Happy Friday and start to the long holiday weekend!
Last week I shared a blog post rounding up and sharing all the deets on my IG outfits and I briefly mentioned the new Burberry red t-shirt that I had thrifted (which was my first time ever finding Burberry out in the wild!) For this blog post I thought I would share more up close pics of the top and some tips for how I was able to authenticate it to make sure I was getting the real deal! Keep scrolling for more!
Burberry V-Neck Nova Check T-Shirt [secondhand, $6] Banana Republic Mini Skirt [new, $15] Nordstrom Block Heel Flats [new, $50] Burberry Nova Check Scarf [secondhand, $30] Chanel Cat Eye Sunnies [secondhand, $30]
So I actually found this top while I was away from home visiting my family in Northern California. I wanted to hit up a few thrift stores in the area that I knew were in close donating proximity of nice areas (helloooo wine country). The Napa goodwill did not disappoint! Not only did I find this perfect Burberry piece that fit me perfectly, but a few other great pieces to resell (like St. John :D) I have definitely come across a number of counterfeits at thrift stores so I did a few quick checks while still in the aisle to make sure I was not wasting money on something fake.
1. Look At The Details
I've found that when finding designer items at the thrift, either the items are super gaudy, over kill on the details, and just overall very fake looking or they go the other direction and are so lacking of any typical brand detail it is also a red flag. From experience with Burberry t-shrits I know they typically have their knight logo, which I found on the bottom hem of the top.
2. Check the Inner Tags
When buying a high end item not from a traditional store, I always inspect the inside tag because it will be very detailed, consistent, and include an item number that you should always google to ensure similar items pop up. From my experience with designer items, the designer name will be on the tag and they are typically made up of a more higher end material than other lower end brands, like more silky. On a side note, Burberry items not made in England is not a red flag! Burberry has factories in a number of countries depending on the line they are producing, and as you can see my top was made in Portugal.
3. Look At Overall Quality
Because these are higher end brands, the quality levels are much higher than you would find in low and even mid end brands. Stitching will be straight and consistent, and materials should feel sturdy and high quality. Look over the seams around the neck, arms, and down the sides, and ensure any sewn on items or accessories are straight and adjoined well.
Thanks so much for reading, and I hope some of these tips will help you authenticate your own great finds! If you have your own tips for authenticating designer items or thrifting in general, leave a comment to help a girl out!
I know I've been a little MIA on the blog, but I've been so busy on the boutique and the "reselling 101" section of Fancy Free (check it out above!). Plus I went on a mini vacay to help my brother move into college so there is that *cry face* But I've been trying to be as active as possible on IG (follow me if you're not doing that already!) and thought I would share all the deets on my outfits in my recent posts and how I got everything so cheap! Keep scrolling!
Dress: I LOVE this dress! I seriously feel like Cinderella every time I wear it. It's so flowy and comfy but classic and a tad sexy. It is actually from the Xhiliration juniors brand from Target, which I don't usually pick up. But I tried on this $12 clearance dress and just had to have it!
Bag: The bag is a Goodwill find during one of my local Goodwill's $1 tag days. It is Ralph Lauren and 100% leather, so it is such a sturdy bag! It had barely been worn, however some of the material around where the strap and bag connect is coming apart so I will be taking it in to be fixed. Aside from that it was such an amazing deal for a bag that regularly retails between $200-$300!
Shoes: These Banana Republic slip on wedges are another Goodwill find for $6! (Sounds like a lot to me when I am used to picking up $1 items, I almost put them back thinking they were "too much!") They are so comfy and easy to wear. They are just as easy to put on as flip flops, but really elevate an outfit!
Sunglasses: You guys have seen these quite a bit, I think they are just so classic! I got them from Off 5th (where Saks items that don't sell go) brand new for $160. Yes pricey, but they are so well made, go with everything, and were originally over $400! Sometimes you have to pay more for items that last.
Dress: I am LOVING wrap dresses lately because they are classic, so easy to wear, and aren't so tight that you feel uncomfortable. This dress I found at the Banana Republic Factory Store that was marked down on clearance to $30. There was an additional 30% off clearance and I also had a $5 reward from my BR credit card, so this cute floral piece only set me back $15!
Shoes: These navy suede Nine West bootie heels are perfect for a date night! These are a thrifted item that I just recently got from the Salvation Army. I originally picked these up for $3 to resell, but they fit like a glove so here we are. My Salvation Army doesn't always have the greatest selection of shoes, but they are all priced at $3 so when I do find a cute pair I scoop them up!
Sweater: This sleeveless Tahari sweater vest was a Goodwill find! I found it during my local Goodwill's $1 tag day, and as so many items in my closet it was intended to be resold but c'est la vie. I love this as a transitional piece into Fall because it is sleeveless so not too warm but still gives a cozy autumn vibe!
Jeans: Target really came through on these jeans! I had been looking around for a pair of cropped, high waisted jeans because they are classic and add some sophistication to an outfit. These are from the A New Day line and were on clearance for $14. I also got 5% because I have the Target Red debit card.
Top: This black Ann Taylor top is so soft and cute (those flare sleeves!) and is super transitional so I wear it dressed up or down quite often. Another $1 Goodwill tag day find!
Shoes: These Steve Madden platform sandals were thrifted from Savers for $15. I don't loooove Savers because they try to do my job and price up items depending on their brand. But these were practically brand new and for my own closet that price is quite good. They add some sexiness to an outfit with the height but are so easy to wear.
Bag: Okay you have probably seen a lot of this Goyard tote bag that I got from Savers for $6. I had never heard of this brand before so you can imagine my shock when I looked up the comps! I shared some about in on my IG stories, and I had all intentions of selling it but once I knew how fancy it was I just didn't have the heart to.
Sunglasses: I've shared a lot about these beautiful Chanel cat eye boy sunglasses, but if you are new: I won them within the last ten seconds of an eBay auction (yes I'm that jerk) for $30! Thats like 1/15th the retail price. It didn't come with the box and have a few minor scratches but for that price how could you not??
Top: This t-shirt was my FIRST EVER Burberry find at a thrift shop! And yeah it was my size so it's mine. It is in perfect condition without staining or pilling. You can't see so well in the photo, but it has the classic Burberry nova check around the neckline. It was only $5!
Blazer: This blazer was one of the first items I bought off of Poshmark. It is H&M and I paid $20. I love the nautical theme of the jacket (anchors on the buttons) and that the color goes so well with practically any other color. I can throw this on over a t-shirt or tank and it automatically upgrades my outfit!
Skirt: I think this skirt is the first thing in this post I bought at a store that wasn't a thrift or factory store. Shocker! But, I did purchase it for a really great deal. Gap was having a deal at the time that offered anything in the store buy one get one for half off. Even clearance! I picked up this skirt and a sweater for $15, putting this skirt at only $7.50 brand new!
Top: I love this Banana Republic factory top because I think the style is just very classic + so easy to wear. I actually got this top for $0 (!!) after utilizing a $10 when the top was already on clearance for less than $10. So with taxes I paid nothing!
Pants: These navy ankle pants are fantastic because they are timeless and go with so much plus they are stretchy and comfy like I'm wearing leggings. Win win!
Shoes: Aside from the previously mentioned Gap skirt, these were also bought at a "regular" store. I picked these up at Nordstrom Rack for $50, which does sound like more than I typically spend for pretty much anything but they are really a wardrobe staple that goes with everythinggg. I like the block heel because it is preppy but also so easy to walk in. I get so many compliments on them!
Bag: So the jury is still out regarding whether this beautifullll bag is legit Hermes. I found it at a thrift store for $4. Maybe that should be my first clue? Anyway, it just looks and feels (and smells!) real and instead of getting it authenticating I like to walk around with it feeling special than find out the truth.
If you are not yet, make sure to follow me on Instagram. My username is @fancyfreeblog and you can also visit my IG site through my social media links at the top of this page! I share more outfit details there that don't always make it to the blog, along with how I pick up some pieces so cheap. Make sure to leave any comments or questions below!
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