Are you paying too much for that denim jacket? Read on for our handbook of what to buy new and what you should be scoring at the thrift store.
Shopping Guide: When To Go Thrift Or Buy New
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Knowing when to go vintage or buy new is a shopping habit that, believe it or not, will save you a ton of money over time. With that in mind, we put together an easy-to-navigate guide explaining which items are best bought secondhand and what's better fresh off the rack. Just think of it as another step towards becoming a pro shopper.
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The men’s section in thrift stores can be a treasure trove of cotton button-down shirts. The key is to look for a slightly oversized fit that can be tucked into jeans or, even depending on the fit, can be worn as a shirtdress. Additional note: make sure the shirt is stain-free around the collar and under the arms.
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Lucky for us, this trend is making a serious comeback, and thrift stores are loaded with the infamous high-rise jean. Look for classic, light-wash denim that is cropped just above the ankle. A distressed style is a big plus, as the detailing is completely on-point for spring.
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Probably the most versatile piece for your wardrobe this spring, a Kate Moss-inspired silky slip dress, ideally from the '90s, is a great vintage find. Look for a knee-length slip with lace trim to layer under a lightweight sweater or leather jacket.
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Schutz Libertine Pumps ($150)
A pair of classic black pumps will take you from the office to a night out with ease.
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Gap Essential Stripe Boatneck Tee ($27)
A striped tee is the perfect go-to basic for spring.
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If your spring budget only has room for one investment piece, go for that designer bag you’ve been eyeing. A versatile handbag will last you for seasons and gives your look a fresh update.
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ZAC Zac Posen Leopard Eartha Soft Bag ($550)
Leopard-print panels give this polished satchel a touch of playfulness.
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ASOS Midi Skirt in Leather with Pockets ($189)
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A tailored suit is a staple that gets a modern update every season. To keep your work-wear in style (and to avoid an ‘80s shoulder pads disaster), buy your suit new.
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Express Ultimate Double Weave Jacket ($128)
A slim, neutral blazer is a fresh office alternative for spring.
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Express Columnist Ankle Pants ($70)
Tailored trousers that hit above the ankle are universally flattering.