LeTroy (Troy) Cooke of Thriftanista in the City absolutely makes us envy her DIY and thrift chic style. From African print blazers to 70s inspired maxi dresses, her look is as eclectic as it is expertly styled. We had a chance to chat with Troy and learn more from the head thriftanista herself. Enjoy!

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?

I’m Troy. I’m a wife and mother to a 5 year. I’m from Chicago. Currently living in Atlanta. I’m a blogger and avid thrifter.

Cape Fur Coat | 40plusstyle.com

As a point of reference, which age group do you belong to or perhaps you are willing to share your age?

I’m 41.

Ankara Blazer African Print | 40plusstyle.com

Can you tell us a bit more about your blog “Thriftanista in the City” and why you created it?

My blog is about living a stylish and affordable lifestyle. The primary focus is on thrift style and fashion diy.

Printed Maxi Skirt | 40plusstyle.com

How would you describe your own personal style?

Eclectic and thrifty. I like to wear well made clothes that are sometimes classic and sometimes quirky and usually a mix of both. I like shiny things too so lots of sequins and vintage rhinestones too.

Poncho Jeans | 40plusstyle.com

What would you consider the most important components of your style?

My style is budget conscious and fancy casual. I like to dress up but my days are usually spent running errands, cleaning, and cooking so I need to be practical and comfortable.

Red Dress | 40plusstyle.com

What inspires your outfit choices the most?

I’m inspired by Pinterest and bloggers but mainly my creativity comes from making use out of what I find interesting in thrift stores.

Sleeveless Blazer | 40plusstyle.com

Do you take things like color profiling or body type into account when you dress?

Not so much.

Denim Skirt Shirt Headwrap | 40plusstyle.com

Has your style changed at all after turning 40?

The older I get the easier it is for me ignore fashion “rules” and wear whatever I want. I also focus more on quality than quantity. Having a few great pieces will take you further than a closet full of ready fashion.

Orange Culottes | 40plusstyle.com

Do you believe in dressing ‘age appropriately’ and what does it mean to you?

No. I believe in dressing your confidence level. Wear what you like and what feels good to you.

Pink Fuschia Dress Sleeveless | 40plusstyle.com

Do you follow trends? And if yes, which trends excite you at the moment?

Not really. Sometimes the things I like make it into current trends like capes and 70s fashion are big right now.

Green culottes | 40plusstyle.com

What are your plans for your blog and how do you see it developing over the coming years?

My plan is to incorporate more features to showcase the style of my fellow thrifters. I also want to incorporate looks for less style posts to highlight the fashion trends that can be found in thrift stores.

Headwrap | 40plusstyle.com

Ready to upgrade your closet with some thrifted and DIY inspiration? Join Troy on her blog and instagram. Thanks, Troy!


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A style interview with Troy | 40plusstyle.com


Sylvia is 40+style’s editor-in-chief and has been helping women find their unique style since 2011. An alumni of the School of Color and Design, she is devoted to empowering women of any age to look and feel their best. Read more about Sylvia and 40+style on this page.

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