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Love Lasts Forever

For the love of fashion.

 

Ever been in love? Me too. Ever loved something in your closet so much that you thought you couldn’t be without it. Me too.

 

It's not the same sweater but it's very similar and retails for about $60. (Courtesy of Google/A&F)

Case and point.

 

My Abercrombie and Fitch sweater vest, circa 2008.

 

I bought the vest my senior year of high school and it quickly became a staple in my wardrobe. Imagine an oversized cable knit men’s sweater vest with large tortoise shell buttons and large pockets.  Gorgeous right?

 

Well of course, while Abercrombie’s brand tends to be very well made and last long (this may be why they remain #1 on the retail indexes both online and in-store), nothing last forever. At least that’s what I thought.

 

BCBG Dress/Courtesy of BCBG Max Azaria

Over the years, the pockets in the front began to weaken and the lining couldn’t hold it up any longer. I thought this was the end. Then my mother fixed it up for me (I can’t sew) and that problem was solved. Then I retired it away for a while, thinking it wasn’t in style. Lucky for me, big thick knits came back in season this season and I was able to bring it back out, only to find out that it seemed to fit me oddly. I was worried.

 

Last week, I bought a BCBG Max Azaria sweater dress and to dress it down, I thought “why not layer it?” What ensued was one of the best pairings I’ve made in a long time.

 

 

 

 

What I concluded, then, is that you should never give up on anything. Love. Or your favorite sweater.

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All About the Benjamins’

Go here first, they take cheap, mall brands. Courtesy of http://www.platoscloset.com

In most majors cities, you can find thrift stores that sell awesome vintage clothing—this is nothing new. What is new however, the phenomenon of “cash for clothes” or the new craze of recyclable fashion. These stores are popping up everywhere and it seems like the closer you are to fashion, the better the selection is.

There are many of these chain stores across the country, but the two I’ve become most familiar with are Buffalo Exchange and Plato’s Closet—polar opposites on the “recycle” scale but both very good for broke, young and fabulous people like myself. Plato’s is a great place to sell your old, mall “high school” attire (Aeropastle, Abercrombie and Fitch, Holister,Old Navy, Charlotte Rousse)

and Buffalo’s is a great place to step your game up, grabbing marc jacobs, Chanel and left over Alexander Wang.

The beauty is that it takes years to build a good wardrobe which means that there is always, ALWAYS something you can get rid of in your closet. Currently, 55% of my wardrobe is recycled. And I’m a pretty well dressed, swanky sort of girl. What does that tell you? This is a movement. Stop what you’re doing, clean out your closet. Take the bag to your nearest resale store. They will probably take 5% of what you bring in. That’s ok. DO NOT TAKE CASH UNLESS THEY OFFER FULL VALUE.

from Armani to A Wang to Chanel to Mulberry, Buffalo Exchange has the brands you want at a price that you won't need to sell your kidneys for. Courtesy of http://www.buffaloexchange.com

THIS IS CRUCIAL. At stores like Buffalo Exchange, they give you 50% in store credit or 30% in cash. You can see how silly it would be to take cash (Unless they are taking more than 5% of your clothes). Too much math? Don’t freak out. Just follow your heart. If you take less, you can’t buy those cute Chanel high waists….

Ok. Go change the world.

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