Spring Colors :: Red coat & Ruffle shorts

by wendy

Happy Wednesday everyone!  A burst of spring colors today!

Jewel tones of rich ruby mixed with deep citrine.  I love every detail of this top and shorts set!  The corset style of the top paired with the high-waisted ruffles of the bottoms, I love that it’s so whimsical and fun.  Perfect for spring, summer, and layered over a turtleneck without the shorts for fall and winter.

Talking about spring… it brings me to the subject of spring cleaning!  One of my shopping secrets is that I re-home a lot (a lot!) of my clothes, bags, shoes, and accessories.  This happens at least twice a year and I always look to buy pre-loved pieces.  I love visiting vintage stores and shopping on consignment sites.  I’m actually very familiar with buying and selling, because I was a huge Ebay-er back in the day.  I think shopping on luxury secondhand sites can be very daunting, but if you get the hang of it, it’s a lot of fun!  Now is actually a really good time, because it’s spring cleaning time.  People are going through their closets and selling, which means it’s a good time to catch a great item at a great price.

I have a few shopping tips just in case you’re interested in buying pre-loved pieces:

–  Start out with a specific brand or a few brands that you like and are familiar with current and estimated past pricing (spend time researching and price checking the items that you’re interested in).  For me, it’s Burberry.  I always always look for Burberry pieces.  I have a soft spot for the Burberry Prorsum 2010, 2012, and 2013 collections.  And I specifically hunt for past Burberry jackets and coats (for example, this red trench is from the Burberry Prorsum spring/summer 2013 collection).

–  Start out with a specific category.  I started with bags.  After I got comfortable navigating and shopping on different consignment sites, I moved to jackets/coats and vintage earrings and rings.

–  Invest in those pieces.  It’s helpful if you have a wishlist in mind.  And shop on sites that have a return policy (just in case if things don’t fit right or if sizing is off).

–  If you haven’t touched that bag, that pair of gently worn shoes, that necklace you bought a few years ago, that coat, etc… take a look at it again and if there’s still no spark of love there, sell it.  Most consignment sites will also buy.  Personally, I use the Real Real.  They do home pickups or you can mail your box of clothes/etc. to them for an evaluation.

–  Sites that I check regularly: The Real Real (for jackets/coats, bags, and vintage earrings and rings), Fashionphile (for bags and I got my Dior bag there), and Trendlee (love browsing their Chanel collection).

Thank you so much for your kind words on my last blog post!  I truly believe in restyling, editing, and reinvesting.  I hope this post was helpful.  If you have any questions about consignment, buying/selling, pre-loved, please let me know!

As always, thank you so much for reading!

:: Outfit ::

T O P ::  Burberry red trench | Marissa Webb top
B O T T O M ::  Marissa Webb shorts
B A G ::  Givenchy bag
SH O E S ::  Stuart Weitzman nude sandals (similar Steve Madden under $80)
A C C E S S O R I E S ::  Karen Walker sunglasses | Catbird chocker