Shopping Secondhand Luxury Fashion at The RealReal

My search for a cozy oversized sweater for winter was a toughie. I just wanted something simple. The high-end stuff cost four figures, and the low-end stuff are made from weird acrylic blends. When this Victoria Beckham sweater popped up on The RealReal, it was a no-brainer. You see, I stalk VB stuff on The Real Real. And I’m still stalking stuff from that Fall 2016 collection.

If you don’t know what The Real Real is, I mentioned it in this post about dressing ethically for holiday parties. They’re an online consignment store selling second-hand luxury goods so they’re sustainable. Buying secondhand is not only more affordable, it’s the most sustainable way to shop for fashion.

It’s been a cold winter so far. Since this wool turtleneck is the warmest sweater I own now, I’ve been wearing it a lot. While this particular style doesn’t pop up too often, see more secondhand designer turtlenecks here. There are over a thousand options, but you can filter by size, colour, designer, etc.

Victoria Beckham is an ethical brand because she keeps her production in Britain, but I don’t want to pay over a grand on a sweater. Other brands besides VB that I stalk on The RealReal are The Row, Stella McCartney, Maiyet, and Edun, and they all happen to be ethical.

My Ethical Outfit

SWEATERVICTORIA BECKHAM FALL ’16 (sold out. see other turtlenecks on The RealReal)

JEANSREFORMATION HIGH & SKINNY JEANS, DANUBE WASH

BOOTS — LA CANADIENNE ‘LALA’ BOOTS (see them with other outfits)

PURSEVINTAGE, STELLA LUNA

The jeans are the High & Skinny style from Reformation, in the Danube wash. Made in the USA, Ref jeans are sustainable. The black boots are from La Canadienne and handmade in Italy.

The purse is vintage and probably from the 1960s. I marathoned the show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel recently (go watch!). The wardrobe is a dream, and this purse is something Mrs. Maisel would own.

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