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Laura Serino

After visiting Maine only a handful of times, Laura Serino packed up her studio apartment in New York City and headed north for "the way life should be." After a summer on North Haven island, she and her boyfriend, a Maine native, settled in Portland, Maine. Serino is a former magazine editor who has been published in national and regional publications. When she isn't blogging, she spends her time antiquing, scouring thrift shops, exploring new places in Maine and cozying up to her cat Jasper. She recently completed her first book, "Twentysomething Girl, 1001 Quick Tips and Tricks to Make Your Life Easier." Reach her at Follow her: @ForeFrontFash

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Posted: March 11, 2014

What to wear while thrifting

There’s a science to what you wear before you head out on a thrifting expedition for clothes. Here’s my thrifting uniform.

Go make-up free!
First, I felt the need to call this out because I look like I could use a lot of concealer in this photo. But this isn’t the space to be vain! Here’s why leaving the house without any foundation, powder, blush is a good idea.  Ever find a beautiful white blouse at a thrift shop and then see MAKEUP on the collar? It drives me nuts so I vow to never leave anything behind while trying on clothes. It’s good karma.

Lightweight layers!
There is nothing worse than carrying a big bulky coat around with you while you work up a sweat scanning the racks. I tend to layer easily so if I get warm throughout the day, I can leave a layer behind in the car or tie something around my waist.

Hands-free bag!
Whether it’s a cross body or a fanny pack, having free hands to rummage through bins is key. You don’t want a tote on your shoulder weighing you down.

So long socks!
This makes slipping into a pair of potential shoes a breeze. If you’re in the market for boot shopping however, you might want to wear a pair. I tend to seek out sequined pumps so I outfit my feet accordingly.

Thrifting ensemble in action!

Do you have any good thrifting tips? I’d love to hear! 

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