Secondhand stores like Crossroads can be overwhelming, even for veteran thrifters. Making a plan of what you’re looking for beforehand can save you some anxiety, but don’t expect to find everything in the first store you walk into. The magic of shopping a secondhand store is the possibility of finding unique pieces from a brand you may never have discovered otherwise, or brand-name pieces you love but can’t justify purchasing at original price.
I want you to love the adventure of thrifting as much as I do, so I’ve put together a guide to the best secondhand bargains to spend your energy on!
The first thing I look at when walking into a recycled fashion or secondhand store is the shoe selection. I scan all sizes because brands fit differently and shoes often get moved and put back incorrectly throughout the day. It is not uncommon to find like new or brand new, unworn, and high-end shoes that are already broken in for less than half of the original price.
Coats and Jackets
Living in Los Angeles, there are only a couple of months in the year that a coat is necessary, so I often find it hard to justify the high price of a new one. Coats are an item that I have not paid full price for in years. I’ve been able to find everything from a vintage, oversized denim jacket to a never worn, trendy duster coat.
While I still shop good-quality fast fashion brands like Forever 21, H&M, and Urban Outfitters at secondhand stores, the best bargains will be with high-quality brand name labels. The prices will be significantly lower than the original. And at buy-sell-trade stores, they’ll only be slightly used or, in some cases, brand new with the tags still attached!
I like to keep on top of clothing trends, but I definitely do not buy into all of them. New, trendy pieces can be expensive because of the high demand. Trends tend to come in cycles, so you may be lucky enough to find current trends at a secondhand store from the previous cycle. I personally think the original run of the trend is always best; for example, vintage Levi’s will forever be favored over newly manufactured copycat “mom jeans.”
Does anyone really enjoy shopping for new denim? Finding the right size for you depends on the brand, the cut, the shape, and the style of the jeans (or jacket). For me, the worst part is how the denim’s shape changes after a few wears or washes. Finding a perfectly worn-in pair of jeans or a denim jacket at a secondhand store will guarantee that the fit in the dressing room will be the fit for life!
Winter style is all about one thing: the coat. A coat can make or break your outfit this winter, so don’t just throw on any old one! There are plenty of stylish and warm options this season. Check out my round-up for inspiration on how to style winter coats so that they become part of your outfit without overpowering it.
Puffer Coats & Vests
The puffer coat has gone from an outcast in the fashion world to one of the coolest layers on the runway. Pair it with opposing fabrics and textures and slimmer-fitting bottoms.
Shearling and Shaggy Coats
Add some texture to your winter coat for a bit of rock and roll glam. Pair your big, shaggy coat with complimentary or monochromatic colors.
Wrap coats can be bulky, but paired with a sleek outfit, they are downright chic.
Anorak and Parka Jackets
With the right details—like leather or a fur lining or a chic slim fit—a warm parka can add instant style to your winter outfit.
Truth: I just turned 32 and I’ve been working for Crossroads since I was 22. Needless to say, my style has change a lot over the last decade. Luckily (thanks to Crossroads), I’ve spent the last decade trading in styles that may not be “me” any longer for new and improved pieces fit for a woman in her thirties.
If you’re anything like me, you probably have a kind of “style uniform” and an appreciation for investment pieces. Of course, your taste will continue to evolve, and experimenting with trends from time to time is always fun, but now’s the time in your life to think of the adage “fewer, better things.”
Here are ten timeless essentials to start collecting—and good news! Crossroads is a great way to find styles like these at a hefty discount.
Here’s to finding your top ten go-to pieces at Crossroads! Happy Shopping!
Now, I know what you’re thinking. Puffer vests may be functional, versatile and super warm…but cool? NO WAY.
Well get ready for this, because puffer vests have moved up the fashion totem pole this season from basic to fashionable. We already know how to pair a puffy vest with a plaid shirt and knee high boots for a quick cold-weather outfit, but how do we bring real edgy fashion-forward looks into the mix? It’s simple:
1. choose a vest with less fill (it will still be warm!).
2. opt for a printed puffer vest instead of a classic solid color.
3. wear it like you would any other piece of outerwear! Sport it over pencil skirts, or with a midi dress, or belt it.
The styling opportunities are endless, so take a look at some of our favorite blogger looks and pick up our newest puffer vest at Crossroads this weekend!
Every girl should own a classic blazer. Oversized and slouchy or structured and chic, a blazer is the perfect transitional weather layering piece and can elevate any outfit. The bloggers below have mastered the blazer. They know when to layer it under jackets and scarves and when to keep it simple—either way, they keep the blazer the star of the outfit.
Check out some of my favorite ways to wear a blazer this fall!
Beth Jones, B. Jones Style
In this perfect fall outfit, Beth layers her blazer over a pair of slouchy overalls for a fun menswear-inspired look!
Brittany Xavier, Thrifts and Threads
Brittany pairs an oversized blazer over an otherwise casual look to create a chic weekend look anyone can pull off.
Jacey Duprie, Damsel in Dior
I absolutely love the color combination of Jacey’s outfit! Don’t be afraid to look for blazers in rich colors, textures, and fabrics for fall and combine them with complementary colors.
Sneakers, skinnies, and a layered blazer make the perfect tomboy look for fall.
Leandra Medine, The Man Repeller
Leandra is arguably the queen of blazers, and one of my favorite blazer looks of hers mixes some of the best fall trends: stripes, scarves, and over-the-knee boots!
Alexandra Pereira, Lovely Pepa
If you are new to wearing blazers, I’d recommend using Alexandra’s outfit for inspiration; it’s chic, comfortable, and attainable!
Erica Hoida, Fashioned Chic
Edgy and chic, using a blazer as a layering piece under a coat will take you from day to night, any time of the year.