The age old argument

Just like the known fact that bloggers come in a variety of genres and segments; our wallets, closets and shopping styles differ too. That is where the age old argument of thrift versus brands arises; whether purchases made through thrifts or brands is better. Thrifting, by definition, is the act of shopping *usually at a store with an unestablished name like a flea market or road stall* with the intent of finding interesting items at a cheap price. Now a brand consist of a type of product(s) that manufactured by a company under a particular name.
My personal opinion which I've stated before too is that, labels honestly don't really matter to me. While brands do promise great quality and design, *which is not always true, i know that for a fact* they often come with a heavy price tag and restrictive variety. And while thrifting offers you affordability and surprises galore, you can never tell how good/bad the quality is of the piece is. I purchase clothing mainly for design and affordability so my closet is a mix of brands *for the long-term investment pieces every closet needs* and thrifts *for the more frivolous, trendy stuff I can afford to spend on*

To prove how amazing thrifting can be, these are a few wonders that I have thrifted through the years:

The purple t-shirt

The black and white floral dress

The green satchel and powder blue dress

The pastel floral skirt

I know keep saying how lovely it is to thrift; so to really enjoy the activity, here are a few tips from what I've learned through my experiences: 
- Dress comfortably or else the trip will be ruined.
- Learn the art of bargaining before you head out.
- Inspect the clothing properly to avoid being duped with tears and missing buttons.
- For sizes and proper fits, don't take anyones word for it, instead try it yourself.
- Don't spend too much for a piece you don't find worth it/don't see yourself wearing multiple times.
- Stay sensible and keep a watchful eye on your possessions.
- For the basics which are versatile and will last you for years, like jeans and black pumps *hence, long term investments* splurge on a good quality brand that you trust.
- Don't purchase lingerie from anywhere except a trusted store.
- For more trendy, impulsive buys, head for a thrifting spree.
- Finally, after you purchase your clothing from BOTH a branded store or a thrift store - Wash it properly.

So what's your take on the Thrift versus Brand argument?

It feels so great to be back here guys! Can't wait to get started with outfit shoots and posts!


I have lived in Bombay for a good 2 years and one of the many things I learnt there was to bargain. And I love it like crazy. I mean most of my party dresses/shirts/blouses etc are thrifted and they are all unique and most loved by all. The best part is that I have never seen a similar piece on anyone around me :)
Sayantani Saha said…
This is such a nice post Dayle! I do the same..for long term investment pieces, I try sticking to brands..unless I want pants in every possible colour! I am always on the look out for cheap clothes!
4 Leaved Clover said…
Love the way you have illustrated your article with pictures, nice.
Chp_dzn said…
We agree to exactly what you said Dayle.
Brands are good for investment and
thrifting is good for changing trends. :)
ThefashionFlite said…
I love thrift shopping too ! guess its the case with lot of people around, apart from that I find online shopping way too reasonable too,something in between thrifted n branded items !

Dayle Pereira said…
I know what you mean! Thrifting allows you to have something really unique :)
Dayle Pereira said…
That's a great balance :)
Unknown said…
I love the first look. Pink belt is wow.
a mom's diet said…
brands are good but i 'have never' and 'would never' spend a huge chunk on money on clothes and shoes. watches and mobiles are a different thing. i prefer thrifting or high street shopping when it comes to clothes and shoes. for brands too there is a certain budget.
i always find it weird when bloggers highlight what brands they are wearing and its costs... at times it feels like a show off !! y would i want to know that she is wearing a 5500rs ka pants ! weird no?
Tanya said…
I love thrift shopping too...but unfortunately, we have no flea markets or non branded stuff here in Tokyo :(
As for cosmetics I prefer to buy branded stuff, but for clothes, brands don't matter.

You look lovely in all the looks!
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Mukta Jain said…
I generally go for brands only because the cuts and fit actually differs a lot. I am never sure of a thrifted cloth from flea market about how its gonna fit me*the places where there is no try room*
Vidhi Gandhi said…
I like ur pink belt
Dayle Pereira said…
True true, that is a setback and it sucks when you pick up something that doesn't fit!
Dayle Pereira said…
Agree completely!
My mom always told me to purchase branded cosmetics but for clothes, it doesn't really matter.
Dayle Pereira said…
i know what you mean exactly Kunj!
bloggers generally tell outfit details so that readers can purchase the look without too much hassle from the same places but sometimes the extra details are unnecessary!

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