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.
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.
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.
Schutz Libertine Pumps ($150)
A pair of classic black pumps will take you from the office to a night out with ease.
Gap Essential Stripe Boatneck Tee ($27)
A striped tee is the perfect go-to basic for spring.
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.
ASOS Midi Skirt in Leather with Pockets ($189)
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.
Express Columnist Ankle Pants ($70)
Tailored trousers that hit above the ankle are universally flattering.