If you’ve been around these parts for a while, you’ll have noticed that though fashion is a big part of my life, I’m not always buying new clothes, and much of what I wear is secondhand (see here, here, here, and here). I’ve talked at length as to where and why I shop for gently used clothing, and I’m not planning on stopping any time soon. I try my best not to shop for fast fashion and aim to invest in higher quality, unique pieces, but because I love to put my money where my happy is (for me, that’s travel and new experiences), I’ve got to compromise somewhere. Luckily, the secondhand clothing market is one that’s booming, and I’ve been fortunate enough to find designer steals – Ferragamo heels, Stuart Weitzman loafers, Rachel Comey mules – at a fraction of their retail price (never pay full retail – that’s my motto). This market is especially good for shoes if you can get past the whole “used” part of it, and if a germophobe like me can, I assure that you’ll be able to as well.
If thrifting ain’t your thing – scouring racks and racks of disorganized clothing in sometimes musty stores or being overwhelmed at the scale of flea markets, I suggest you check out thredUP. The process couldn’t be simpler for shopping – you can search by brand, style, color, and size, filter by cost, and read a description of the condition (so you know exactly what you’re getting). It’s Thrifting 101, and I kind of love it. And if you’re in the throws of spring cleaning, they’ll send you a pre-labeled bag to stuff your clothes in and send you money in return. You can estimate your payment and even request unwanted items back, and for the ease of it, the process can’t be beat.
I recently snagged these beautiful Amalfi Italian leather heals in near perfect condition (what did I say about shoes?!) and am so excited about it. A perfect closet staple that I won’t see on everyone else – and hopefully one I can break in enough for my trip to Europe and Italy this fall.
If you want to try thredUP for yourself (which, why wouldn’t you?), follow this link and enter code WOMENS50 to get 50% off your first order of women’s clothing (discount up to $50). WHAT. I mean, that is virtually getting new clothes for pennies. Send back a bag of your unworn clothes, and refresh your wardrobe this spring with something you’ll actually wear. The best part? You don’t even have to leave your couch to do it (I know you’re exhausted from all of that deep cleaning).
Outfit: Amalfi heels c/o thredUP, vintage Brooks Brothers dress.