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!
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