About the Author: Sally McGraw

Sally McGraw, guest author


Sally has been thrifting since age 13 and regularly contributes style features to the Minneapolis Star Tribune and the Huffington Post. She writes the popular Already Pretty blog focusing on style and body image, and her book, Already Pretty: Learning to Love Your Body by Learning to Dress it Well, is available on Amazon. Sally offers personal shopping and style consultation services, both in-person for Twin Cities clients and via email for clients worldwide. She believes style is a tool for self-love that should be accessible to everyone. Including you.

Articles by this author

Thrifting wisely for designer items

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By Guest Blogger Sally McGraw
I thrifted that casual neon yellow cardigan way back in 2008. It was Theory brand, in excellent condition, and cost only $9.99. And I hung onto it and wore it for years and years – through 2012 if memory serves – even though it didn’t fit me properly and totally washed out my complexion. Such is the perilous allure of thrifting designer items. It simply doesn’t make sense sometimes. Continue reading

Thriftable holiday dressing alternatives

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By Guest Blogger Sally McGraw
When it comes to holiday party outfits, dresses are the obvious choice: They come in a million varieties, and are basically pre-made outfits in and of themselves. But sometimes you want to mix up your holiday options … and sometimes dresses leave you feeling miserably freezing. So although you’re bound to find some fabulous frocks on the Goodwill racks this season, you can also consider these thriftable holiday dressing alternatives. Continue reading

3 ways to dress up your thrifted cashmere

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By Guest Blogger Sally McGraw
None of us want to admit it, but soon the snow will fly again. And when it does, we’ll need to haul out our boots and scarves and layers. Most Minnesotans know that cashmere is a fabulous winter fiber that is just as soft as it is warm. Most of us also know that a quality cashmere sweater can cost between $100 and $450 bought new. Which is why I’m here to recommend hitting up your local Goodwill  for some gently used cashmere; Continue reading

Trending for fall: Plaid, florals and shades of sangria

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By Guest Blogger Sally McGraw
It’s time, once again, to examine all the hot “new” trends for the fall season. It’s also time to remind ourselves that fashion recycles EVERYTHING! Here are just a few of the garments, colors, and styles trending right now that you can easily track down at your favorite local thrift and consignment shops. (Note that all of the on-trend items I’m wearing below have been thrifted. Already.) Continue reading

When to thrift

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By Guest Blogger Sally McGraw
Wait. Isn’t ANYTIME a good time to go thrift-shopping? Well, yes, especially in this world of fast-fashion and consumer waste. Thrifting will always be a better choice – both for the earth and for your pocketbook – than buying something new. But there are also plenty of timing-related factors to consider if you want to get the best of the pre-loved goodies at the best possible prices. Continue reading

How to make thrifted clothes look spendy

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By Guest Blogger Sally McGraw
I’ve been thrifting since I was in middle school, and many of my current wardrobe staples were bought at Goodwill and other secondhand stores. But I know that many people hesitate to thrift because they worry that used garments will look worn or cheap or shabby. So I wanted to share some tips for making your thrifted items look … well, not-thrifted. How can you take something used, and possibly a bit worn-out, and make it appear fresh Continue reading