I used to be a clotheshorse. Some still might consider me to be one. When I worked in e-commerce for an online fashion boutique, I had an amazing discount. On top of it, I was one of the first to see each product as I was responsible for editing the photos and adding them to the website. That’s cute, add to cart. It took me a long time to realize that I needed to curb my consumption and step away from fast fashion.
I no longer shop to “get my fix” and I’m more intentional about what I add to my closet. I look for natural materials like cotton and silk and avoid poly – polychiffon, polysatin, polyester. Sure this means I need to drag out the steamer more often but it reduces microplastics when washing and my clothes last longer.
I like shopping locally so I can try on the piece and make sure it will work for my body and to see the construction quality. Austin is a casual city but you can find some polished pieces that would be right at home in a NYC closet.
A high-end consignment store with labels like Isabel Marant, Equipment, Mother Denim, and more. The store is beautifully merchandised and the assortment skews contemporary. The prices are higher than most consignment stores, however, you are getting quality pieces that show little to no wear. This is one of my favorite stores for work wear and shoes. If you feel overwhelmed about where to start, ask the sales team to help you with pieces in your size. They know what’s in the store at any given moment and are great at pulling together looks.
This isn’t a consignment or resale store though you do need to shop it like it is one. You have to go in with an open mind. UAL specializes in purchasing samples from designer showrooms and I hear they purchase items that did not sell from stores like Bloomingdale’s. This store is the last stop in the retail cycle of stores but you often can find clothes that are just hitting stores and some great staples like classic tops and sweaters. They carry everything from shoes, accessories, and apparel to home goods and beauty products.
Baubles & Beads
This consignment store is a more traditional consignment or resale store and is no frills. But you will find great labels from brands like Kate Spade, Theory, and even newer labels like Tularosa. They carry shoes and accessories as well but the apparel is where you should focus. Check the store hours before you go as they are not open as late as most stores.
What list is complete without Goodwill? In Austin, my favorites are on Lake Austin Boulevard and South Lamar. The Lake Austin Boulevard store is filled with natural light (great for seeing what you really look like in clothes) and is great for finding lightly used workout apparel from Nike, Lululemon, and Under Armour. The South Lamar store is surrounded by a neighborhood of young professionals. You can find great casual outfits and accessories like beaded handbags. One of my best finds was a BHLDN dress for $15 that still retails for $198. I was able to wear it to my sister’s wedding in December!
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