A Beachy Pre-Loved Look For an Early Summer Day

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.


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  1. June 17, 2019 / 11:20 am

    oh wish I had time to check these stores while I was in New York but also proud I didn’t shop. You look great, love this top so much.


  2. June 17, 2019 / 1:50 pm

    Pre-loved is a great way to be more sustainable when it comes to our wardrobes. I’m also trying to stay away from fast fashion as much as possible now and if I do acquire any pieces, I will make sure they are classic in style rather than trendy so that I can wear them for a long time.

  3. June 17, 2019 / 5:29 pm

    Oh very cute style darling
    Great jacket

    *Please don´t publish LINKS on my blog

  4. June 17, 2019 / 7:43 pm

    This look is fabulous, I love your bag! I moved out of the city but really miss Buffalo Exchange, it’s really the best. Also check out L Train Vintage on Grand Ave, they have really cute and affordable vintage!
    New England Romance

  5. June 17, 2019 / 9:41 pm

    Great outfit. Really nice to wore them in summer. Just add colors and ready. Love it. The sandals looks absolutely comfy.

  6. June 18, 2019 / 9:40 am

    so stunning boho outfit – I am crazy about your top xx

  7. June 18, 2019 / 10:15 am

    I love the handbag! It definitely looks way nicer than what it was priced at!

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  8. June 18, 2019 / 1:40 pm

    You and me both, girlfriend- I have been snapping up so many secondhand + vintage pieces lately! I love this look on you- that top is so pretty!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  9. June 18, 2019 / 7:15 pm

    Hello allie
    Looking at your clothes I will not say that it is in second hand !!
    You look beautiful and elegant and the bag is perfect !!


  10. June 19, 2019 / 12:21 am

    oh wow, great thrifts! loving everything you’re wearing but especially eyeing that beautiful bag

  11. June 19, 2019 / 2:32 am

    That boho top is so nice for summer and looks great with the double denim! 🙂 I buy second hand more than full-price now, but it does mean I am shopping less as I find it tricky getting time to opshop with the kids in tow, haha! It’s good for my wallet I guess, less time to shop means less buying 😉

    Hope your week is going well 🙂 It’s colder again here, back to feeling like winter after our summer-like heatwave last week!


  12. June 19, 2019 / 2:57 am

    I must admit that I buy a lot from H&M in the past too but these days I buy clothes that I know will last and I can wear for both work and social. I don’t have much clothes but I wear the hell out of the ones I own.

  13. Yiota
    June 19, 2019 / 5:19 am

    I love this bag, it’s so versatile and can be worn with so many outfits!!


  14. June 19, 2019 / 11:24 am

    Dear Allie, it speaks again in your favour that you now shop in this conscious way and the pre-loved pieces you show here are fantastic and also the bag from H&M you bought last year. I wish really I had your blouse in my closet!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  15. June 19, 2019 / 6:10 pm

    Oh, what a simple, yet so stunning outfit. It looks very comfy and stylish. i especially love the breezy blouse and sandals.
    Thanks for sharing!

    Lots of love ♥ January Girl

  16. June 20, 2019 / 2:06 am

    What a great summer look! I would definitely go for something similar for easy summer days.
    I’m also with you and haven’t shopped fast fashion for myself for a while (I did get vb x target though). Otherwise I’m buying very little for myself and trying to reign it in for the kids too. limit waste!

  17. June 20, 2019 / 5:49 am

    Beautiful outfit, it really suits you! I love how so much of it is pre-loved too, its so much better for the environment and you know you can feel better about buying clothes when you know you’re giving them a new life! Awesome post, thanks for sharing!


  18. June 20, 2019 / 10:37 am

    Hey Allie, hope you’re having a wonderful week!

    I am happy to read that many of us are concerned about the big amount of clothes we’re consuming. I feel that nowadays we’re have many options to expand our fashion consumption to other possibilities.

    Love this outfit, looks like something from a summer fashion editorial and all those pieces are very versatile by themselves, you have endless possibilities for other outfit options 😉

    Best regards and thanks for your constant support!

  19. June 20, 2019 / 1:45 pm

    I really like this look on you. Fab top and jeans. The bag looks lovely as well. You look very pretty and chic.
    What you said about fast fashion resonates with my thoughts of late. I was always drawn to vintage and second fashion items but more for their uniqueness. It is only in the last few years that I started realizing how bad fast fashion really is.

  20. June 20, 2019 / 4:43 pm

    I love this look on you. This blouse is so pretty and perfect for summer. It’s the kind of piece I love to wear in summer.
    and you made such interesting thoughts about fast fashion. I’m also starting to think I should not spend as much in clothes.

  21. June 20, 2019 / 6:21 pm

    A gorgeous look and certainly a fan of the bag that’s for sure. You look beautiful.
    Laura xo

  22. June 20, 2019 / 8:57 pm

    I LOVE to buy pre-loved things. You can find real gems and special pieces you wouldn’t find in the fast fashion chains. Every time I travel I also check on the thrift shops in the cities I travel to. It’s so exciting to shop pre-loved pieces in other countries too. Thanks for this great post. Well done! You really rocked this look.
    Have a great weekend dear.

    lots of love, Miri

  23. June 20, 2019 / 9:02 pm

    I am loving that top, and that bag <3

    xx Alyssa | STYLE VANITY

  24. June 22, 2019 / 1:22 am

    I try not to spend that much on clothes. You look so beautiful!

  25. June 24, 2019 / 7:33 pm

    You look amazing Allie. Loving the boho-vibe about the top. Great ensemble here! I agree with you on fast fashion. I don’t think I can give up on it entirely, but yeah gotta minimize it.


  26. June 28, 2019 / 7:16 pm

    I’m loving this pre-loved outfit for summer! The wide leg jeans look great on you Allie, and I love the bag too. The little boho touches throughout the outfit are perfect!

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net

  27. July 9, 2019 / 6:27 pm

    Vintage clothes are of higher quality than their current counterparts.
    And vintage shopping is a lot more fun than going to the mall and racking up a credit card.
    You never know what you’ll find. Like a dresser?!!


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