C2's Frugal Fashion
Author: Special To C2 Magazine | Photographer: Photography by Anne
Styling by Stephanie Lamkin-Pona
Dave Leininger wasn’t always this dapper. “I lost over 80 pounds in just a year,” he said with enthusiasm. “Thrift store shopping was really born out of a need to buy clothes while I was losing the weight. You don’t want to spend a lot on suits you won’t be in for more than a week or two.”
Leininger was a Hilton Head Island resident from 1973-1981. “I started the first local radio station, WHHR. I was the first Monty Jett,” he laughed. In 1981, Leininger went off to seminary. He spent the next several years serving Presbyterian congregations from Ft. Meyers, Florida to Warren, Pennsylvania. Two years ago, he retired, moving back to Hilton Head with his wife Christie.
Shortly after his return, he discovered the booming industry of destination weddings. “Folks kept asking me if I did weddings,” Leininger said. “I was meeting with the first couple I married, and I asked them if they wanted me to wear my robe. They said ‘No, just a suit would be fine.’ It was then that I realized I didn’t have a suit that fit!”
Thus began Leininger’s journey through dramatic weight loss and the discovery of local thrift shops. What began as a way to find inexpensive ways to dress through the stages of losing weight became a hobby as he found brand new Lanvin tuxedos valued at $3,700 for only $8.
“We have the best thrift shops in the world right here,” Leininger said, as he modeled his double-breasted blue blazer for our shoot.
Amen Dave, Amen!
(Images from Left to Right)
CHARCOAL GREY SUIT BY DEANSGATE, THE BARGAIN BOX, CIRCA $8.
PURPLE & TEAL TIE BY BERT PULITZER, ST. FRANCIS THRIFT, CIRCA $.50.
BLACK TUXEDO BY THOS. STUART FOR HOLLIS CLOTHING (WITH BOW TIE & CUMBERBUN) FROM ST. FRANCIS THRIFT, CIRCA $20.
GREY FEDORA BY STETSON, THE CHURCH MOUSE, CIRCA $10.
WHITE DINNER JACKET, ST. FRANCIS THRIFT $4.
TUXEDO SHIRT, THE CHURCH MOUSE, CIRCA $3.
SILVER LAME’ TUXEDO JACKET, THE LITTER BOX, $.25.
BURBERRY SCARF, THE CHURCH MOUSE, $4.