Photography: Misael Sandoval
Hola my beautiful blog fam! It’s been a minute. The first half of the year brought on lots of challenges (if you follow me on IG you know about my foot injuries) and with it some uncomfortable times but also massive growth and transformation! Now that I’ve started to find my footing (no pun intended) on this rocky transformative journey, I’m excited to begin sharing more of it on this ol’ blog. I feel like I’m the caterpillar that has JUST gone into a cocoon, at the beginning of it’s metamorphosis.
One of the things I’m working on transforming is my CLOSET. I’m clearing it out of pieces I no longer wear while striving to be increasingly more conscious of what pieces I add to it. While I’ve featured second-hand pieces in the past, this post is completely dedicated to thrifted looks with a special emphasis on accessories!
Why do I love shopping second-hand for accessories so much?
They can make or break an outfit. I’m an advocate of investing on quality versatile pieces as opposed to buying a bunch of low quality stuff, and accessories are no exception.
They are the perfect introduction to beginner’s thrifting. New to thrifting? A little weary about purchasing second-hand? Start with accessories! No need to worry about sizing, plus accessories are easy to incorporate into your existing wardrobe.
Because accessories are usually made from sturdier longer lasting materials, you can find some SOLID pieces that show hardly any wear on them.
One of kind stand out pieces. The chances of someone else having the same piece are slim to none. I am not kidding when I say I get complemented EVERY SINGLE TIME I wear one of my vintage accessories.
So now that I’ve convinced you to shop for some vintage accessories you’re probably wondering “Well where do I acquire these quality vintage accessories you speak of Yvonne?”
I'm going to tell you! You can try your local thrift store obviously. You probably won’t find much jewelry but if you’re lucky you might find a decent handbag. But for higher quality items I suggest you look for places with a more curated selection like the places I list below. I personally prefer the thrift store for primarily clothes but by all means be alert to any kind of find. The thrill of scoring a sweet find is half the fun of thrifting. Now on to my recommendations!
1) Antique Stores- Preferably located outside of big cities. Sure, I can find some beautiful pieces in a Dallas but the price will probably be marked up. I liked to visit antique stores out in the surrounding suburbs. Great stuff. Lower price! My current fave is the Cooper Street Antique Mall in Arlington. It was the location for photos in this post. Furniture, memorabilia, jewelry, and more! Both the mother of pearl necklace and the green handbag in the pics are items I purchased there.
**Pro-tip: Get to know the antique vendors and dealers at your local store. Engage them in conversation about the items they are selling and you just might be offered a deal! It helps to be a regular. I got the mother of pearl necklace (real gold lads!) all with other handmade gold necklaces at a significant discount just by chatting it up with the dealer
2) Online- Not a fan of the “hunt”? What a more curated, streamlined process to vintage shopping? Remove the potential hassle of thrifting and shop online. Trendlistr is a fashion startup featuring an online collection of carefully curated vintage pieces from across Europe, hand picked by founder Louisa Rodgers. Louisa has an eye for iconic eye popping pieces that can be easily incorporated into modern looks. Louisa and Trendlistr were gracious enough to send me the vintage Hispania handbag to style for this post.
The handbag, like all of Trendlistr’s pieces, is exceptionally well taken care of. It looks new! The gold clasps make is a stand out piece that will elevate any look. Plus it’s lightweight! After my boxing shoulder injury, I’ve been increasingly into vintage handbags for their streamline and functional design. Goodbye bulky clunky purses! Goodbye shoulder aches! Hello chic vintage handbags!
I can’t recommend Trendlistr enough! Their collection is full of stand out pieces(which include some high end designer names so be on the lookout for those.) Along with the handbags, I suggest you peek their scarf collection in particular. Scarves are one of my favorite ways to elevating and look and Trendlistr has one of the best vintage collection of scarves out there.
If you are in England make sure to check out there showroom in Newcastle and make me jealous!
- To go with the Hispania bag, I chose this printed jumpsuit which I picked up from my friend Mayra’s Depop shop. Find her on Depop @EverythingLiving. Mayra, is another one of those gals with an eye for special pieces. Check her shop out for great pieces at affordable prices and you might even recognize one of the models on her listings. *wink* Together with my mother of pearl necklace, this all vintage look is perfect for brunch with friends or a summer stroll in the city. I love how the gold of the necklace matches the golden hardware of the bag and how they complement the bag without competing with the gold cubist print of the jumpsuit.
- The second look is more casual. Jeans, a crop top, and silk shirt, and a cute green handbag, with the exception of the crop top, vintage. The jeans my sister thrifted from the local Salvation Army. The funky silk shirt I got for around $2 at a tiny local thrift store. And as previously mentioned the bag is from the Cooper Street Antique Mall. I chose the mint color the bag for a more playful look to match the pastels of the geometrics shapes on the shirt. This look could also work perfectly with the Hispania bag as a black bag that chic is never the wrong choice!
Where do you like to shop for vintage jewelry and accessories? Share with me in the comments!