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Why I Shop Vintage & Consignment

For me, shopping has become a way to express my “green” approach to life, which means that I’ve turned to vintage and consignment stores to get my shopping fix.

It may seem like eco-friendly practices like recycling, composting, and car-sharing have little to do with clothing, but I’ve learned in recent years that they are in fact inextricably linked.

Turns out that behind the glossy magazine covers, glamorous runway shows, gorgeous models, and stores filled with things that I need – The fashion industry has a dirty little secret. After oil & gas, fashion is the second most polluting industry IN THE WORLD.

Watch the documentary The True Cost or read up on the environmental impact of “fast fashion” and I’m sure you’ll be just as horrified as I was and continue to be today.

I made a pact in 2014/2015 to stop contributing to the fast fashion problem. I’m pleased to say that not only did I clean those things out of my closets and donate them, I also almost entirely stopped shopping at places like H&M, Zara, and Forever 21. I decided that I would focus on investment pieces rather than chasing trends or buying every new arrival in my favorite shops.

Quality over quantity.

The result of that decision has been two-fold. Not only do I have a more well-rounded wardrobe of high quality, classic pieces that I’ll keep for years, but I’m also not wasting money on “throw away” clothing that won’t last beyond the current season. I have a full conversation with myself before shopping {not out loud, don’t worry}. I ask whether I can see myself wearing it in two years? Is it something classic that I can see myself handing on to a family member or friend?

Another side effect of this pledge not to support companies that are filling the world with trash, is that I’ve been turning to online vintage and consignment sites, and companies that offer alternatives, like peer-to-peer shopping app Poshmark or clothing rentals from StyleLend or Rent The Runway. These are such great options, you can find huge discounts on designer goodies and brand new pieces that still have tags on them. I’ve also used some of these sites to sell my unused clothing and accessories!

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{You can find Givenchy goodies, like this Antigona satchel, from The Real Real}

Here are a few of my favorite places to shop/rent and my experiences with them:

  • The Real Real – This company is a San Francisco institution as far as I’m concerned. I’ve bought from them and consigned a ton of pieces that were just gathering dust in my closet. In fact – I bought my first Chanel bag from The Real Real! I always wanted one, but balked in the shop when the sales associate started gushing about how soft the lambskin was. For me – A vintage Chanel was the answer, no new lamb was being slaughtered for my bag.
  • Poshmark – You know the dress you bought and never wore? Or shoes that were final sale and you got them home only to realize they didn’t quite fit? You can sell your mistakes or buy someone else’s on the Poshmark app. No muss, no fuss. It’s amazing!
  • StyleLend – If you’re in San Francisco or New York City, you can rent dresses and handbags for an event or even a vacation through StyleLend. Founded in SF and expanded to NY, this company is all about sartorial sustainability.
  • Rent the Runway – Have five weddings to attend this Summer? Rent your outfits instead of buying something you’ll only wear once! I’ve used RTR for years for galas – No need to buy an expensive designer gown for each event, just rent one for the big day!

What’s YOUR favorite way to shop? Have you tried any of these companies?

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MCLV Style: Mod Minute

Shift dresses are one of my go-to pieces year-around. They’re easy to wear, flattering, and a breeze to style. And this mod-inspired plaid cutie with a zippered waist is one of my favorites.

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Plaid Shift Dress – Zara {Similar here, here & here}

Vintage Bag – Gucci {For sale in my Poshmark closet here}

Over The Knee Boots – Vince Camuto

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This dress looks great with flats but was made for these Vince Camuto over-the-knee boots. I mean, how can you resist an outfit that immediately makes you look like a 60’s go-go dancer?

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{Photography by KatwalkSF}

The perfect final touch was this fun little monogrammed vintage Gucci bag. It adds come much-needed contrast to the dark look and I love how the red stripe gives it a little extra pop of color.

What’s YOUR favorite style dress for Summer?

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Vintage Shopping + Giveaway

I’m an avid online shopper. Yes, I love trying things on, touching the fabrics, and seeing how a piece looks on me, but I’m also in front of a computer for most of the day so online shopping is both easy and dangerously convenient.

In my online wanderings I recently stumbled on this great online vintage boutique called Fly & Fierce.

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“Fly & Fierce Boutique is versatile  like women. With the goal to become, the ultimate online destination for fashion lovers everywhere, regardless of style, size, or shape, Fly & Fierce carries something for every woman. With a commitment to  provide affordable, quality, and stylish clothing and accessories, Fly & Fierce Boutique maintains to keep 90% of their inventory below $50. No woman should have to sacrifice quality over style.”

Often times when you find a great vintage boutique they either don’t offer online shopping or their prices are overwhelmingly high. This boutique offers fun, one-of-a-kind pieces at reasonable prices.

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Today Fly & Fierce and Moi Contre La Vie are teaming up to give away a $50 gift card so you can explore their website for yourself.

  • What: $50 Gift Card
  • How: Leave a comment below with your favorite piece from the website
  • When: Winner will be announced Monday, January 13th

 So tell me – Do YOU like Vintage Shopping? What’s YOUR favorite piecefrom Fly & Fierce?

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MCLV Style: Animal Prints & Stripes

One of my favorite combinations is a classic stripe paired with bold animal prints. It’s fun, filled with promise, and immediately takes a jeans-and-t-shirt type of look to the next level.

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Striped Top – Vince

Jeans – Jolt {From Nordstrom Junior’s Department!!}

Boots – Vintage {Similar here, here & here}

Bag – FarFetch

Jewelry – Sasha Maks Vinatge

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{Check out outtakes from this shoot here – Log into Facebook to view}

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{Photographs by Lydia Hudgens}

This Summer my dear closet has seen a number of fashion trends on repeat – Including printed suits {shorts suit here, cropped suit here} and traditional striped looks in a number of reiterations {casual daytime here, nautical & navy here, nighttime ready here}.

Another trend I just can’t seem to get enough of? Denim!

Not only did I sing the praises of this style recently in my Looks of the Week – Denim Edition post, I’ve also worn everything from monochrome denim-to-denim to chic white jeans to the perfect slim fitting jeans in the last few months.

And continuing in this grand tradition I’ve been wearing the new zipper jeans pictured above non-stop lately. I love how the little zipper details add a bit of an edge to a classic striped shirt. And lucky for me they look equally cute with flats and heels.

What’s YOUR favorite kind of denim right now?

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Styling 101: Oxblood

When you live in the Bay Area you quickly develop an appreciation for layering and even for this veteran I have to say that it’s a good day when you can mix stripes, faux leather, black & white, studs, vintage jewelry, and oxblood into a single look.

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{Jewelry can be shopped online at Sasha Maks Vintage or you can contact info@sashamaksvintage.com for additional details & private appointments}

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{You can shop similar pieces by clicking these hyperlinks: Dress – Forever 21, Blazer – Aqua, Oxblood Shirt – Express, Bag – TopShop & Heels – Lela Rose}

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Photography, Jewelry & Jewelry Styling by Sasha Maks Vintage

The perfect finishing touch for this look was the layered necklaces – These vintage collars are both stunning and the black & gold pieces looked great together with the pop of oxblood.

What’s your favorite way to layer for Fall? Outerwear? Jewelry?

And if you’re a fan of vintage jewelry join me for The Bling Ring Vintage Jewelry Trunk Show on Wednesday, October 2nd!

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