried.

A Thrifting Challenge

I gave myself a budget of $60.00. Never count out your local Goodwill, discount stores and flea markets for budget friendly deals. I would have to say my biggest deal of the day was the dress! I came across a photo of Kim Kardashian wearing a dress very similar to the one I purchased from Goodwill. I have to laugh because I would bet a pretty penny that she spent thousands on her look—between the hair, makeup, a stylist and the dress.  I spent a whopping $5.87 for the dress alone and I did my own hair, makeup and styling.


In conclusion, I would say my adventure was a success. My final total, at the end of the day, was $56.84. I'm looking forward to the show! Maybe I'll see you there. If so, don't be shy. Stop by to say, "Hi!"

The Final Breakdown

  • Dress: $5.87
  • Shoes: $19.99
  • Headband: $4.99
  • Necklace: $20.00 (Regular price $29.99)
  • Fashion ring: $5.99
  • TOTAL: $56.84
Handbag was shopped from my closet (I already had that, purchased from Target months ago). Hair, Makeup and Styling done by me from supplies I already had.

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