It should come as no surprise to anyone that since I am spending 3-4 days a week in a thrift store for business, I am also finding pieces for my own personal wardrobe. Like, a lot of pieces. Including this beautiful Missoni waist tie dress in their classic multi colored stripe pattern. If you were to peek through Missoni's website, you would see that these dresses cost thousands of dollars! I've linked a few below just so you believe me, not because I actually want you to spend that type of money on a dress...
Now that I've shocked your senses, keep scrolling to see how much I paid for mine!
Missoni Dress [secondhand, $8.50] Marc Fisher Navy Block Heels [secondhand, $6.99] Givenchy Clutch Bag [secondhand, $50] Gucci Clubmaster Sunglasses [new, $160] Louis Vuitton Leather Bracelet [secondhand, gift] Chanel Dangle Earrings [secondhand, gift] Hermes Wrap Bracelet [secondhand, $50]
Outfit Total: $275.49
Honestly, my intention was to sell this dress, but once I found a few snags on it I decided to not sell and keep it for myself *poor me* It's nothing a few pieces of thread wouldn't fix! I really love this dress because the pattern is fun while still maintaining a really classic silhouette. I've found a couple secondhand Missoni pieces at a fraction of the retail price below (all under $50!), just click to shop directly!
My favorite shoe right now is definitely a block heel. I think the look is very retro and classic + the thicker heel makes it soooo much easier to go out in versus a stiletto. I'm definitely seeing this style become more popular in stores, but honestly in my opinion these are not a trend but a wardrobe staple that you will be able to wear for years. I've known the Marc Fisher brand from higher end department stores and finding a few pairs to resell here and there, but when I found my favorite type of show in my favorite color for under seven dollars I knew they were mine! I have found similar shoes from Marc Fisher that are on sale if you are looking to add this staple to your own closet! In my opinion these shoes run true to size.
My bag is a Givenchy piece that also has a detachable strap. I scored this on Mercari for a steal, and you can read more about how I got it / authenticated it in my blog post HERE.
These designer bracelets are my every day pieces that I love for dressing up simple outfits. The dark leather bracelet is Louis Vuitton and was brought back for me by my hubs after a business trip (love ya :*) and the Hermes wrap bracelet I scored on Poshmark!
Ahhh, my absolute hands down favorite item in my jewelry box right now! I am so proud of Bjorn because I told him I wanted dangle Chanel earrings for my birthday, signed him up for Poshmark, gave him some pointers and examples, and let him loose! Did he do amazing or what?? They are so classic and neutral for practically any outfit but still add a pop of something special. I LOVE them! When you but secondhand anything off the internet, you always have to be aware that there are fakes out there and should know how to be on the lookout for counterfeit items. Here are a few tips I have for authenticating Chanel earrings when purchasing online:
1. Chanel earrings will have stamps of authenticity on the back, so make sure to ask the buyer for a photo of the back along with what season they are from so you can cross reference the season of the earrings with the stamps used during this time period.
2. Chanel costume jewelry is made with sturdy metals that should very sound and not flimsy or breakable.
3. These pieces are expensive at retail, so everything should be perfect. No smudging, crookedness, etc .
4. Google to see if there were similar pieces to this made by Chanel.
5. Look at the seller's other items for sale and reviews to see if they have satisfied costumers of other designer items and if they are reputable.
It's pretty tricky to find anything Chanel at reasonable prices, but I've found a couple of other really cute secondhand Chanel earrings at a much lower price below!
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