Looking back, I realize how excited I was about shopping this year. I had just shaved off the weight I wanted to lose after having my baby, and I was looking forward to the number of new outfits I’d meticulously selected—everything was coming up sunny! Then March came and cast a dark shadow over my wardrobe. Suddenly, all I cared about were my sweatpants and cozy slippers. As I sift through my closet, the blazer I picked up in January now feels outdated, and honestly, where am I even going to wear the heeled boots I acquired in February?
One thing I learned over the course of this year is that quick buys and hyper-trendy pieces simply do not stand the test of time. Now, rather than frequenting the fast fashion sites I used to shop on, I’ve been turning to The RealReal any time I have an itch to shop (and let's be honest: that itch is always there). The luxury consignment shop is a fan favorite here at Who What Wear, and I know some of the most stylish women I work with are picking up one-of-a-kind pieces from there all the time. What’s better? The Real Real is partnered with Affirm, so that designer bag I’ve been eyeing is much more accessible than before because when I purchase it, I can break the cost into simple monthly payments with an APR as low as 0%. With Affirm, I'll never pay more than I agree to upfront because they'll never charge me late or hidden fees. Plus, it's super easy to use: All I do is select Affirm as my payment option at checkout, and I see exactly what I owe upfront. Here are the pieces I strongly believe won't grow stale in your wardrobe and are so much more affordable with Affirm.
The ten-year-old in me who was watching Summer Roberts walk through her high school hallways with a baguette bag in tow is rejoicing because this year has proven that the throwback bag will always reign supreme. From mini to almost-medium sized, the classic bags from the early '00s has a huge presence on The RealReal, so enjoy picking your favorite.
I've said goodbye to buying jewelry I won't be able to pass down to my daughter, Sophie, when she's ready to raid my closet. I also have friends who are in the jewelry business and have always told me that the up charge on brand name pieces is not worth the price. I love that at The RealReal, I can get quality pieces and not pay the unnecessary cost of purchasing them from a more traditional jewelry store. From pearls to chain links, I think I'm set for creating a curated jewelry collection.
I'm a big fan of ballet flats. Platform loafers and pool slides will come and they will go, but the ballet flat will always remain the classic shoe style. The shoe can be worn with essentially anything, but my favorite way is to pair them with relaxed, slightly distressed jeans and large sweaters. Here are my four favorites:
Two years ago, my husband and I bought our project home and have been working on renovating it ever since. Early this year, we finished up our living room, and I've been on the hunt for items that feel just as special as the ones I'm adding to my wardrobe. I can now say goodbye to my personal life because I'll be scrolling through The RealReal until all my shelves are filled.
*Your rate will be 0% APR or 10–30% APR based on credit and is subject to an eligibility check. For example, a $700 purchase might cost $63.25/mo over 12 months at 15% APR. Payment options through Affirm are provided by these lending partners: affirm.com/lenders. Options depend on your purchase amount, and a down payment may be required.