There’s something about a quick add-to-cart that can boost your mood and quench a seemingly endless thirst for shopping. But nothing quite compares to the thrill of uncovering a preloved gem, particularly after a lengthy hunt. Think about it: That well-worn pair of jeans fits much better than brand-new ones. An already broken-in coat hangs just right over everything (chunky sweaters included!). Then, of course, there are the incredible handbags you can score. And don’t forget the ecological benefits of re-using pieces!
Not just sustainable, a well-loved piece also tends to be superchic. That’s because what’s old always becomes new again in fashion. From iconic silhouettes to trendy statement pieces that gave you pause in seasons’ past, so many styles suddenly feel fresh on the second go-round. Preloved pieces have quite literally stood the test of time—and if you ever grow tired of the item yourself, its resale value is inherently there. Whether you occasionally dabble in thrifting, or consider yourself a treasure-hunting pro, read on for five secondhand pieces that consistently bring style cred.
Attention preloved shoppers: SHEIN has launched a new destination to help reinvent your wardrobe with a convenient new in-app resale feature, SHEIN Exchange. Users can buy or sell preloved pieces from the retailer with just a few clicks. Not only do you look good—you do good by extending the life of each secondhand item. Reducing fashion’s environmental footprint through circularity is never going out of style. Explore now online or on the SHEIN app.
When it comes to jeans, the more wear, the better. Whether it’s a rigid five-pocket design or decorated flare à la the ’70s, going old school is never a bad idea. If a wash is faded or hems are significantly frayed, it just adds more character to your wardrobe.
Few preloved items are as versatile as suits. From wonderfully oversized blazers to perfectly slouchy trousers, these separates sing harmoniously and look equally fab when broken up with tees, knits, dresses, and jeans. Pro tip: Don’t sleep on tailoring for a flawlessly customized fit.
A preloved cocktail number or gown is the best way to combat formalwear fatigue after you’ve honorably served as a bridesmaid five-plus times or RSVP’d for your third wedding of the season. Be honest: You usually only wear these looks once, maybe twice, tops. Why buy new when you can shop silhouettes with a lot more interest, then resell your best looks on SHEIN Exchange for others to live their best-dressed lives?
No question, coats are expensive. But by now you don’t need us to tell you which shopping hack serves up some of the coziest and most unique designs: Preloved! As with jeans, most coats look and feel even better after a bit of breaking in, be it a nubby faux-shearling, tailored wool, or leather design.
Whether you missed out on last season’s hot silhouette or have been mulling over an investment-worthy everyday style, secondhand bags always feel like a discovery akin to buried treasure. Many stand the test of time in classic colors or versatile silhouettes that flawlessly transition from day to night. But others are downright fun and fanciful, making a preloved purchase more justifiable if you hold onto it for a few wears, then resell it.
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Laura Lajiness Kaupke is a freelance writer and editor covering fashion, accessories, and lifestyle topics, including beauty, home, fitness, and travel. You can see her work across various outlets, including VOGUE, Harper’s BAZAAR, ELLE, Marie Claire, InStyle, Glamour, Esquire, Women’s Health, Brides, The Zoe Report, Popsugar, Refinery 29, Coveteur, Byrdie, Well+Good, The Editorialist, among other titles and brands. Laura has worked in the fashion industry for over 11 years and held senior fashion editor positions at Popsugar and The Zoe Report, with additional experience as a copywriter and fashion publicist.