Designer brands to look for at thrift shops

thrifting blogger in Casual Friday attire with blazer, button-down, necklace, jeans and booties

How women shop

Unless you are a heiress, married rich, won the lottery or became a billionair due your own hard work, you don’t buy a $4000 designer bag, a pair of $2000 shoes and a $5000 coat on a Saturday shopping trip on 5th Avenue or Avenue des Champs Elysées. Most likely, just doing one of those purchuases would automatically block your credit card.

No, I don’t envy them and you shouldn’t either. When someone pays 100 times the taxes you pay, a $1000 item is like a $10 item. If you like it, you buy it. That’s what the Rich do too. And,it’s good that they buy these products. They keep well skilled craft(wo)men at work and preserve the art of high-end fashion and Haute Couture. Or high-end fashion as an art? Anyhow. When you buy your $10 item, you help someone somewhere making a living. And always remember

Style is not defined by money, but how you edit and wear you clothes. #personalstyle Click To Tweet

… and yes, some of the expensive designer brands make their way to a thrift-store for a second time around.  Who of us doesn’t love recycling and being resourceful. One woman’s trash is another’s treasure.

over 50 years old fashion blogger in business casual look with thrifted boots
details of statement belt and pearl necklace

How to get designer clothes on a budget

Most of us are on a budget fashion-wise. However, this doesn’t mean that we can’t get the one other high fashion item on a budget. There are two legal ways to adding designer pieces to your wardrobe.

  • Saving for the lust piece by putting a fraction of the monthly fashion budget aside,
  • Or buying them second hand in a conseignment or thrift store or online on eBay and alike.

Actually, I do both.

Unlike in a regular store, you cannot go in to buy a particular item. It’s no secret to score high on eBay requires patiences. Scoring high in a conseignment store or thrift-store requires regular browsing. It can be time consuming unless you apply some time-saving strategies for thrifting.

Know your personal style

Like you try to avoid mistakes when shopping the sales, it’s important to know when to splurge or bargain. Only buy items that fit you and your personal style. Otherwise you end up with a stuffed closet and you are not wearing the clothes you have. Reacll:

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It doesn’t matter that that Chanel skirt suit is $200 when you are a California Casual or Bohemian Style gal. It also doesn’t do you any good, when it is too tight or two sizes too large. In these cases, alterations are impossible.

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style blogger Nicole posing for the LOTD in blue and gray pieces

Nicole of High Latitude Style in business casual with mix of conseigned and first hand clothes
Details: Anne Klein blazer, statement belt and Escada denim boots (all eBay finds), Oliveo chambray shirt, pearl beaded necklace (all own) and bootcut jeans c/o Ethyl Clothing

Designers worth buying

Here is a list of my favorite designers I look for when shopping second hand. They are listed in no particular order, but alphabetic so you can easily check them when browsing. Note that when they are second hand, they still have different price tags attached like they did when they were new.

  • Anne Klein
  • Ann Taylor
  • Balenciaga
  • Banana Republic
  • Bottega Veneta
  • Burberry
  • Calvin Klein
  • Diane von Fürstenberg
  • DKNY
  • Eli Tahari
  • Ellen Tracy
  • Escada
  • Fendi
  • GAP
  • Hermès
  • J. Crew
  • Jones New York
  • Lauren Ralph Lauren
  • Liz Claiborne
  • Michael Kors
  • Michael Michael Kors
  • Missoni
  • Oscar de la Renta
  • Prada
  • Talbots
  • Tracy Reese
  • Ralph Lauren
  • Stella McCartney
  • Tory Burch
  • Valentino Red
  • Vera Wang
  • Vince
  • 3.1 Philip Lim

Get the list as a cheat sheet to put into your purse or bookmark this post in your browser to have it handy next time you are looking for second-hand clothing.

Gallery of outfits with second hand finds

Outfits with second hand Anne Klein scarves and blazers

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Outfits with Burberry finds

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Outfits with Prada finds

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P.S. Like these looks ideas? If so, please feel free to pin them to your own Pinterest board.

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Disclosure: I was not paid for mentioning the designers/brands listed and I am not affiliated with them. There are many others who are worth buying second hand that are not listed. All opinions are my own and as usual 100% honest.

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4 thoughts on “Designer brands to look for at thrift shops

  1. I do both of wha tyou mentioned Nicole.I save up for an item and also look for it on consignment or Ebay.. found lots of deals that way. I love your blazer, chambray and denim look here!
    thanks for linking!
    jess xx

  2. Hello Nicole and two things. Thank you for the award last week – so very pleased and honoured. Also I do agree that you can get some fab outfits in thrift stores (charity shops in the UK). Here in the UK I’ve managed to find several Karen Millen outfits (nearly a designer) and I have bought a Michael Kors coat in TKMaxx – that was one great bargain.

    Loving the eye makeup btw. Also sorry I haven’t ‘liked’ recently. WordPress is playing up a bit and not letting me like some blogs, even when I sign in – so annoying. Because I do really like your posts x

  3. I usually do not even look at the tag to see who made it if I like the item and it fits. Actually going thrifting tomorrow for the first time in a while, I wonder what I may find..

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