Thrifty Threads: Viral Rap Song Inspires Used-Clothing Trend

GRANDPA sweaters. Pro Wings, with Velcro.  Fur coats, extra fluffy.  Fringed brown jackets.  Footie pajamas – for adults.

All cheap.  All used.  All . . . the height of fashion?

Absolutely, according to the song “Thrift Shop,” which occupied the No. 1 spot on both Billboard’s Hot 100 and R&B/hip-hop charts for most of February.

The creation of Seattle rapper Macklemore, producer Ryan Lewis and vocalist Wanz (who performs the addictive, Barry White-like hook), “Thrift Shop” is more than a sketch of West Coast trends, more than a YouTube sensation, more than a huge crossover hit.

It’s an anthem for a sort of secondhand style that’s been part of Philly culture for a while now.  And, it’s getting bigger by the day.

Read more:  http://www.philly.com/philly/style/20130226_Thrifty_Threads__Viral_rap_song_inspires_used-clothing_trend.html

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