Style Icon: Liz Landgren


Liz in her sunlit loft studio, wearing 7 for All Mankind orange cords found at a NYC flea market, BCBG sweater and necklace from a thrifting trip and Fruit of the Loom grey tank.

Liz in her sunlit loft studio, wearing 7 for All Mankind orange cords found at a NYC flea market, BCBG sweater and necklace from a thrifting trip and Fruit of the Loom grey tank.

The Thrifting Queen

Written and styled by Tracy James

Photographed by Chuck St. John

 

Mother, artist, and self-described obsessive Facebook poster Liz Landgren wears her “Thrifting Queen” crown proudly. Ever since her days of working retail at Harold’s and becoming accustomed to a generous employee discount, this Icon can’t bear paying full price. Moreover, the store’s rule that salespeople wear at least five items stuck—Landgren loves to layer.

Landgren’s passion for fashion was inspired by her late grandmother Fran DeFuniak, a NYC fashion design school student and professional hand model credited by one friend as being “the first woman in Birmingham to wear slacks.” Landgren, too, is unafraid to take style risks, mixing and matching patterns, prints, and textures to create her own funky personal style. Fittingly, Landgren has become a fan of the clothing line A Dozen Dresses by Birmingham local Sara Ellen Albritton, a collection of eclectic dresses and separates made from mixed pieces of used clothing. The line has a spiritual message, which is important to Landgren: “Sara Ellen redeems the clothing, just like Christ redeems us,” she says.

Exceptions to her second-hand only policy are made when it comes to jeans, bought at SOCA in Homewood, and boots, which she requests as gifts for her birthday and Christmas. Favorite consignment shops include d’Trespa and Second Hand Rose, as well as Salvation Army, Goodwill, and Big Saver. Fluent in the local thrifting lingo, Landgren explains that the Highway 150 Salvation Army is referred to as “the boutique,” the Salvation Army on Greensprings Avenue is “on the hill,” and the Goodwill is “down the hill.”

As we parted after our interview, Landgren adds with a laugh, “It really is like the [Macklemore] song ‘Thrift Shop.’ If I have $20 in my pocket, I’m huntin’. And it really is ‘awesome.’”

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