Diane Kruger: ‘I cannot shop in thrift stores. I hate the smell of them’


Here are some photos of Diane Kruger at the opening night of the Deauville Film Festival in Deauville, France. Deauville usually happens around the same time as Venice, but Deauville is a lot less “drama!!” Still, Diane managed to bring some major drama with this gown on opening night. This caped, sparkly gown is from Elie Saab’s Fall 2016 collection. While I always appreciate the high-fashion drama Diane brings to a red carpet, does anyone else side-eye the “heart” design of the gown? It seems too cutesy for Diane. For an earlier photocall, Diane wore a cute/interesting little black Victoria Beckham dress too (I’m including those photos at the end of the post).

Diane attended Deauville to promote her movie The Infiltrator, and she’s been giving interviews about the film for a few months. I just saw this piece she did with Yahoo Style, and I enjoyed it – you can read the piece here. She talks about the film, but the most interesting parts were about her red carpet habits, and her general style. She hates thrift stores! She does her own makeup for red carpets!

Her ‘90s style: “I love fashion. I think it’s a really fun way to be a woman. I like to change it up. I like to try different things. These days, I guess you could say I’m a kid of the ’90s. That’s when I was a teenager. I’m loving the whole slip dress-sneaker phase. I feel like that’s how I went to school forever. I am unafraid of whatever is coming next. I’m not scared by it. I like to have fun with it.”

She doesn’t have a stylist: “I still style myself. For the red carpet, I often borrow dresses from designers though because that’s easier in a way. You give it back and you don’t have to go shopping for it. To be truthful, in my daily life, I don’t really shop that much. I love online shopping. Every once in a while I’ll go to Barneys and just have an indulgence day. But I love the convenience of ordering from home, I have to say. I think people need stylists when they don’t have time or they don’t find it fun to do it themselves. At this point, I think if I had to do a big tour, I would use a stylist to pull clothes, but I just don’t think I need a stylist.”

Whether she ever shops at thrift stores: “No. I know that is going to disappoint people, but I cannot shop in thrift stores. I hate the smell of them, and I can’t ever get over it. I love used jeans, but they have to be in a regular store, or I order them online. I have ordered vintage jean jackets from online. But there is too much stuff in thrift stores. It takes me too long to go through stuff.”

Whether she does her own makeup: “It depends. For photo shoots, I always have a makeup person. But often for red carpets, I do it myself.

[From Yahoo Style]

I’m surprised that she hates vintage shops. I used to love vintage/Salvation Army/thrift shops when I was a lot younger, although if I’m being honest, I haven’t shopped in a vintage or thrift store in many years. That’s not because I hate them, it’s because I too find online shopping super-convenient. What is this though? “I hate the smell of them, and I can’t ever get over it”? She doesn’t like that dusty, moth-ball smell, I guess? As for Diane not using a stylist… I believe it for Diane much more than I believe it for Blake Lively.



Photos courtesy of Fame/Flynet.

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  1. Betti says:

    Am loving the VB dress she wore. I can believe she styles herself, i like her red carpet style but isn’t she a former model? I know a few former professional models and they are very stylish, one says you pick things up from working closely with stylist and make up people.

    Re: Vintage shop smells. I can agree with her thou not all shops have that musty/moth ball smell and i have been known to leave one purely for that reason. After a while it gets clogging.

    • kaiko says:

      As someone with ADHD like Diane, I can see the hate of thrift store/love of online. I’m exactly the same way. Too much visual overcrowding, too many different smells, etc. I completely zone out and forget what I’m shopping for in those kinds of places. Add in kids and/or a packed schedule with little time to drive, park, shop, try on, checkout…..give me online shoppin anyday! Even if something doesn’t fit, it’s still more convenient to reorder and return.

  2. SM says:

    I am not a fan of her style. Her street stile especially. And while I have to agree to a point on online shopping I can’t understand how would one buy a coat or jeans without trying them on. Sometime to make it faster I would go to the shop and buy tshirts, sweaters or even skirts withouth trying them on to save time but not pants or coats.

    • Sabrine says:

      Online clothes shopping has been a disaster for me. The shoulders don’t fit. The fit is off. It doesn’t look good once I put it on. I hope actual stores do not go the way of the dinosaur because that’s how I prefer to shop.

      • kimbers says:

        Right? I dont online shop clothes because i HAVE to feel the fabric. B&M stores need to survive for the economy to survive in general. Hope amazon doesn’t take over the world.

  3. Size Does Matter says:

    The little dress with the big clompy shoes – that was totally me in the 90s. So fun.

  4. Luca76 says:

    I kind of agree with her. I have friends that get great finds at thrift stores but I usually can’t breathe and feel sort of claustrophobic in them.

    • ladysussex says:

      Me too! I’d love to be able to shop in them but I’m allergic to mold and dust, so I’m just overwhelmed with allergies when I go in a thrift store.

      • Jwoolman says:

        Yes, my first thought was mold and/or dust allergy. It might not bother her at lower levels, but thrift stores usually are overloaded with both in the air. I also have trouble with regular stores because of all the chemicals on the carpets and the clothes. It can be quite overwhelming.

    • minx says:

      Same, I just can’t breathe.

    • Esmom says:

      I totally agree with her, and you. I tend to get overload from strong smells in general so thrift shops and used bookstores are both pretty hard for me to spend much time in. I recently stopped in a Goodwill store and they had clearly saturated it with a boatload of Febreze. At first I thought it was ok but it didn’t take long to overpower me and I had to get out.

    • Ripley says:

      I get hives when I walk in one. It’s the rummaging for me. Same reason I can’t shop at TJ Maxx or even Nordstrom Rack… I love the deals, but hate the rummage to find it. Seriously. Hives.

      • Crumpet says:

        Oh Lord, I can’t stand TJ Maxx. But it doesn’t count as a thrift store, truly.

      • Eden75 says:

        I have literally broke out in hives in some. Fun that.

        I don’t mind used book shops and furniture shops but used clothes places I can’t deal with. I know the smell she is talking about and it makes me want to be ill the moment I walk in. A long time ago, I used to shop in them and found some great stuff but the smell finally got to me.

      • Sarah says:

        I LOVE the hunt! It’s so much fun! I also love auctions. I’m glad not everyone does, though, leaves more for me!

    • Elisa the I. says:

      same here, we have some really nice vintage shops in my city, but I just can’t stand the smell.
      And she looks absolutely stunning in that top pic, I don’t mind the hearts.

    • tealily says:

      I hate that dry cleaner chemical smell they all seem to have. Blech!

  5. Hannah says:

    She looks amazing in the hearts dress. No one looks as good on the red carpet right now as Diane Kruger. Hats off to her!

    • tegteg says:

      I love the heart dress! She looks great on the red carpet lately and her looks are always very different from each other. That being said…I think that VB dress is fug.

  6. byland says:

    One, those platform sneakers are hurting me. Ouch.

    Two, I LOVE a good thrift store. There are many where I live from tiny little hole-in-the-wall shops to a giant grocery store sized one. I remember visiting New Orleans when I was young with my grandmother and marveling at the beautiful vintage stores in the French Quarter. I’ve loved vintage clothes ever since.

  7. AgeofBellendia says:

    And yet she (allegedly) humps the walking sewer-pit that is Norman Reedus? Okaaayyyyyyy….

  8. Jayna says:

    I went in one and got a great deal on a handbag for $100. I took it to a meeting a few days later and kept thinking, boy, the perfume room deodorizer they have in here is overpowering, which didn’t make sense to have in an office building. That’s all I could figure out it could be. I developed a massive headache.
    I was driving home and the smell was still strong. That’s when I realized the handbag reaked of that smell. No returns. I tried to air it out for two days and the smell was just as strong. I finally tossed it after that. I wanted it out of my house with that sickly sweet smell.

    • FingerBinger says:

      You should have left it outside to air out or put dryer sheets in it. It usually gets rid of smells.

    • Babette says:

      Use a sponge that you’ve dampened with white vinegar. Sponge all over the bag, let air dry (preferably in the sun), and repeat until the scent is gone. Vinegar is the best for removing any unwanted odors. We have three cats and will routinely spritz our upstairs carpets and downstairs area rugs with straight vinegar to ensure that our house always smells fresh. It really works, and no chemicals.

    • Jwoolman says:

      Airing outside can work, but it really can take months. Using lots of baking soda on it can help along with activated charcoal pads inside it, putting in front of a good air cleaner that passes air through activated charcoal (may still take weeks or months depending on the effectiveness of the air cleaners, I had one gadget that was so good that it only took a few days). I have to keep paper money in a plastic bag with activated charcoal pads because paper, like cloth, picks up and holds onto the fragrances worn by everybody who touches it. New money is not a problem.

  9. detritus says:

    The red hearts dress is beautiful, and I hate everything heart shaped, so I’m surprised at myself.
    The colour, the positioning and fading of the hearts, really pretty.

    • tegteg says:

      I literally gasped when I saw the dress. I hate sheer and cutesy stuff, but I’m i lurve. Her belt choice was perfect, too. I want that dress…. I may not ever have any occasion to wear it, but I could just hang it up and admire it. It makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

  10. MisJes says:

    She is just absolutely stunning – I rewatched Inglorious Basterds today and was reminded of just how talented she is. One of the most underrated actresses of our time, in my opinion.

  11. littlemissnaughty says:

    I can’t stand the smell either but to be fair, I hate the smell in H&M more. I don’t know why but to me, clothes are so personal. I walk into a vintage store and it’s like everybody who’s owned these clothes before me is there, watching. I don’t know what it is because I’m not usually someone who believes in anything like that.

    • Adele Dazeem says:

      Agreed (though I don’t know about H and M). I’m weird about other people’s clothes.

      • littlemissnaughty says:

        Smells like a chemical spill in there. I don’t even want to know what they dunk the clothes in before they reach the stores.

    • Sixer says:

      I can – and often do! – spend hours in charity shops (Britisher for thrift store). This is a rarity for me because I hate shopping. I actually like thinking of the people who have previously owned stuff. I like it if I buy a second hand book and someone has made particular dog-ears. I always guess why that particular page/passage!

      What I *can’t* do is piped air. So a shopping mall or big department store is anathema to me. I get claustrophobic and short of breath and exceedingly stroppy.

      High street or nothing for me. No. Fake. Air.

      • Poisonous Lookalike says:

        Same here. I dislike shopping in general, but can happily browse in several of my city’s thrift stores. I like having so many years of fashion available to me… and I can be pretty sure that if I walk out with a purchase, I won’t see it on someone else.

      • B n A fn says:

        I love shopping at a special thrift store in my area and has some great buys to show for my hours of looking through the racks. I bought a $300 watch for $2, a certified LV purse for $25, looked it up and it was about $300 new. Lots of name brand clothes., a brand new juicer for $19.99 less $4 discount. Btw, the store I shop at does not smell. Another thing, all my co workers have been asking me for years “where do you shop”, I would just say, “wherever a see a sale”, lol.

        Btw, lots of people shop at the high end thrift shop for vintage clothes, dry clean them and sell them on line for hundreds more than the the price they pay. That’s a big business.

      • notasugarhere says:

        I am the same way, Sixer. I like trying the recipes they’ve made notes on in the used cookbooks, and try it with their substitutions.

        My local shops are clean, bright, and well-organized. I’m spoiled for retail shopping now.

  12. ell says:

    same, can’t do thrift stores and absolutely love online shopping. if something doesn’t fit or i don’t like i just send it back, easy.

    i believe both diane and blake when they say they don’t have s stylist; diane because she used to be a model so she knows a thing or two about fashion, and blake because her style is horrendous half the time so i hope she isn’t paying someone to pick her clothes.

    • minx says:

      I love online shopping so much, and have done it for so long now, that I can hardly remember shopping in a store. So easy to click and get the exact size, color and style I want.

  13. MissMerry says:

    sorrynotsorry this woman is so full of her own bullsh*t, I can’t stand her.

    And do you not shop at thrift stores b/c of the smell or b/c there is too much to sift through? Seems like she knew she sounded eye-roll-inducing with the smell comment and tried to ‘save herself’ by mentioning ‘all the stuff to sift through’.

    Also, I can’t see this woman shopping anywhere that smelled like moth balls…

    I don’t like the smell of the older, messier, dingier thrift shops either, but there are some thrift stores that don’t smell that way. I can’t imagine she is hitting up the thrift shops that smell like moth balls, wouldn’t she go into the high-end ‘vintage’ shops with scented candles and free bottles of water, not ‘thrift’ stores like she’s describing.

    I guess I’m having a hard time believing she’s stepped foot into a thrift shop that the rest of us might stop in.

  14. Patricia says:

    Half my wardrobe is thrifted. For my son, who is 2, it’s more like 75% of his wardrobe. My husband makes 100k per year but his favorite items in his wardrobe are thrifted sweaters that cost a few dollars each.

    We live in a throw-away society. I find beautiful, perfect clothing at thrift stores. After a wash or two they are like new again. I get lots of compliments on my clothing.

    What she’s saying smacks of clueless privelege. Yes thrift stores can smell musty, yes there are lots of items to sift through and it’s not like clicking online and having something sent to you. But for many people and families it’s the best option to save money, afford what they need, and contribute to the environmental wellbeing by recycling. And for some families it’s the only option. Some people have to deal with bad smells in life to get what they need. Damn she’s too fancy for reality.

    • Millennial says:

      Cosign everything you said. The amount of environmental waste and grossly under-paid labor that goes into clothing these days is disgusting. I buy 90% of my clothes at thrift stores or consignment shops because of this. Washing machines get the smells out. I only thrifted one thing I had to dry clean b/c of smell — a 100% alpaca coat. Still in style and I still can’t believe the original owner got rid of it.

      • Jwoolman says:

        I buy my clothes mostly off eBay and even multiple washing often does not get the fragrances out when present (I have big trouble with artificial fragrances), not even with boxes of baking soda. I have to hang them outside for at least weeks and often months. If you’re not so sensitive, washing may be enough. But from her accurate description of the air in thrift shops – I would say she’s allergic to mold, dust, or both and just doesn’t realize it because she doesn’t get such high exposure elsewhere. So count your blessings!

      • Marianne Brandon says:

        @Jwoolman: add to the washing machine a whole bottle of white vinegar with the bicarb. Then stop the washing machine after about 20 mins and let it soak overnight. Then restart the washing machine. If that doesn’t work, put it through a wash with just ammonia. xox

    • littlemissnaughty says:

      I mean she didn’t say it’s tacky or anything, just that she doesn’t like it. I don’t like it either, that doesn’t mean I constantly buy and throw out clothes or that I think other people shopping at thrift stores isn’t the perfect solution for some. My friends and I regularly meet up and everybody brings stuff they don’t want/need anymore (clothes, household items, cosmetics), then everyone can pick what they want.

      Btw, I don’t think people have to deal with the occasional thrift shop smell. They don’t HAVE to smell. My closet doesn’t smell and some of those clothes are 10 years old. If it smells, something’s not right.

    • Jen43 says:

      When my kids were younger and outgrew clothes every 6 months, I would ‘recycle’ them on Ebay. I say recycle because I never tried to make money. I just couldn’t bear the thought of dumping like new clothes in a bin somewhere. It seemed so wasteful. I was happy when my sister and cousin had kids so I could just pass them on.

      • Lady D says:

        For years, my local thrift store would spray every donation with a disinfectant that just reeked. I have a vicious allergy to all aromas, and had to avoid that store like the plague. Finally someone got through to them about the smell of the place and they stopped using it.

    • Wren33 says:

      Almost all my kids clothes are hand-me-downs, but I have a incredibly sensitive nose, and I understand what she is saying about the thrift store smell. I am all about consignment stores and cheap clothes and Craigslist, but there is something about the disinfectant or smell of lots of old clothes sitting together for a long time that creates a unique Goodwill smell.

    • Ellie says:

      Oh god, get a life. She never said it was bad. She said she didn’t like them herself.

      I don’t like thrift stores either. The hysterical victim complexes of this modern age are terrifying.

      • Babette says:

        My thinking, too, Ellie. Trying to ascribe “white privilege” to her because she doesn’t the smell of thrift stores is just looking to be offended. We can’t all like the same things, and should appreciate differences instead of excoriate those who have them. I’m also very sensitive to scents, and some can give me a splitting headache in mere minutes, so I sympathize with avoiding some of the smellier thrift stores. There’s no elitism or snobbishness involved, it’s a physical issue for me and others.

      • Patricia says:

        Babette I didn’t say anything about white privelege. People getting outraged about outraged…

      • CorruptLobbyist says:

        Completely agree on the “hysterical victim complexes”!

  15. Nocturnal Queen says:

    This whole thrift shop trend feels like a slap in the face for me. I grew up poor and the only way we could buy clothes (if there were no clothes to inherit from older relatives) was through going to thrift shops. Usually the worse ones too and I was bullied for my clothes. Because they weren’t new and it was visible that I was poor. But now the middle and upper class is thrift shopping and suddenly it’s cool. But it’s still not cool for us poor people to do it and we still get laughed at and bullied for wearing old clothes.

    • Sugar says:

      But she really didn’t say anything like it was only for poor people, though. She said didn’t like the smell, which is understandable because a lot of them smell horrid.

    • Snowflake says:

      That’s true. Now it’s cool and trendy. Smh.

    • a reader says:

      This is exactly what I went through when I was younger. We had to shop thrift because we were very poor, and it showed because we couldn’t afford to go to the “nice” thrift stores. And yes I was bullied for it, so I feel you completely! It vexes me beyond belief that “playing poor” is cool now. :( If only they knew the real struggle of not having the choice…

      • Nocturnal Queen says:

        The worst are those who appropriate working class attributes in an ironic way. Like we are just some big joke!

      • Poisonous Lookalike says:

        I grew up poor too, and was teased because a lot of my wardrobe was sewn by my mother. She was an excellent seamstress and the clothes looked great and fit me well, but because they were so obviously different, they stood out. My sister and I often shared clothes too, which some girls made fun of.

        I never stopped shopping at thrift stores, because they can give excellent quality and value for my money (to be clear, I don’t have a choice again at this point in my life). It never occurred to me that those wealthier than I might be “playing poor”; I interpreted it as another dimension of the eco movement. Reduce, reuse, recycle, upcycle. At least that’s how it seems in my hippie PNW town.

    • Babette says:

      I grew up extremely poor, too, and shopping at thrift stores was something we had to do as well, with our parents’ limited budget. Although I can afford not to shop at thrift stores, I still do go occasionally, and I also see it as a way to stretch my dollars; why shouldn’t I be able to shop in a thrift store to get a bargain? Now, I understand what she means about the smell in some thrift shops – I’m very sensitive to scents and can get a raging headache, so I’ve learned to recognize the indicators and leave any store (thrift or not). But the larger issue for me is that someone who’s well-off or rich is considered patronizing/”playing poor” if they like to shop at thrift stores. I really don’t get why it’s OK to think that you understand someone’s intent or thought processes, or that’s it’s OK to sneer at someone for their shopping choices. How can a shopping choice be interpreted to be a patronizing/condescending action? Seems very intolerant.

    • kaiko says:

      On the flip side, I remember getting bullied in 2nd and 3rd grade because my mom handmade most of my clothes, and I mean beautiful dresses with often gently used lace and fabrics, etc. We didn’t have a lot of money either, but my mom was a dressmaker and thought making me nice things was the best solution—wrong! So what did I do? Started wearing my older sister’s hand-me-downs. Kids in school have a pack mentality. They go after whoever seems different from them.

  16. FingerBinger says:

    Kruger should get a stylist. She needs 1.

  17. GingerCrunch says:

    I guess I’m bit of an anomaly on this one. A few years ago I started going to estate sales, which led me to some amazing thrift stores in the area. I almost got a high going down into a musty old basement anticipating what I would find there. Same for a jam-packed, great store. I bought so many treasures I had to open an Etsy store and had the time of my life. Love it! Totally understand the aversion to it tho, lol!

    • sunny says:

      I love thrift stores and yard sales. I also love super crappy stores like Gabriel Brothers, Magic Mart and Freds and anything else super discount. I dress like a crazy person though and dress for myself, not “fashion”. The things I like aren’t often easily found in stores and I’d rather not pay exorbitant amounts of money for anything.

      Almost all of my children’s clothing comes from yard sales and thrift stores. This one family used to have a yearly yard sale and I’d always get brand new clothing for cheap because the daughter was extremely spoiled and had literally racks and racks of unworn clothing for sale. Of course I’m gonna swoop right in and reap the benefits of other people’s wastefulness! As long as I don’t smell cats or cat pee I’ll buy and wash it. Even mustiness comes out easily (everything is musty in Florida)…I just got my daughter an almost unworn pair of cute leopard Steve madden shoes for $2! I guess if you have money to waste and don’t have a problem with it, cool (no judgment I promise) but for a family of 5 on one salary we have to be sensible about our spending. And my kids are the best dressed kids in school. Not bragging but fact. All thanks to yard sales and thrift stores!

      • GingerCrunch says:

        Good for you, sunny! You sound awfully fun and creative. Lucky kids!!!

      • Evil Queen says:

        Me too. When I am trying to save money, I always thrift. And frankly, I am better dressed than most folks in my income bracket as a result. I cannot currently afford high end clothes, so its either thrifting or JC Penny.
        And I wouldn’t be caught dead.

      • sunny says:

        Thank you GingerCrunch! That’s so kind of you! :)

    • Poisonous Lookalike says:

      @GingerCrunch: Wow, I wish I had the time and creative eye to do something like that! Haven’t been to an estate sale in years—I’m too dangerous at ‘em and my house is overfull as is—but I can happily browse thrift and consignment stores for hours.

      Are you willing to point us to your Etsy store? I’d love to check it out!

      • GingerCrunch says:

        Hey, Poisonous! It was truly the most fun I ever had. I totally lost myself at those sales and was transported to my childhood constantly, which is bittersweet for me as my lovely parents have both been deceased for a while. Anyway, I put my shop on vacation indefinitely because LIFE! And there are tons of people on Etsy doing vintage housewares better than me. It was a great creative outlet and I salvaged some true treasures and hopefully their new owners adore having them! 😁

  18. QQ says:

    Me and my entire family go CRAZY for Thrift Stores LOL we text each other about sales, often bump into each other in our faves on weekends, and definitely look out for each other if we see an item one of of might want

  19. Zuzus Girl says:

    I like the design of the dress but I can’t wait for the see through trend to end. I am sick of looking at onsies and underwear. Thrift stores set my allergies off, probably the dust.

  20. Crumpet says:

    Meh. I get what she says about thrift stores, though it came across badly. I only go when I have tons of time to sift through the racks, because it is time consuming and they don’t tend to be well organized. The dress I wore to the last wedding I attended was from a thrift store. The smell has never bothered me – maybe it’s because I mostly shop at the VA thrift and they launder the heck out of the clothes. I find some great work-out gear there. A pair of Nike yoga pants was part of my last haul.

  21. Melody says:

    For someone dating Norman Reedus, I’m surprised she has a sensitive nose…

  22. Snowflake says:

    I used to go to thrift stores a lot. But then, it started to get to where I could never find anything. And then I think, goodwill, sorts the clothes by color, not by size. And it’s 5-6 bucks for a shirt that looks used, when you can go buy a cheap new one for a couple bucks more. So I don’t go to them anymore.

  23. Doodle says:

    I find it cool how different people like different things. In general I’m not much of a shopper but I get a huge rush when I go into goodwill and find something amazing after rummaging for a while. And it’s not that I can’t afford to shop designer, but that I actually like thrift shops. But I know it’s not for everybody. I actually get overwhelmed in nordstroms or Barneys. It’s too fancy or something for me, I’m afraid I’m going to mess up the pretty displays. As the daughter of a visual merchandiser I know how much time goes into that stuff and I don’t want to ruin someone’s work. I get really stressed in those stores!

  24. Micki says:

    I bought all clothes for my children (apart from underwear and shoes) in thrift shops.
    All have been washed n-times , no need to think about poisonoud dyes and such. No need to get worked up when they get dirty and when outgrown I trew them away without regret.
    Saved us a lot of money for the time (now) when the big one developed his own fashion taste.

  25. Amelie says:

    I love the convenience of Goodwill to get rid of clothes which I have done several times in the past but you won’t see me in there shopping for clothes. It’s too chaotic and I don’t want to rummage around for a “find.” If things were organized a bit better I might like it but it’s crammed full of random things in no particular order.

    I have been to other thrift stores where it’s more fun and the clothes are more organized by theme which I like. But I can’t do Goodwill or Salvation Army. Marshall’s is about all I can stand which I love for cheap workout clothes. Once in awhile I will find clothes that are really cute.

  26. lemonbow says:

    I have been in love with Josh Jackson since middle school. I can’t bare to think he is pining over this awful woman. I never understood the pairing. He should be with ME! ;) Or at I at least pictured him with someone more laid back and sweet, like a Cameron Diaz or Mila Kunis type.

  27. NeoCleo says:

    Given the way she appears the majority of the time I have no problem believing she styles herself. It shows.

  28. Ravensdaughter says:

    Goodwill has saved me from paying retail for jeans and shoes. And the stores don’t smell.
    I’m marginally busted because I got a Master’s Degree (in Library Science), so I have to shop at thrift stores.
    Oh, please, if Diane has ever set foot in a thrift store, it was for the novelty of watching the struggling masses shop…

  29. Kristen says:

    Vintage shops and thrift stores are not the same thing.

  30. Andrea says:

    I have a friend who said she can’t shop in vintage stores—says its bad luck because it is mostly dead people’s things. I was so taken aback by that comment and I believe grossly untrue. I love vintage stores—you never know what you might find.

    • Lady D says:

      I was in a pawn store once picking up material for their newspaper ad. The lady that owned the store had diamond rings on every finger, diamond bracelets, a diamond watch and several gold chains. Looking at the rings on her fingers, all I could think was everyone of those diamonds represent someone’s struggle. Whether it was to feed their children or their habit, every piece she was wearing was taking advantage of someone else’s pain and hardship. I have avoided pawn shops since that day.

  31. Snarkweek says:

    I fell in love with thrift stores in the 90s when I needed ironic vintage clothes for raves. When I’m feeling patient I will still go to consignment shops in wealthy enclaves like Upper Saddle River, Hilton Head, Montauk etc. The finds are incredible and there’s never a bad smell or dust because of high turnover and the personal pride/fastidiousness of the shop owners. My biggest finds have been an 8 piece Towles sterling coffee and tea service, a cashmere Brook’s Brothers camel coat with princess seams, a Coach legacy bag and a Von Furstenburg wrap dress.

  32. Vinot says:

    Well good thing she’s rich and famous then, That would be so incredibly hard for her if she was poor.

  33. LondonGal says:

    I imagine Norman Reedus smells ‘thrift shoppy.

  34. Bread and Circuses says:

    I loooooooove the heart dress, but yes, I would have loved it more if they weren’t hearts.

  35. Guesto says:

    Oh my. So much ridiculous offence being taken here on the basis of a perfectly reasonable comment by Kruger, based on her own personal experience of thrift shops.

    At no point does she condemn thrift shops or suggest people avoid them or say they’re not of huge value, just that she, herself, has a problem with how the lingering smell from some items she’s bought from thrift shops lingers on.

  36. PoliteTeaSipper says:

    None of the Goodwills or Salvation Army shops in my area launder the clothes. The smell of BO is overpowering.

  37. Denise says:

    I have a friend who was one of the Blitz kids and has insanely good personal style. A total original. But she mixes her own clothes that she makes with vintage finds and while her looks are always brilliant it definitely gives her an….aroma. And it lingers after she leaves and I take it home on me when I’ve left hers. I can’t even browse a thrift shop because of it. I should mention that while I no longer do vintage, because of the olfactory issues and because I prefer a certain style, I don’t do fast fashion and buy clothes to last. I wear the crap out of everything I have.

  38. Anare says:

    I don’t shop thrift stores either. I used to when I was in high school and college but just fell away from it. I no longer have patience for flipping through a hodge podge of things on a rack. Just like someone else noted above that’s why I don’t shop TJMaxx, Marshalls, or many outlet stores or sometimes Macy’s if it’s a big mess. Love shopping online.

  39. Anare says:

    BTW I love Diane Kruger’s style. She is intriguing. The heart dress is really beautiful. Why isn’t it twee? Somehow she pulls it off.

  40. Doodle says:

    I just told a friend yesterday that I can’t shop in thrift/vintage stores because I can’t stand the smell.