Women became a vintage fashion designer in the 1950s by buying budget dresses at thrift stores

A young woman who loved thrift shopping became a fashion lover in the 1950s.

Bri Serjeant, 27, from Minnesota, used to design her look based on the 1950s by buying vintage pieces at thrift stores and sometimes even making the clothes herself.

“At a young age, I was fascinated by the hair and fashion of Grease,” she said. “My newfound interests didn’t reflect my fashion choices until I started college.

“When I started college and went out on my own, I started searching thrift stores to be frugal. This opened up a whole new range of clothing options. I was immediately drawn to women’s blouses and high-waisted skirts. This sparked my realization of how much I enjoy wearing these feminine clothes.”

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She added, “Over time, I’ve been reflecting on my vision of how to present myself to the world and go back to my original love of 1950s fashion and hair.

“Now, I mostly find real vintage clothes at estate sales and thrift stores. Cloning antiques or buying vintage clothes online has also helped fill my wardrobe.”

When she’s outside in her old full dress, Brie says she gets a lot of stares and is asked regularly if she’s dancing or if she’s in a play. Sometimes strangers even tell her that they like her “outfit”.

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“I think the great thing about living in the present, not in the past, is that we have the right to choose how we dress,” she said.

“As a woman, I have the right to choose whether I want to wear the pants without a second look or judgment.

“I can choose to wear black or light colors head-to-toe. You don’t have to stick with modern trends if you choose not to. I know it’s a huge step to separate yourself from the masses and do whatever you want, but I think we all have that courage in us.”

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Serjeant says it doesn’t have to be a “total overhaul of your closet,” instead, it’s a good idea to start smaller with modern, vintage-inspired things. “Small steps towards a new self-image can be made, you just have to decide one day to make those changes,” she adds.

Besides her outfits, Sargent also perfected some amazing 1950s hairstyles.

Remembering how she used to do hairstyles before work, she said, “While I was really working, I worked at night as a security guard. During the shifts I knew I wouldn’t see many people, I was doing my hair pinning. That way, if it turned out Terribly, I wouldn’t have many witnesses to my mistake.

“After discovering products and techniques that work specifically with my hair, I’ve started making more complex hairstyles and now I can do any style I want with a certain degree of success.”

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Epoch Times staff contributed to this report.

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