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These 7 Wardrobe staples are even better from the secondhand

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When I feel down, thrift shopping is my go-to thing. It’s the best way to escape from a stressful day. The thrill of digging through racks upon racks of clothing for unique wardrobe staples I will treasure for many years is what I love about the hunt.

It’s one of my most favorite feelings. When someone asks where I got it, I can answer “it was thrifted!” because it makes me feel proud of what I found. Thrift shopping and second-hand shopping online have many other benefits. You are better for the environment, can shop more carefully, usually cheaper, and thrift stores often support charitable initiatives.

My years and years of thrifting experience have taught me that some clothing pieces are better secondhand, especially wardrobe staples. Some items, like jackets, handbags and denim, are made more durable than others. There are some pieces, such as graphic tees and oversized button-ups that are so easily available secondhand, that I almost never purchase them new. These are the items that I always look for in thrift stores.

1. Knits

A sleeveless sweater is one of my favorite pieces for work. They are great to wear under a jacket in winter, but I also love them in summer with nice trousers or jeans. They are beautiful vintage pieces that I have found at tons of thrift shops, and they always get compliments. For high-quality, chunky knits of great quality, I recommend the regular sweaters.

2. Button-Ups

There are always plenty of button-ups in thrift stores, as I mentioned earlier. I personally prefer an oversized, relaxed fit so I shop in the men’s section. You’re almost certain to find the style that suits your needs, whether it’s classic white, Coastal Grandma Blue, striped or even linen.

3. Denim

My favorite thrift store activity is to walk up and down the shorts and jeans aisles, both men’s and ladies’, in search of that famous Levi’s patch. Vintage jeans are high quality, flattering and often much more affordable than the Levi’s that you can buy today. Cutoff jeans found at thrift stores are my favorite type of denim shorts.

4. Bags

I believe that handbags from thrift stores are often used. I recommend that you check the thrift store first if you are looking for a unique bag for a particular season, such as a bright colored or rattan bag in summer or a Sherpa bag in winter. If you are looking for a designer bag, shopping secondhand sites such as Rebag or The RealReal is a good place to start.

5. Jackets

Whatever season, I make it a point of browsing both the women’s and men’s jacket sections in thrift stores. There are many high-quality, unique pieces you can find here, such as suede, genuine leather and stylish oversized blazers. Treadmilled jackets are one of my favorite wardrobe staples.

6. Graphic Tees

While I love a Urban Outfitters graphic shirt as much as any girl, oversized T-shirts can be so much fun when they are found at a thrift shop. Because you can find some truly unique and wild stuff in the men’s section, this is one of my favorite sections. These T-shirts can be worn in many times, making them one of your most comfortable pieces.

7. Pants & Trousers

Over the last few years, there has been a huge resurgence in linen pants, wide-leg pants, and elastic-waistband “grandma pans” over the past several years. Thrift stores offer tons of vintage options in beautiful colors and unique patterns. I find that thrift shops have a lot more fun than new pairs, so I often reach for my old thrifted pants instead of my new ones. The vintage-style pants are so comfortable and easy to put on.

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