Over the last few years I’ve developed a love for classic, pointed toe stilettos. In particular, I’ve fallen in love with the Bethany pump from Diane Von Furstenburg. It started with a random impulse purchase of a beautiful mint green pair (seen here) and now, several pairs later, I still can’t get enough. While DVF still produces the Bethany, getting a hold of certain colors in a size 9 is not always easy on the retail circuit. Buying new is not always an option for my budget and it is one of the reasons why the fashion industry creates so much waste. How do you score one of a kind items, save money, and promote sustainability? Buying secondhand….
I will admit that for the longest time I refused to buy anything secondhand. I think I was traumatized by so many trips into antique shops with my parents that smelled like mothballs and dust. To this day I still don’t enjoy perusing antique stores (unless they’re well organized and smell of more of cinnamon than dust) but I have learned to appreciate the art of buying secondhand. I first started getting into purchasing secondhand when I ventured into cleaning out my closet and trying to sell my items to others. I was moving in with my fiance, had started my first big girl job, truly defining my style and I needed to purge out all the items I had not worn in months and was never going to wear again and hoped to get at least a few dollars in return. Through this process I discovered a world of fashion resale that I never knew existed.
There are a ton of websites and apps that deal in the resale of clothing and accessories including Poshmark, Vinted, thredUp, the Real Real, ebay Valet, and Tradesy. I’ve used almost all of these and will have a detailed review of each coming later this week. These particular DVF pumps I found on Tradesy for a mere $70, unworn and NIB, pretty unbelievable considering they retail for around $300 and are never on sale for less than $150 or so, even on flash sales. Obviously buying secondhand does come with its risks (no one is actually selling an authentic LV for $150) but if you have a general sense of the fashion industry, the familiarity with oft counterfeited brands, and some common sense you can use resale sites to build a great wardrobe for hundreds less than retail.
I know hot pink stilettos are certainly not appropriate for every workplace environment but if you do want to experiment with color, your shoes are a great place to do it. When adding color or pattern, keep the shake classic, pointed or round toe with no more than a 3.5″ heel to keep it classic. For some of the links below I’ve linked items you can find on resale sights to recreate today’s look.
Top: Old Navy (similar here) | Skirt: The Limited (similar here and secondhand here) | Belt: Target (secondhand Dior similar here) | Necklace: F21 (similar here) | Shoes: Dianve Von Furstenberg (similar Celine secondhand here) | Sunglasses: Valentino| Lipstick: Colourpop Button