Style Icon Interview: $30 Project’s Lindsay Hood

We hope you enjoyed Part One of GoodwillNyNj’s Style Icon Interview with Lindsay Hood! A mtvU Music Blog editor/contributer and Goodwill fan, Lindsay became a thrifting triple threat when she founded $30 Project, a site about creating personal style, reducing consumption and honoring budgets. It’s easy to see why this girl is our newest GoodwillNyNj Style Icon.

mtvU editor/contributor, $30 Project founder & GoodwillNyNj Style Icon Lindsay Hood

In this second half, Lindsay shares how a fashion budget can actually improve your fashion sense, which style writers most inspire her, how to get 50 great outfits out of 10 basic ideas, and her best advice for all you fashion bloggers out there.

So now, without further ado, please enjoy Part Two of our latest GoodwillNyNj Style Icon interview:

How has your style changed since you started $30 Project?

I think I am much more creative than I used to be in terms of style, much more willing to embrace different options, and much more willing to give something a try for the heck of it. It’s also expanded the number of options in terms of WHERE I shop as well; I am always seeking out new thrift stores and vintage Etsy shops now. I spend a lot of time in various Goodwills searching the racks.In fact, instead of a $30 max making me feel limited, it’s given me a lot more choices in terms of what I wear now.

Where do you find your style inspiration?

I scan a lot of style blogs on a daily basis to see what women are doing with their outfits. Often they are mixing and matching clothing in ways I never thought of and I’m eager to try. Some of my favorites are Orchid Grey, Between Laundry Days, The Clothes Horse, and Second Skin – all who make good use of thrifted items.

What are the secrets that can stretch a closet of 10 items into a wardrobe of 50 outfits?

Keep color schemes in mind. Remember which ones you loved and see if other pieces in those same colors work for different outfits. Also my accessories play a key role in helping me mix and match. If you have strong basics, you can make an entire outfit look different with a necklace or a pair of shoes. Personally, I love to acquire jewelry from my family members. I pilfered my mom’s entire jewelry collection from when she was in her 20s.

I also spend a reasonable amount of time testing outfits out. I’ll take an hour or two on a weekend to throw clothes together and see if an outfit works or if it doesn’t. Often I’ll empty half my closet onto my bed and see what looks good next to one another. You have to pick up afterward, which is kind of a bummer, but I swear it works.

What advice do you have for young men and women who dream of becoming fashion bloggers?

Please get a better camera than the one I have! Ha ha. Most of the style bloggers I adore have good quality photos. But since the point of the $30 Project is to save money, not necessarily spend it, I will stick with my slightly fuzzy pics for now.

Also, I’ve found that style bloggers are incredibly supportive of one another. It’s important to check out the community and see what you like and how those blogs operate. If you take away any inspiration from another style blog, let them know and cite your source.

And seriously, just have fun with the whole thing. The great thing about style is that tomorrow you can put another outfit on. Your “mistakes” don’t last that long.

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There you have it: proof you can find Lindsay’s adorable, affordable style on a Goodwill rack near you! Be sure to add $30 Project to your must-read blog list & see how chic the budgeted life can be!

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