Darlene Fadem has made thrifted fashion synonymous with chic styling. Not only does she make thrifting for high-end, covetable pieces look easy, her welcoming and cheeky view of life is refreshing. We had an opportunity to interview the thrift guru. Enjoy!
Can you tell us a little bit more about yourself?
I’m a high-end thrifted fashion blogger who recently moved to an active adult community in fabulous Las Vegas!!
As a point of reference, which age group do you belong to or perhaps you are willing to share your age?
I JUST had a birthday and am now 54 years old. I’m one year shy of qualifying for the senior discount at the thrift store. Needless to say, I’m REALLY looking forward to turning 55!
Can you tell us a bit more about your blog whosaprettygirl and why you created it?
I noticed that the majority of fashion bloggers out there were in their 20’s. I loved their style but it wasn’t appropriate for someone in their 50’s. I’ve always loved fashion and had a closet full of clothes, so when my husband bought me a computer for Christmas three years ago, my blog was born! The name? Well, that’s what I say to my rescue dog, Miss Oreo. Who’s a pretty girl? She is!
How would you describe your own personal style?
Thrifted! At least one component of my outfit each day comes from the thrift store.
What would you consider the most important components of your style?
That all the clothes I thrift are high-end.
How does living in Nevada influence your style?
Oh…my gosh! I am missing out on wearing all the cute chunky knit sweaters and blanket scarves that all the other bloggers are wearing right now because it’s too warm here! I can’t believe I just said that because I really don’t like cold weather…lol. My MIL saw all the cold weather boots that I brought with me and said “You won’t need any of those. We have maybe two cold days the entire winter.” She’s right! On the other hand, It is extremely hot here in the summer, so it’s sleeveless tops and golf skorts for me 24/7…and no, I’m not a golfer. lol
Do you feel you have a signature style?
I would say that my style is very classic…and thrifted, of course!
What inspires your outfit choices the most?
My latest find at the thrift store. I’m always on the hunt for something unique to style for my readers.
Do you take things like color profiling or body type into account when you dress?
I’m always trying to find ways to conceal my dreaded muffin top. Sigh…
Has your style changed at all after turning 40?
In my 40’s I discovered the boutique: White House Black Market. I love their clothes! Just the right amount of sparkle. Then, in my 50’s I discovered thrift stores and all the amazing high-end designer clothing they have. Dolce and Gabbana, Escada, Versace…the list goes on and on.
Do you believe in dressing “age appropriately” and what does it mean to you?
Yes, for the most part. I just got rid of all of the shorter skirts in my closet. Well, ALMOST all of them. 😉
Would you say that at this stage of your life you are now more, or less interested in fashion, style and the way you look?
Definitely more interested, especially since I became a fashion blogger.
Why is the way you look important to you?
When I take the time to look my best, I have more confidence. It’s as simple as that.
Do you follow trends? And if yes, which trends excite you at the moment?
Yes. I did a whole thrifted series on Spring/Summer trends in 2015. Currently, I’m OBSESSED with plaid!
Do you have any fashion and style tips for women over 40?
Don’t be afraid to go out of your comfort zone and try something new whether it’s a new style, or just a color you’ve never worn before!
What are your plans for your blog and how do you see it developing over the coming years?
I’m not very ‘tech savvy’, so I need to work on those skills to help grow my blog. I would like to start using periscope and do live feeds from the thrift store!
Anything further you would like to add?
If you’re ever in Vegas and would like to go thrifting, I’m your girl!!!
Ready to get inspired by Darlene’s incredible thrift finds? Follow her thrifted fashion adventures on her instagram. Thanks, Darlene!
Which of Darlene’s outfits is your favorite?
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