Step 1: Have a great mom, who likes to shop. Shop her closet when she tires of certain great items. My navy blue super soft sweater is a good example.
Step 2: Go to NYC. Buy unreasonably cheap pashminas from street vendors.
Step 3: Go to Ghana. Buy incredibly cheap, beautiful, batiked fabric. Ask mom to sew, sew it yourself, or have a tailor sew a literally one-of-a-kind skirt suit for you.
Step 4: Thrift.
Alright, the trips to NYC and Ghana add a bit of expense. But that can go in your travel budget, not your clothes budget.
I brought back a wonderful selection of fabric from Ghana last winter. As a perfect graduation present, my mom worked with a seamstress to make me a skirt suit from one of the fabrics, which I've been loving and wanting a pair of navy blue shoes for. A recent thrift trip turned up these wonderful finds for just $8.98 total!
And that's my final outfit post before 30 for 30. Look for my items tomorrow.