As you all know, I’ve posted this video of Macklemore’s “Thrift Shop” before (caution: explicit language), and I am a huge fan of Macklemore due to his music and his stance on equality. Plus, I haven’t met anyone who can rap the lyrics to “Thrift Shop” with as much sincerity as I do. I recently went to a thrift store called “Savers” in Woodbridge, Virginia, and was astounded by how huge it was. Inspired by the lyrics and video of my idol, Macklemore, I decided to see if I could find pieces similar to the ones that he spotlights in his work– lo and behold, I found every single thing! (Except for his deer sweater. I love that sweater). The lesson? You don’t have to go to hip thrift stores in New York or Seattle in order to find unique pieces. If my local Savers had all of these things, I’m sure your Goodwill or other thrift store does too!
The Floor Length Fur Coat
The Savers I went to had a pretty sizeable collection of fur coats, which I was impressed by. They ranged in color and length, so any Macklemore impersonator would have the time of their life trying to find the perfect one to optimize their swag. I fell in love with an XL Cheetah Print jacket, but couldn’t convince myself that it was worth the 18 bucks and the splashes of red paint that would come from any PETA members I happened to stumble across.
I did learn this tip from an interview I watched Macklemore give: Always use the sniff test on fur. Pee (and other gross liquids) are incredibly difficult to wash out, and so if you can smell it on the fur, it’s very unlikely you’re going to be able to clean it up. Pass on anything that makes you crinkle your nose when you hold it up to your face.
My biggest regret, in relation to this fur coat? I found a row of couches later, and I wish I had thought to go running across them in some moccasins and this coat, a la some of the scenes in Thrift Shop.
“John Wayne ain’t got nothing on my fringe game, hell no”
This fantastic find combines the concepts of having “ice on the fringe” and a “dookie brown leather jacket.” Though it was oversized and made me feel a little bit like a Native American wannabe, I understand why Macklemore seems partial to these jackets: they’re really really fun to twirl in. It’s a jacket you want to play with. If I could find one of these actually in my size (and preferably not a man’s), I’d so totally wear it all the time.
The joy of jackets like this is that you can match it with everything! Macklemore prefers bolo ties and button down shirts, and as a chick I think some animal print and cowboy boots would be absolutely hilarious with this jacket– just to emphasize that “western” vibe. (What, animal print isn’t western? Meh, close enough).
Note: The rest of the outfit in this picture is just what I came to shop in. Not something that I picked out to look like Macklemore. I just didn’t feel like ruining any of the other jackets by covering them with a giant jacket.
“The built-in onesie with the socks on that mother*****r”
Okay, so I will totally admit to two things here. First, I already own a onesie, and it’s a penguin onesie. Yup. Second, I am incredibly jealous of Macklemore’s batman onesie. I looked it up online and they go for about sixty bucks (when you aren’t thrifting them), which is a little pricey. I hope Macklemore genuinely thrifted his instead of buying it new (from the looks of it in the video, it seems pretty grungy and old).
I think my favorite scene from his video is him sitting on a table in his onesie, dancing like a goofball. It’s surprisingly fun to wear an adult onesie– I found this cloud one at Savers, and it was two sizes too large and really really dirty, but still so comfortable I almost had to buy it (but then I snapped out of my insanity). This was the one item I was almost sure I wouldn’t find, so I’m impressed– there was a whole rack of footie pajamas for adults!
In his video, Macklemore wears two vests– one that is embroidered with lots of dogs, and the one pictured here, which is a bleached denim thang. I couldn’t find either, especially in the women’s section, so I went with my own version. I figure I can take inspiration from the ugly vest + graphic t-shirt outfit and just pick out my own ugly vest and graphic tee (the one I’m wearing here says “find your strong”, it only barely won out over a batgirl t-shirt).
I think my only suggestion for this type of outfit is to stick with a color palate of some sort– Macklemore and I chose blue in these pictures, and in another scene of his video his dog vest and shirt are both mostly black. This keeps your look unified, so it’s not quite so hard on the eyes.
(Notice Macklemore is holding a fringe jacket in that still. Holla!)
The Hawaiian Shirt
Here’s my thoughts on the Hawaiian shirt thing. Even though Macklemore just lets the shirt speak on its own and doesn’t really add anything else to make the outfit over-the-top, I think it’s one of his more boring looks. There needs to be something about it that makes it more unique. In my case, I found a DRESS made out of a Hawaiian shirt print, and it was even collared like one of those shirts. Now that is unique! If I were a dude interested in emulating Macklemore’s style, I think I’d pair the Hawaiian shirt with a bolo tie or a pair of fantastic pink pants or something else to give your outfit that double-take inducing vibe.
Please also take a second to giggle at Macklemore’s derp in that still. I paused the video at a very unfortunate time for his face.
Fringe Jacket: Round Two
I told you they were fun to twirl in! (Notice I’m wearing this one over the onesie. Now that’s the definition of swag).
I think what we need to take from this is that I was able to find two fringe jackets in two different colors within the same thrift store. If I can find all of these goofy things, you can find a decent pair of jeans or a sweater or next year’s prom dress. It’s cheaper, it’s fun, and it’s incredibly easy to do, I promise. Just keep using that sniff test and make sure you watch for questionable stains– what’s the worst that can happen? Thrifting is a blast, I promise. A song about it is number one on iTunes, for goodness’ sake!
BONUS Gallery of pictures!
Also, can we all appreciate my mother, who both helped me pick out outfits AND was my photographer? She’s an inspiration to me just as much as Macklemore is.
All images that are not of me are stills from Macklemore’s video “Thrift Shop” and are in no way owned by me.