If you follow me on Instagram, you know I just returned from a relaxing, well needed Hawaiian vacation with the family. Still feeling the sand in my toes (and hair!), I came down with a nasty stomach virus immediately upon returning and have been laid out in bed for the past 6 days. Good news is, I am feeling much better and today’s look is the first outfit photo I’ve had a chance to share since I returned. I was forced out of the house as my ‘lil Maltese had an appointment at the Vet, one I had rescheduled to many times to not show. I share all this as comfort was forefront in my mind as I popped on this very loose fitting black and white abstract print dress by House of Harlow, Prada cork wedges, and quickly switched my essentials from my flight bag to my macrame tote from Monserrat de Lucca. The Kate Spade statement collar necklace I’m wearing was a Nordstrom Anniversary Sale Find – a statement in it’s own right so I kept the earrings and bangles to a simple silver combo. Don’t you love how a large pair of sunnies and some red lipgloss can disguise how your body is really feeling? The best!
Truth be told, I was not planning to share this look here on the blog, but a few things happened. One, despite how crappy I was feeling, I received many kind compliments on this dress. Second, when I took a closer look at this unplanned-to-share outfit, I realized that the entire look, with the exception of the jewelry, was purchased second hand! Yes, the Prada shoes, Monserrat de Lucca bag and House of Harlow dress – all thrifted! Now, how fun its that?
Then it dawned on me, about 50% of my entire wardrobe is thrifted!
So why shop the second hand market?
Great Value at a Great Price
I love high quality, unique items – always have, yet my shopping budget did not always support my taste for designer pieces. Yes, I love to save money by shopping sales and deals, but more importantly I love the hunt – discovering that unique, well made piece that I won’t see everywhere. Just to show the savings, all 3 of the designer pieces I’m wearing today cost me a total of $135.74. Yep, that’s right. Prada Sandals: $56.24 | House of Harlow Dresss: $31.50 | Monserrat de Lucca bag: $48.00. In addition, if you are into reselling your clothing, high quality designer items tend to hold their value in the resale market, making them easier to sell or trade when you tire of them.
Via Thredup.com Due to the rise of fast fashion, textile waste has risen from 7% to 30% in the past five years. Resale has proven to be a smart alternative that is good for the planet and our communities. Sustainable fashion? Yes, please. The average American throws away 70 lbs of clothing annually. If all of that clothing were reused or recycled, it would save 6 million items from ending up in landfill per year.
The days of sifting though an unorganized thirft store reaking of stale popcorn has passed. Many resale stores, like Millie Mango in Burlingame or Repeter in Los Altos to name a few, if you didn’t know differently, you’d think you were in a full priced boutique. With friendly help, chic displays and current like-new and new product, these are just 2 of my favorites. Whenever I visit a new city, I check the web for chic second hand stores to check out. Online, ThredUp (read more in this post HERE) and Poshmark are just two of my faves.
Tips for Shopping Second-Hand
Everything is a deal in the second hand market, so I always have my “wish list” on hand as to not stray off into the berries, purchasing things I don’t need just because they are a great bargain. The search engines on these sites are so good, approach shopping here as you would with your favorite online retailer. I always shop by size, type and color to start. This way, when I am searching for a Prada pump, I don’t end up checking out with a Marc Jacobs wedge sandal that was too good to pass up. ThredUp offers a return policy which is huge for me – I only keep what I love.
Kate Spade Collar Necklace | in 4 colors | HERE
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Do you enjoy shopping second-hand? Why?
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