If I were to list a few of the labels featured here, you wouldn’t really guess that they were from a secondhand source: Céline, Rag & Bone, Tibi. Words like “thrifted” or “secondhand” wouldn’t come to mind… With secondhand shopping comes the experience of owning pre-loved items of stylish fashionistas. It’s a rather transformative way of dressing, and wearing clothing with unknown past can add an element of mystique and excitement. Did my dress come from a specialty boutique store in England / France/ Spain/ Singapore from someone whose grandmother passed it on to her daughter to her daughter in the States who gave it to her friend who eventually donated it to this brick-and-mortar/online store?? Your dress has a story…
~TIP 2: If you’re looking for luxury items, the best place to look is online, not in store. Up to date items will be on sites such as Tradesy or The Real Real from sellers who want to get rid of relatively current items that they are tired of wearing. Chances are, you will find a plethora of very beautiful items marked down by 50-70% from retail prices just because they have been worn once or twice.
I’ve been wanting to start this series for some time now, to share a fashion hack/lifestyle that I hold very close to my heart…And that is the beautiful and completely inventive world of secondhand/reused clothing (both online and in-store). My “2ndhand Stories” will be all about that. It will showcase some of my favorite secondhand pieces as I post tips on how YOU can slowly transform your lifestyle into one of complete and utter savviness. For those of you wanting to minimize your carbon footprint all the while looking stylish, don’t forget that you will also be saving some money too.
And for the inaugural post for this fresh new series, I tried to incorporate a head-to-toe look (not including borrowed accessories) comprised of items I bought secondhand. You will be surprised at how fresh and of-the-moment the outfit feels despite some miles and years it has racked up. Please see below for outfit details.
~TIP 1: If you are nowhere near the reach of a physical thrift or consignment store, I highly suggest browsing online websites such as The Real Real, Poshmark, Tradesy, and eBay for hidden gems/good deals –these are some of my personal favorites (more details to come in future posts)~