Classic Secondhand Picks

So much of what's fun about shopping secondhand is the hunt for the perfect gem! Because I love classic style - silhouettes, colors, and fabrics that withstand the test of time - I can always find something I love when I go back through history to add to my wardrobe. I'm lucky to live in an area that is rich in quality secondhand and vintage shopping options; however, it is easier than ever to find that perfect piece the world around these days.  

Historically, secondhand shopping online wasn't terribly fruitful because many shops didn't feel it was time well spent to post a single item on a website when it would need to be taken down as soon as it sold.  But since that process has gotten easier, I find that there is a depth of secondhand treasures to be found online. Today, let's take a look at a few items I'm currently loving.

1. Wool Suit Shift by Yoshi Yamamoto from Decades $750


Located in Los Angeles, Decades is probably the best place to find jaw-dropping vintage couture. I love menswear, so this suit dress is a no-brainer for my classic wardrobe. Stripes get wider and narrower year over year, yet the narrow but mighty pinstripe remains a conservative workwear staple.  I also love garments that can transition from season to season, so this dress definitely gets my vote in that category.  

2. Asymmetrical Dress by James Galanos from Decades $250


I love the simplicity of the cut of this dress.  It could easily be dressed up or down, which makes it a solid investment piece for any wardrobe.  A lot of times, an asymmetrical line on a garment can make the garment appear trendy or dated; however, if used sparingly, and as the only statement element of a garment, asymmetry can easily withstand the test of time.

3. Striped Sweater by Isabel Marant from Julianna Heale $240 (approx)


Well, gosh! This is an easy piece to love. If this sweater doesn't have you ready to sip a glass of champagne by the seaside, I'm not sure what will. This piece is such an easy way to elevate a casual springtime look, and a perfect layering piece for travel. It won't ever look out of style.

4. Japan Dress by Boutique Nicole at Scout $248


This dress has all the right pieces to make it an easy classic.  Simplicity reigns, and the details are timeless.  Everything I already said about asymmetry applies here, too. Honestly, who would dispute the notion that any little black dress is going to be a questionable investment?

5. Valentina Florals Bag at LaisVintage $61.59


I haven't made a purchase from this Etsy shop, but I've had my eye on so many of the seller's beautiful vintage and vintage-inspired items. There really isn't anything I wouldn't love to call me own in the entire shop. Florals are often out of my comfort zone; however, accessories are a way I enjoy brining them into my look in small doses. Needlepoint isn't for everyone; however, the true vintage aficionado will know that a little kick of needlepoint in any outfit is a wonderful way to add a nostalgic touch without looking overly outdated.

6. Shelburne Flap Bag by Coach at DearGolden $84 


This bag is an obvious classic no matter your style.  Coach is an iconic American brand, and this particular shape has definitely withstood the test of time. This is such a great daytime bag; why aren't I buying it already? This bag won't be going out of style any time soon.

7. Patent Penny Loafers by L. K. Bennett at ReLove $45


Three cheers for loafers! Loafers have been kicking it (pun intended) for a very long time. They are one of the cutest ways to be sensible about your footwear. Black and white is a great combo. You can dress these up, dress them down, and honestly, you could pair them with any of the other items in this post and look fantastic.

Happy secondhand shopping, everyone!