7 Websites To Shop Secondhand Designer Clothing

Filling up your closet with high-end designer goods feels like an incredible indulgence…But it doesn’t have to be expensive! The secondhand clothing market has made luxury clothing more accessible without losing the beauty, quality, sophistication, and rarity found with the designer clothing market. Plus, when you shop secondhand, you don’t just upgrade your wardrobe, but you also help to reduce textile waste and boost environmental sustainability!

There are hundreds of websites and stores you can find secondhand or “preloved” designer clothing. But they’re not all created equal. You want to ensure you’re getting the highest quality clothing at the right price with the best possible service. When choosing stores to shop secondhand, you want to look at: 

  • Designer and brand options 
  • Clothing selection process (read: How To Buy Quality Clothing Like An Expert Designer)
  • Cleaning process
  • Price
  • Seller (direct from individual or through consignment shop) 
  • Payment protection
  • Returns policy 
  • Reviews, ratings, and community 

There are a lot of variables, and you want to be positive you’re getting authentic clothes while protecting your wallet. So we’ve made it easy for you! We’ve done the research to make it simple to shop secondhand designer clothing!

-Check out our top 7 websites where you can buy the best pre-loved designer goods!

Read6 Reasons Why Pre-loved Fashion Is The Hottest Craze

1. Current Boutique

Current Boutique is the best place to find pre-loved designer items at a major discount. Whether you’re looking for a Louis Vuitton investment bag, a Theory dress, or a Vince sweater, Current Boutique carries all of your favorite brands. From apparel to accessories and beyond, Current Boutique always comes out on top as the fashion lover’s choice for secondhand shopping. Women continuously come back to Current Boutique—some clients for more than a decade—because of the incredible community and gorgeous fashion aesthetic the brand offers. 

Girls especially love to shop secondhand our site because we use “heart” symbols to tell you what’s special about an item. So you might see a heart that says the fabric type, or if it’s a top pick amongst our staff, or if the item is new with tags. This is a great way to browse by your interests and the hottest items Current Boutique has available! 

Some of the perks of shopping with Current Boutique:

  • Free shipping on all orders (no minimums!) 
  • 3-5 day U.S. shipping (get your goods fast!) 
  • Authenticity guarantee, backed by expert authenticators and inspectors (you’re getting the real stuff) 
  • Hassle-free returns policy (love everything in your closet)
  • Major discounts on original retail price ($$$)
  • Large assortment of designers and brands from moderate to luxury (find everything you want and more)

Shop online or stop into one of our four experience-driven storefronts to see what we’re all about! You can find us in Bethesda, MD, Arlington, VA, Washington, DC (Logan Circle), and Old Town Alexandria, VA. 

2. The RealReal

The RealReal is a luxury consignment shop that authenticates every single piece that comes through their doors. They accept high-end and luxury brands like Chanel, Gucci, Hermes, and Louis Vuitton. They consign moderate-to-high designers as well, like Alice + Olivia and Michael Kors, but they usually stick to the higher price point spectrum. But with up to 90% off retail price, The RealReal is an awesome site if you’re looking to splurge—without feeling like you’re splurging. 

We especially love that The RealReal has a team of in-house experts to inspect the authenticity of the goods they put in their store. This ensures you’re not just getting original designer pieces but that these items have been well cared for, cleaned, and looked after throughout their lifespan. The brand also emphasizes sustainability as a core mission, so you can feel good about the clothes you purchase! 

P.S. They have stores in NYC and LA if you’re looking for an in-person luxury shopping experience.

3. Swap 

Swap is an online thrift store made “for the whole family.” As seen on Vogue, the Today Show, and the Wall Street Journal, Swap is popular because of its array of items at a reasonable cost. They typically offer low to moderate price point goods, like a Terra & Sky shirt for $14 or Lands’ End sweatpants for $10.

What really puts Swap on this list of the best places to shop secondhand is its shipping. Not only is it free shipping over $60, but they can combine all your goods into one shipment – no matter how many sellers you’re shopping from. This further reduces your waste, promoting a more sustainable fashion world. Plus, they’ll ship your goods out in one day—so you can have that instant gratification with your retail therapy.  

4. ThredUp 

ThredUp is one of the largest online thrift and consignment stores in the world. With over 35,000 brands at up to 90% off, it’s got a lot to offer the fashionista shopper. For some shoppers, this can feel a little overwhelming, but you can easily filter by sizes and preferences on their website. They also offer free shipping over $79 with a simple return policy. 

One of our favorite parts about ThredUp is their “Goody Boxes®” offering. You send a $10 deposit and they’ll send you a box of 10 unique finds tailored to your size, style, and budget. They’ll charge you only for the items you keep, your deposit, and $1 in ThredUP credit. You can return any items you don’t want within 7 days, hassle free. This is a super fun way to discover unique items you may not have otherwise tried out! They even have different themes like a “box of favorites,” “9 to 5 styles” with work wardrobe essentials, a “just for you” handpicked by your stylist, or even “wedding guest dresses” just in time for wedding season. 

5. Vestiaire Collective

Vestiare Collective has over 3.5 million shoppers with thousands of listings each week. This makes them one of the largest consignment shops in the business, boasting the top luxury designers in fashion. They guarantee the best quality goods, thanks to their team of stylists who curate the online selection every week. We especially love browsing through their Vintage section. 

Vestiaire Collective also offers Premium services that offer you special privileges for your subscription. If you want to fill up your wardrobe with discounted luxury goods, this priority status is a great way to get VIP access to the hottest items coming into Vestiaire. 

6. Poshmark 

Poshmark lets you bid on items directly from sellers, as opposed to a third party like the other sites on our list. While you usually have to be careful about these kinds of seller marketplaces, Poshmark has their buyer-seller relationship down to a science. With over 5,000 brands, 2 million Stylists, and millions of sellers and buyers, Poshmark is one of the most legitimate and connected platforms for one-on-one consignment selling.

Poshmark is especially fun to browse on your mobile app. It can be a blast to just sit and shop through different people’s closets to see their styles and curated designs. Successful Poshmark sellers often curate their own wardrobes based on look and aesthetic, so it can be really fun to see what other girls are putting together out there. Plus, if you buy more than 2-3 items from the same seller, you usually get a percentage off your bundle. 

7. Bagista 

Bagista is a consignment shop specifically for buying, selling, and swapping luxury handbags. This is a great place to find timeless investment bags at a discount or shop for this season’s new and unique piece. They sell high-end brands like Céline, Prada, Chanel, Hermes, Louis Vuitton, Gucci, and others. All bags are thoroughly inspected to ensure authenticity and quality.

Psst… The Bagista blog is especially hot. They give awesome style tips to help you pair your new handbag with outfits and accessories galore. 

They’re a UK company, but don’t let that stop you from browsing! 

Start shopping

Do you love to shop secondhand designer clothing as much as we do? Then it’s time to start shopping! 

Definitely start by checking out Current Boutique. With hundreds of high-quality, authenticated pieces ranging from moderate to luxury, you’re sure to find an item you’ll fall in love with—at a price you’ll love even more! 

Not sure where to start? Shop by look on Current Boutique to get the style and feel that suits you best! 

5 Ways To Find Success As A Working Mother

Happy Mother’s Day to all you incredible, awe-inspiring, dedicated mothers out there! Thank you for everything you do for your children, families, and communities. Every day,  you contribute to the growth of our future as a society. Moms are the fulcrum of all we know about love, support, and growth.  

Moms aren’t just the framework of the family. They’re linchpins of the economy as well. Today, I’m taking some time to especially look at the beauty that is the working mother

Working moms have become the norm in our society. Back in 1965, moms were working about 9 hours per week on average. In 2016, moms report working a minimum of 25 hours per week. Nearly 70% of mothers with children under age 18 participate in the labor force, and 70% of those moms work full-time. (We acknowledge the other 30% of mothers, too, who are holding up the forts to keep our kids and communities running efficiently!)

If you’re a working mom, you wear so many hats that they don’t all fit on your head! So what can you do to “have it all” and find success as a working mother? I’m here to give you some tips to make your life easier while celebrating yourself the way you deserve!

1. Separate home and work. 

It sounds a lot easier than it is, and we’re sure you’ve heard it a hundred times over. But the ability to be completely and totally present wherever you are is an integral part to making it work as a working mom. Research shows that you actually lose time by switching between tasks, even mental tasks (like trying to think about your kids and work projects at the same time). 

The best way create this barrier to employ two (or more) separate to do lists. If you’re at work and think about something that needs to be accomplished at home, write it down on your “home” to do list. If you’re about to fall asleep and can’t stop thinking about something you have to accomplish at work, write it down on your “work” to do list. This allows you to acknowledge the thought and still keep it “top of mind,” while freeing your mind to continue focusing on the important task at hand. 

“Nothing is more precious than being in the present moment. Fully alive, fully aware.” – Thich Nhat Hanh 

2. Make time for you. 

You don’t just deserve “you” time—you need it! Taking a few minutes every day can help you reboot and recharge, so you can return to your family and work with more vitality.

It’s especially important to take time to exercise. Getting your body moving will help keep you healthy and energetic, which will show positive ripple effects in every area of your life. 

Other awesome self-care tips:

  • Find a relaxing hobby that you love, like knitting, reading, stargazing—or anything!
  • Volunteer. Bonus points if you volunteer with friends. 
  • Enjoy outdoor yoga. 
  • Go for a walk in the sun. 
  • Lock yourself in the bathroom to do a face mask and hair mask in a lavender-scented bubble bath. 
  • Go out with your gal pals.
  • Write in a journal. 
  • Meditate, sleep, and relax. 

Don’t skimp on your vacation days at work, either. Vacation—even a staycation—can actually improve your physical and mental health. So don’t worry what people think when you take your vacation days. You earned those days—so take the time off for your mind, body, and spirit. 

“Almost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes, including you.” – Anne Lamott

3. Gather your village. 

“It takes a village” is as true a concept now as it always has been. Whether you’re in a relationship or a single mom, there are always people you can gather around you to help you raise your children. Pull together your support system whom you can rely on when work runs late or your child needs to stay home from school one day. Have family and friends you can call on to ease the burden of having to care for work and home all at once.

You’ll also want to employ a few on-call babysitters so there’s always someone to cover in case of an unexpected scenario. Care.com is a good place to start searching for local sitters, but make sure you do thorough screening and interviewing before inviting anyone into your home. 

Work village

Create a village at work too! Building a work family is a great way to ease the work-life balance burden. Find friends and colleagues at work who will be there to support you and back you up, whether they’re coworkers in your department or outside of it. You want people who are willing to pick up the slack if you need to run home to take care of your child or you’re feeling run down. They’ll do it for you if you would do the same for them! 

If you don’t have a support system around you at home or at work, it might be time to make a change. For your home life, maybe you’ll want to find new mom groups or hobbies to get involved in to make some new friends. For your work life, you might consider talking to your boss or changing to a different type of working environment or industry that is more accessible to working moms.  

“I’m every woman. It takes a village to make me who I am.” – Katy Perry

4. Organize, organize, organize. 

Heard of “meal prep”? I’m all about “life prep”! Anything that you can organize and plan in advance will help you save time and headache during the week. Organization is one of the best ways to save time on little mental distractions that take up your time during the week. 

So plan out your meals, grocery lists, to do lists, and even your outfits at the beginning of the week. This actually frees up your mind, so you can focus on what’s really important (like your work and family) when you’re in the midst of the storm. 

Check out this awesome Lifehack article with the 10 habits of really organized people.  

“For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned.” – Benjamin Franklin 

5. Plan for distraction time. 

How much time are you wasting? It can feel like everything feel like a blur, because, when you really look at it, a good portion of your day is lost to mindless social media scrolling or daydreaming. 

Track your time with a journal. Write down exactly what you did for every minute of the day. At the end of the week, see where you’re losing the most time. (The average internet user spends an average of 2 hours and 22 minutes on social networking every day… That’s a lot of time spent on something that isn’t usually productive.)

Once you acknowledge where you’re wasting time, you can make a strategy to minimize these time wasters and fill it instead with fruitful time (like self care or exercising). 

You may even want to plan in “mindless” time. You don’t need to completely release your social media—because it can be fun and productive in some cases! But planning it into your schedule actually ensures you don’t use it mindlessly or as a time filler, and you’ll hold yourself more accountable during the rest of the day because you know you have a 10-minute time scheduled in to check your social media. 

“Always remember, your focus determines your reality.” – George Lucas

You got this, mama! 

Tina Fey said it well: “I think every working mom probably feels the same thing. You go through big chunks of time where you’re just thinking, ‘This is impossible—Oh, this is impossible.’ And then you just keep going and keep going, and you sort of do the impossible.”

You’re making possible what seems impossible to everyone else. You’re filled with success each and every day. 

Thank you to all the incredible mothers out there for all you do for your families, your companies, and your communities. To say that you are the lifeblood of our society and economy is an understatement!

The 5 Best Websites To Sell Your Designer Clothes Online

More and more ladies are starting to sell their unwanted items in an effort to promote sustainabilityclean out the closet, and make a little extra money (to buy new preloved clothes and accessories, of course)! 

But there are a lot of different places to sell your clothing and accessories online…so how do you know which platform and company will work best for you? 

We’ve made it easy for you! We’ve curated a list of the 5 most reputable websites to sell your clothes, including both consignment and marketplaces. Make sure to note convenience, commission fees, pay rate, and ease of selling. 

ReadTop 15 Brands You Can Make Money By Reselling

1. Current Boutique 

Online and storefront consignment for designer clothing

Current Boutique is one of the highest rated among women who consistently sell their clothes online. There are four major reasons ladies love selling with Current Boutique so much: 

  1. We make it incredibly easy to give us your clothes. Just drop it off, send it in, or schedule a pick up. Little effort with lots of reward.
  2. We provide fast payment. While a lot of other companies take weeks to process clothing, we can do it on the spot for drop offs and within 48 hours for send-ins. 
  3. We offer one of the most competitive commissions in the business. We make it easy to collect your money without fees, so you can use your cash for whatever you need (like shopping through Current Boutique’s gorgeous selection of preloved clothing). 
  4. We live by a mission of clothing and textile sustainability. Any items we can’t accept, we’ll donate or recycle to maintain and extend the lifecycle of your clothes. 

There are three ways you can sell your clothes to Current Boutique: 

  • Drop it off. You simply walk in one of our Current Boutique locations and fill out some paperwork. We’ll review your clothing on the spot and get you paid then and there! 
  • Send it in. You can request a pre-paid shipping label so you can just drop your items in the mail for free! We’ll process your payment within 48 hours of receiving your clothes. 
  • Schedule a pickup. If you have at least 50 items to sell with the majority high-end brands, you may qualify for our home pickup service. 

We’re not just the best in convenience and price, though. We understand that it’s not always easy to part with some of your favorite pieces that have treated you so well for so long. You love your clothes and accessories. So we make the process fun and engaging, and we invite you to find new and more pieces to upgrade your wardrobe

Selling and buying with Current Boutique invites you into our community of incredible ladies who believe in stunning fashion, high-quality clothing, sustainable pieces, and lots of women empowerment. Once you sell your pieces with Current Boutique, we guarantee you’ll never go to another service! 

Start selling with Current Boutique.

P.S. Learn more about how we discover and buy quality, designer clothing items (and how you can do the same) here

2. Poshmark 

Buy-and-sell marketplace

Poshmark is one of the most popular apps to sell apparel online. You are responsible for listing and selling your own items, so you may or may not make a sale. Although it takes a little bit of work, though, it can show some strong results with a high payout. 

You just take a photo and upload it to your Poshmark closet right from your phone. Then you want to share it as much as possible to gain visibility and boost your sales. 

Poshmark requires a little bit of marketing and finesse. You typically need at least five items in your closet, and your closet should be “styled” to attract customers. Essentially,  you need to create your own mini clothing store on your Poshmark account. This kind of creativity can be a lot of fun, but it also takes a lot of work. 

For sales under $15, they charge a flat commission of $2.95. For sales over $15, you pay 20% rate. This is a little on the pricier side considering all the work you put into making sales, but you have greater control over the list price of your items. 

3. ThredUp

Online consignment store 

ThredUp is most similar in style to Current Boutique, but they emphasize convenience over compensation. They make it easy to send in your stuff. They’ll send you a clean-out bag or you can use your own box. You just fill up the bag, drop it off, and it’s out of your hands. They accept over 35,000 brands, so your gently-worn or new items are likely to get purchased. 

However, you usually get a much lower cut on your items than comparable services. They claim you can earn 5-90% of the listing price, depending on how high-end the designer is, but it usually averages on the lower end of that. 

Also, standard processing is about 3 weeks (or more). If you’re looking to use your cash soon, ThredUp won’t have it available to you. If you want expedited service, you’ll be charged a $16 fee. 

ThredUp is awesome about donations, though. You can choose to donate your items directly, so all of the money goes to charities—and you’ll get a donation tax receipt. Any items that they don’t accept, they’ll donate or responsibly recycle as well (like Current Boutique).  

ThredUp doesn’t pay out as competitively as other consignment shops, because you’re paying for convenience. But this is a great option if you don’t have access to Current Boutique (which is equally convenient and generally has a more competitive pay out). 

4. Tradesy 

Buy-and-sell marketplace

Tradesy is a buy-and-sell marketplace with millions of members. Like Poshmark, you are responsible for listing and selling your items on the Tradesy app.

What we really like about Tradesy is that they provide a lot of guidance and tips to make sure you are marketing your clothing effectively. After you take pictures of your items, the Tradesy app will actually enhance the photo and remove background distractions. They’ll walk you through the process of writing product descriptions, even providing examples to help you sell like a pro. They’ll also give you exclusive tips to help you sell, and you can opt in to their Sales and Promotions plan to gain more visibility. 

They have a decently competitive pay rate. For items under $50, they charge a flat fee of $7.50. Over $50, they charge a 19.8% rate. This is comparable with other companies, but it’s a little high considering you still have to do the majority of the work selling your products. They also charge a 2.9% transfer fee if you want to withdraw it from Tradesy. You can also use your earnings to buy more goods on Tradesy.

The buyer covers shipping costs with the price they see on your item. You can use Tradesy’s professional shipping kit or you can print a free USPS priority label. 

They’ll also handle returns for you. If the customer no longer wants the item, they will send the return back to Tradesy. You’ll get to keep your earnings if your item is eligible for the Returns Policy. This offers a lot of security and safety when selling to an unknown customer. 

Tip: Handbags sell the best on Tradesy. 

5. Social media 

A lot of women are seeing success selling their items on social media platforms, like Facebook Marketplace. You can blast out some pictures of your item with a catchy description, and nearby people (or your social media friends) may be interested in buying it. 

This is about the same amount of work as Poshmark or Tradesy, but you usually get to keep a higher percentage of the list price. However, you’re not as protected on social media, so you have to be careful about who you’re selling to and taking money from. Always protect yourself when on social media or selling through an insecure channel! 

Start selling 

Do you have clothing or accessories you want to sell? Try out Current Boutique! We have one of the most competitive commission rates in the business, and we make it super easy and convenient to get your clothes in our hands—plus we have an incredibly fast turnaround when it comes to payment! Best yet, selling with us brings you deeper into our awesome community of women gathered together around fashion and sustainability! 

We look forward to getting your items! Start selling with Current Boutique here

Save The Earth, Save Your Closet: How Sustainable Fashion Is Changing The World

Fashion is, and always has been, a cornerstone of our society and economy. For centuries, people have been using fashion to demonstrate their status and personal style while tracking with the trends of the age. 

Thankfully, the newest trend in fashion is sustainability—and I have a feeling this trend is going to stick. Fast fashion is showing a lot of negative impacts on the environment, our society, our health, and the quality of our clothing. And women like you and me are getting tired of it! Our generation is becoming more socially and environmentally conscious, which means the movement towards increased sustainability is only just beginning.

What are the concerns with fast fashion, and what can you do to change your world with sustainable fashion? 

What are the implications of fast fashion? 

Our society is highly materialistic. People are buying clothing just for the act of shopping or to wear once, and then they throw away the clothes. Retailers are constantly changing trends in order to get consumers to keep buying more, which keeps retailers in business but ends up severely damaging the environment. 

Compared to 15 years ago, the average personbuys 60% more clothing pieces—and keeps them for half as long. People keep buying, which is quickly ramping up the waste produced by the fashion industry.

Fast fashion is doing a serious dent in our environment and way of life. The apparel industry is responsible for 8% of the world’s total greenhouse gas emissions. If it persists at the rate it’s going now, the CO2 emissions from the fashion industry are expected to increase to 2.8 billion tons per year by 2030. That’s the equivalent of 230 million passenger vehicles driven for a year.   

How does fast fashion negatively impact the environment and our society? 

Chemicals

Cotton only covers 3% of the planet’s agricultural land, but it generates 16% of all insecticides and 7% of all herbicides. Conventional cotton requires 1/3 of a pound of chemicals to make one T-shirt, and 3/4 of a pound to make a pair of jeans. These chemicals are bad for the environment—and bad for your health and skin too!

Social

The fashion industry is notorious for its poor working conditions. Over 50% of workers in the fashion industry are not paid the minimum wage, and there are a number of child laborers forced to work in sweatshops. People are literally dying for our fast fashion. 

Resources

Agriculture takes up a lot of land and natural resources, especially water. It takes about 2,720 L of water to produce one cotton shirt—which is the equivalent of one person’s water consumption for three yearsThe Global Fashion Agenda predicts that the fashion industry will use 35% more land for cotton, forest for cellulose fibers, and grassland for livestock by 2030. This means we’ll be using up even more of our natural resources—and the materials just end up wasted in landfills! 

Pollution

Garment manufacturing accounts for 20% of the global water pollution because of microfibers and dyes used in water treatment, which drain off into our waterways and oceans. This is polluting our water, which damages our water supply and kills marine life (which also impacts our food supply). 

Waste

Nearly 60% of all clothing ends up in landfills or incinerators within a year of being made. This ends up costing about $100 billion. Considering how much goes into making these clothing, that waste is even harder to swallow. 

Health

There are over 2,400 substances and chemicals used in clothing manufacturing—30% of which pose a serious risk to human health. The materials you put on your body every day matter. The chemicals can soak into your skin to impact your cells and lead to long-term health concerns. 

Not to mention… fast fashion is expensive! You’re constantly buying and throwing out clothing, which can put a serious dent in your wallet. When you consider that these goods have chemicals that could be damaging your health, you have to factor in healthcare costs as well. 

Fast fashion isn’t worth the damage it causes. 

What is sustainable fashion? 

Sustainable fashion has a lot of moving parts, and it encompasses a wide range of “friendly” clothing options. “Sustainable” refers to clothing that is well made and lasts awhile, which helps to reduce the turnover coming from fast fashion that’s damaging our environment and health.  

The goal of sustainable fashion is to prolong the lifecycle of materials, reduce the amount of waste, and increase the value of timeless garments. The main purpose of sustainable fashion is to produce ecological clothing that stands the test of time

There are seven key factors of sustainable fashion: 

  1. Clean & green
  2. Quality & timeless
  3. Fair & ethical
  4. Secondhand & vintage
  5. Repair & upcycle
  6. Rent & swap
  7. Custom & tailored

Let’s dive into these methods of sustainable fashion to see how they impact our environment, our society, and your wardrobe. 

1. Clean and green 

Production is the foundation of sustainability. How are the clothing goods actually made? 

Sustainable fashion focuses on environmentally friendly practices from start to finish. The material and textiles are eco-friendly and organic, made without chemicals or pesticides. The growing techniques are healthy and natural, with low or minimal carbon emissions. Even shipment is local and low-emission, like using trains as opposed to trucks.

When purchasing, opt for organic cotton—since the majority of chemicals come from cotton growing. You should also consider organic fibers and fabrics like bamboo or hemp. Look for locally made goods that aren’t shipped long distances from countries with fewer regulations. 

2. Quality and timeless

When you purchase high-quality and ageless clothing, it will persist through the seasons and numerous wears. You’re not wasting money and materials on a trend that lasts only a season. You’re investing in timeless pieces that will continue to make your wardrobe look and feel high-value.

The more classic the piece, the longer you can keep it and rock it. This reduces waste and textile turnover, while upgrading your wardrobe and maintaining your budget. These pieces also tend to have fewer chemicals, so they’re safer and healthier for your body.

Check out these 11 classic wardrobe essentials you need to own

3. Fair and ethical 

Sustainability also refers to socialsustainability. Are the working conditions safe and fair? The best clothing is labeled under the Fair Trade Act, which means that the goods are sweatshop free, in healthy working environments, produced by individuals who earn a fair wage.  

Every consumer decision we make is global. What you wear has a direct impact on the lives of hundreds of others across the world. Focusing on ethically produced and traded goods ensures you don’t contribute to the harmful and corrupt practices of a lot of companies in the fashion industry. Do research into your designers and fashion companies to see where and how they source. 

Learn how to buy quality clothing like an expert designer here

4. Secondhand and vintage

There’s a reason (actually, there are six reasons) why pre-loved fashion is the hottest craze in fashion now. You know the clothes you get on consignment are high quality, because they’ve made it through the rigorous cleaning and selection process of top consignment designers. It also reduces waste, because you’re buying clothes that have already lived a life—and would otherwise end up in landfills! 

Plus, secondhand clothing gives you gorgeous, sustainable pieces—at a fraction of the cost! 

If you’re looking to be more sustainable, shopping on consignment is the simplest and most effective way to get started! 

5. Repair and upcycle

A lot of clothing is wasted because it’s thrown out when there’s a small rip or pull. Damage is especially common in lower-quality clothing, like fast fashion. But when you invest in high-quality, timeless pieces, repairing your items can extend their lifespan, reduce waste, and keep your wardrobe flawless.

See these 10 easy hacks to make your clothes last longer

If the damage is too much, like your pants ripped in half, then consider upcycling them! There are a lot of awesome fashion bloggersout there that focus on DIY fashion, taking old clothing items and giving them new life. 

6. Rent and swap

There are a lot of services and subscription services that allow you to rent clothing for a set period of time, or you can swap out old clothing for newer styles. This gets a number of wears and uses out of high quality pieces, while allowing you to get the feeling of fast fashion with hot trends and an “ever-changing wardrobe.” 

Learn more about clothing rental services with The Good Trade

7. Custom and tailored 

People tend to spend more money on custom, tailored clothing. This higher price point generally means a higher quality material and cut, and the clothing owner is less willing to toss it in the trash. 

Although it reduces waste, custom clothing can be a bit on the pricier side. Plus, you can find gorgeous tailor-fit clothing from top designers on consignment. 

Keep in mind that the clothing you wear actually impacts your mindset. Feeling gorgeous in your outfit can actually change your thoughts and behaviors. So throw on clothes that make you look and feel incredible!

Conclusion

Sustainable fashion is about reducing waste and choosing high-quality, well-made pieces. 

Buying secondhand is the best way to get involved in sustainable fashion. You’re getting quality pieces and saving them from landfills, while upgrading your wardrobe! Plus, it costs a fraction of what you’d pay to go direct to designers. 

Start shopping sustainably with Current Boutique here

Spring 2019 Fashion Trends You Already Have In Your Closet

We love being fashionable, trendy, and in-season…But we don’t love blowing our budgets or generating lots of waste with fast fashion. 

At Current Boutique, we’ve made it our mission to create the perfect closet, so each and every piece is timeless enough to stay and trendy enough for today. We believe in high quality pieces made to last that also let you indulge in the latest trends and make your own personal fashion statement. 

So how can you make your closet work for you with the hottest spring 2019 fashion trends? 

Let’s go through some of the top spring 2019 fashions we’ve seen on the runway, and how you can make them with the pieces you already have in your wardrobe! 

Psst…If you don’t have these pieces in your closet, it’s time to start browsing Current Boutique to find some incredible secondhand pieces that will take your closet to the next level!

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1. Polka dots

Polka dots are an outfit’s best friend, and they’re a timeless staple that will always persist within feminine fashion trends. Kate Spade put it best, “You can’t have a bad day in polka dots!”

This spring, large black and white polka dots are especially chic. The larger the dot, the more eye-catching it is–and this 2019 is all about catching the eye! Black and white are easy to match with, so you can make the outfit totally yours based on your own style.

A white top with black polka dots works gorgeously with brightly colored shorts or skirts. Or even get bold and indulge in polka dot pants or shoes to really “wow” the runway (aka the shopping center downtown).

2. Beige everything  

Neutrals are a classic, and they never really go out of style. But this season, beige is being bumped up a notch from timeless to trendy, and it’s taking over the entire outfit. Almost every designer showed at least one head-to-toe beige outfit on the runways for spring 2019.

We’re obsessed with beige for spring, because it’s a light and cool color that looks good on almost everyone. It’s the perfect transition color from the heftier winter patterns and fabrics into the airiness of summer clothing.  

Awesome idea:Try out a beige sundress with a beige jacket for a casually elegant look. 

Monochromatic ensembles have been trending almost every season for the past few years. In fall 2018, monochromatic red was hot. This spring, beige is turning monochrome. It’s especially popular (and exciting) to experiment with different tan fabrics like leather, silk, cotton, and linen. 

If you’re not feeling the head-to-toe beige, use pops of pastel to break it up. This keeps the outfit light and springy, while incorporating another spring 2019 trend…

3. Pastels (especially blue) 

Beige isn’t the only hot color for this season. Pastels are a spring classic, but they’re especially making a splash this year. We saw a lot of gorgeous pastels mixed together on this season’s runways. Pastel outwear and accessories particularly made a splash.

Pastel or pale blue is especially big this season. Did you knowthat baby blue used to be the color for girls, not boys? Blue was actually considered a more feminine color! Light blue is gorgeously delicate and so easy to match.  

Every girl should have at least one pastel shirt or dress in the closet. Pastels are a great way to easily dress up for bridal or baby showers, spring parties, or Sunday spring brunch. You’ll feel stunningly feminine with soft, flowing pastels that look beautiful against the fresh flowers of spring. 

4.  Pops of leather 

This is a surprising trend coming out this spring 2019, but we absolutely love it. Leather has traditionally been a fall and winter textile, but it’s actually a breathable and relaxed material. So we’re excited that leather and faux leather are gaining momentum, even as the warm weather approaches. 

Any type of leather accent will get you into the trend. Matte and shiny leather are both in, and a variety of colors from blacks and browns to whites and reds are making their way on the scene. Leather is one of the most versatile materials, easily dressed up or down. Take your leather from the boardroomto happy hour to dancing!

Cool tip: Invest in two leather pieces: one black and one in a light color, like beige or pastel pink. Contrasting leather colors is a gorgeous way to show your style and instantly snazz up any outfit. 

5. Biker short chic  

Biker shorts are everywhere this season, from celebrities to street style to designer runways. This look was especially established for the season when Fendi and Chanel showcased their own biker short styles on the runway. 

Biker shorts are tight shorts, often made of spandex, that are cut off a few inches above the knee. Designers are pairing these with loose-fitted, oversized tops and heels for an elegantly casual feel. 

These can be actual biker shorts that you’d find in a sports store, but designers are creating high-end, upscale versions as well. 

You can buy high-waisted yoga shorts to workout, spend the day, or go out. They’re a decent purchase for your wardrobe if you don’t already have them, because they’re versatile as well as super flattering and slimming.  

Crafty tip:Have a pair of yoga pants or leggings that are starting to get a little baggy around the knees and calves? Cut them a few inches above the knee for DIY biker shorts. If and when biker shorts go out of season, you can cut these pants again to get spandex short-shorts to workout in. Cut waste by cutting your pants!

6. Mix and match prints 

Mixing and matching prints was big in the fall, and this trend is still running hot into spring 2019. The fall saw a lot of pairing bold, big prints like thick stripes. But spring is seeing thin, fine prints for a more delicate look.

We’re also seeing a lot of mixing and matching with floral patterns. 

Pair floral with stripes or polka dots for a fun and flirty spring look! Spring 2019 is especially seeing a matching of floral with animal prints, especially python and leopard. This is a great way to get in the spring mood while indulging in a bold trend!

We think every closet deserves at least one floral— whether it’s a floral sundress, skirt, or blouse—even if this isn’t your typical go-to look. It’s a super easy way to get springy and indulge in your feminine side. 

Tip:Paisley is really big this season as well. Start by throwing a light paisley scarf around your neck, or rock a paisley dress or jacket! Mix and match paisley with other prints for an elegant, fun springtime look.

Learn exactly how to mix and match prints here. It’s easier and more doable than you think!  

Trend to try: crochet

Crochet items aren’t a wardrobe staple, so you may not have one in your closet. But, if you’re looking to try out something new this spring that has a more seasonal aspect to it, we definitely think you should check out the crochet look! 

Large fishnet crochet is the most popular design off the season, and it has a really unique and fresh feel. It’s got a 70s vibe, but in a more modern and sophisticated way. It’s also got a lace vibe, but in a more casual and easygoing way. 

If you’re looking for a unique way to get a little trendy and try out a new side of your style without completely changing your wardrobe, crochet and macraméare a unique look to try on for size! 

Cool tip:Purchase your crochet piece directly from an artisan or from a business that gives back to artisans. For example, you can find a lot of gorgeous pieces from Krochet Kids, which provides jobs and funds to women in the developing world. Plus, your item has the name of your artisan sewed into it, so you can create fashion-based connections across the world!

Fashion forward

Other hot trends for spring 2019 you can try out:

  • Butterfly details, drawn on 90s inspiration
  • Black and white checkerboard pattern, also 90s inspiration
  • Color blocking, especially a single piece with multiple color patches
  • Top handle bags with structured design (learn how to buy an investment bag here)
  • Bright neons 
  • Utility dressing (where function meets fashion), like jumpsuits and safari jackets
  • Loose suiting

This spring 2019, make the most of your wardrobe with neutral beiges, hints of pastels, leather accents, biker shorts, pairing prints, and maybe even a little crochet! Break out the items you haven’t seen in awhile…and get springy!

How do you use your closet to stay trendy? How do you minimize your fast fashion waste while showing off your gorgeous style?