I am on a pre-loved tear. I use to do a lot of thrift shopping when I lived in Seattle about a decade ago, and then I stepped away from it a bit and started buying more new clothes. For a while I was a big fan of Zara and also shopped quite a bit a H&M. Over the years though I have become more concerned with waste, over consumption and the impact that fast fashion has on the environment. That is not to say I will never buy a fast fashion piece again—it will just represent a lower percentage of my shopping over all. As I have stated before on the blog I do realize that for many people and in particular parents, that sometimes fast fashion is the only clothing that is affordable. I am hoping that fast fashion vendors will step up and reevaluate how they produce their clothes. In the meantime I will be shopping more pre-loved for the foreseeable future.
This whole look with the exception of the bag and jacket, is second hand. The bag is actually fast fashion and is from H&M. I bought it last summer for $29.99 and I think it looks much more expensive. It is still quite on trend and is perfect for the summer. I love the black and white palette and over-sized tassels. The top and pants I picked up a few weeks ago when my step family was visiting from Paris. My regular readers probably saw my Pre-loved shopping video, but my Parisian niece and I headed to Williamsburg in Brooklyn and hit up three thrift stores: Buffalo Exchange, Cross Roads and Beacons Closet. And the sandals I bought three years ago at the Beacons Closet in Park Slope which is also in Brooklyn. So nothing is new here…
I chose this peasant blouse as the whole embroidered boho hippie chic vibe is still having a moment. The crisp white and playful red caught my eye. It is light weight and super comfy and is from Calypso St Barth. I paired it with these wide legged jeans from The Loft (as are the sunnies) and I bought both pieces together. I thought they looked perfect together and I knew it would be a comfortable outfit for a super warm day. Though this day was not super hot, and even a bit cool so I threw on my denim jacket which totally did the job. I still love the distressed finish and the longer sleeves. I have had it for about seven years and it is from I Love H821. The sandals are from Very Volatile and for me it was a no brainer that these fringe kicks would finish off this boho look. My friend and I had a great time strolling about North Port and I even bought a second hand white dresser. Stay tuned for a future video to get a sneak peek!
Photos by Laura Peters. Art Direction, styling and image manipulation by yours truly.