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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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Fore Front Fashion with Laura Serino
Posted: January 7, 2014

Start thrifting for summer right now

Let me first preface this by saying that I’m not a winter fashion person. I love wool winter coats and cozy sweaters and boots too – but summer is really when I love to let my personal style shine.

It’s not that I dislike getting dressed in the winter, it just proves to be more of a challenge. So what do I do instead? I start planning my summer wardrobe a good six months out! If you hit up any of your favorite stores or thrift shops in the month of January, the racks are brimming with summer clothes — and at a steep discount.

Pay attention to the “barbs” for the best deal when thrifting

I stopped into one of my favorite Goodwill locations to test my theory. Rather than hit up the more seasonally appropriate sweaters racks, I went right to the tees and tanks. And boy oh boy, did options abound!

Summer colors!

The longer an item has been in a Goodwill location, the better chance you have at it being the discounted barb. Since many of us haven’t been shopping for summer yet, every item I scored was half off. HALF OFF! Here’s my haul.

I found a cotton skirt with an Adirondack chair print on it, a pink nautical romper, a low back, polka dot 80’s bathing suit and a really cute short-sleeve cotton sweater. The grand total? $10! If I keep this up, I’ll be able to put together a whole new summer wardrobe for under $50.

Did you start thrifting for summer yet? Tell me what you find! 


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