I wear these classic designer bracelets almost daily. They are so classic and versatile! The lighter brown wrap bracelet is Hermes, and I got it from Poshmark for $50! Bracelets like this retail brand new for around $300-400. The darker brown clasp bracelet is from Louis Vuitton, and is called the Historic Mini Monogram bracelet. This one retails for $270. The origin of this one is a littler more mysterious... My husband brought it back for me from an international work trip, but he didn't have a box, bag, anything. He refuses to tell me how we got it! I'm thinking he found it laying somewhere...but we will never know haha. Anyway!
When you aren't buying designer items straight from the source, you always want to take extra care you are purchasing an authentic item. Here are a few quick things I look for when authenticating secondhand designer jewelry pieces:
1. Even, ConSistent Stitching
Quality control is high in luxury brands such as Hermes and Louis Vuitton. Stitching will always be evenly spaced and straight.
2. Straight Stamps
Many designer jewelry pieces will be stamped or engraved. Look for these details because if there are no stamps or engravings, it is provably fake. These stamps/engravings should be straight, deep, and consistent, even if they are on the inside and not visible when worn.
3. Country Of Origin
Do research on where the designer brand typically creates their jewelry pieces. It is probably not China. After doing some research I found that Louis Vuitton often makes their jewelry pieces in Spain, as seen below.
Overall, the piece should feel heavy and as if it is made of sturdy materials.
These are details I am usually looking for when buying secondhand jewelry. Hermes can be difficult to authenticate more so than other designer items because they often lack a lot of stamping or engraving. Real Authentication is a great tool to find out if your designer items are indeed authentic. You upload pictures and within a couple days they let you know whether the item is indeed authentic or not, which I highly recommend if you intend to resell these items.
I did a little digging and found a number of similar Hermes and Louis Vuitton secondhand bracelets below at killer deals! A lot of these are under $100! They are sold through Vestiaire Collective and are authenticated. Just click the picture to see more details of them!
$70+ is still so much money to drop on jewelry, so I have found a couple dupes from Amazon that look very similar to the designer leather bracelets above!
A designer belt is a great way to posh up a bread and butter outfit. The last two designer belts I've purchased was a GG Gucci belt from an outlet mall...
...and the one I most recently bought is a black elastic Prada waist belt for under $40 off Poshmark!
The thing these belts both have in common is that they were wayyy too big when I originally bought them. You can get a lot of clothing items altered, but the great thing about belts is that they are so easy to alter yourself, or super cheap to take into a cobbler! The Gucci belt was way too long, so I took it into a shoe cobbler who only charged me $5 to add a couple more holes and trim the end of the belt off.
The Prada belt consists of an elastic piece that I had to take about six inches of material away from. I didn't want to actually cut up the elastic band in the event I wanted to do anything different with the belt in the future (or gained weight lol) so what I did is, I sewed u where I would want the belt to end with dental floss, then sewed down the ends for a cleaner look. Almost looks like a bow!
A great way to find some killer designer deals is to start looking outside your usual size!
Yesterday I was walking through downtown San Francisco when I popped into Banana Republic to glance through clearance. I was shocked to find these adorable pendant letter necklaces for under $10! (plus I used my BR card so I got an extra 10% off!) These are so in right now! They are perfect for your own initial, or maybe your spouses or kids. I got super lucky because the store I was in only had the "S" and "E" letters, but there are a lot more available online! They are final sale, so make sure to scoop up your letter now before they sell out! You can shop directly below by just clicking on the picture!
The Burberry nova check pattern is classic and so recognizable. It is also preppy chic and will really elevate your outfit! I always totally related to Blair Waldorf, so I've naturally been growing my own headband collection. I'd been on the hunt for a nova check Burberry headband, and came across this one listed for $50 + free shipping on Mercari. I offered $42 and the buyer accepted! Such a steal for a designer headband in excellent condition.
It's hard to come across authentic designer pieces online, but I actually found two super similar Burberry headbands through The Real Real that you can shop below! They have their own authentication experts so you know you are getting the real deal. Plus TRR is having 20% off with the code REAL right now! These are the only two being offered on the site right now, so I recommend scooping it up before someone else!
But I totally get that spending that much money on one single headband can be out of reach. Below I've linked some other cute plaid check alternatives that also give some serious Burberry vibes! You can shop by just clicking the pics below.
Aritzia Wilfred Ruched Dress [new, $18] St. John Cardigan [secondhand, $18] Nude Block Heel Flats [new, $50] Ralph Lauren Leather Crossbody [secondhand, $1]
I'm not too adventurous when it comes to my outfits or accessories, I like classic and versatile pieces I can mix and match. When it comes to my hair I'm the same way! My favorite hair accessory right now is a tortoise clip or barrette. It's a very easy accessory that goes with any color you are wearing, and very timeless! It gives off a total Audrey vibe.
I've linked a lot of really cute tortoise hair accessories at really great prices below, a lot of which are on sale! The first one below from Banana Republic below I also have, and it is actually a ponytail holder that goes around your hair! It is a really great way to spice up a simple pony. Scroll through the pieces below and just click on any of the pictures you are interested in buying!
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- Marie Claire, September 2016