Hello, hello! Happy International Women’s Day!
When I realized yesterday that today would be International Women’s Day, I thought about if I should write a post dedicated it, or do something to recognize the day. Honestly, I came up short. But, that’s alright. I think that by doing what I do every day (work hard, pursue my passions, love people, and speak up against injustice) that I’m representing and strengthening women in my own way. There’s so much work to be done, and I want to be a part of that – but none of us can be perfect on any given day.
I did realize, however, that in a way this post is supporting women. Several of the items here were purchased from secondhand shops owned and run by women! So, that’s pretty cool.
I’m still purchasing clothes strictly secondhand, and, frankly, loving it. I think I’m going to continue this pattern the best that I can even beyond March. It’s money saving, sustainable, and fun. Hard to ask for more.
I’ve recently been experimenting with Instagram shops, which was a little scary at first. However, half the items here were purchased this way, and I love them. The first item was this jacket (above). I was in need of a casual semi-warm coat, and this one seemed to fit the bill! I found it on the Instagram shop Stylish Treasures. This shop always has such great things, but usually they aren’t in my size, as she tends to stock mostly medium/large and shoe size 8+. When I do see something my size, I definitely perk up! Brandi is quick to send the invoice and to ship, and you’ll likely have your item within a couple of days!
The hood on the coat is a little big for my head, but overall the jacket fits and does what I need it to do!
This buffalo check Madewell vest was also a Stylish Treasures find. It’s a tad too tight around the chest to zip up comfortably, but I generally wear vests open. It’s more of a fall/winter piece, and although we’re moving into spring, I know I’ll get a lot of wear out of it in the future. It’s really warm, and lined with faux sheepskin. The cream Gap sweater was another Instagram shop find, via Thrifted By Alex. As I mentioned on Monday, simple pullover sweaters are my jam – this one is ultra soft, and fits a little more cropped. I’ve worn it a ton since I received it!
Slowre is an online secondhand shop run by Grechen of Grechen’s Closet. She graciously sent me a $25 off code, which I used for a simple black V-neck Everlane tee shirt (not pictured) and this beautiful Hackwith Design House Carol top. Unfortunately the Hackwith top is too big (it’s a one size style) – I’m on the fence about whether I should take it to a tailor, alter it myself, or resell it. Thoughts? It’s certainly beautiful and would be a perfect spring/summer top for the office.
Then of course I hit up my favorite downtown Buffalo Exchange a couple weeks ago, picking up this Cloth & Stone chambray shirt, Zara striped top and Halogen green short sleeve blouse. All three have the perfect drape and movement to them, which is something I really like in a top. I like it to be structured, but feel flowy. Does that make sense? The striped top is a little low cut, but I may add a button to make it more office-friendly. I’ve been wearing it a ton on the weekends – it’s a style that I’ve been hunting for for a while, and I’m so happy I found it!
Has anyone else come across any great secondhand finds lately? Honestly, I haven’t had this much fun shopping & adding to my wardrobe in a while. I feel like I’m starting to hit my stride with my personal style, and had almost no buyer’s remorse in a few months, which is pretty amazing for me!