When I first saw this coat it was hanging in the window of a somewhat unremarkable second hand shop in my hometown in Germany. It was 1986. The color (haha) was perfect and I thought it would be great to wear with boots and black tights. I fell in love. This coat was meant for me.
The coat below is by Carolina Herrera, bought at a local thrift shop not long ago for $1,50. (It was $3, but it was 50% off). Its a silk cotton blend, made in Italy and impeccably tailored. It fits like a glove:
Why am I showing you all this second hand stuff from my closet? Because I’m doing a premature spring cleaning while waiting for a snow storm to hit. It’s nice to take stock and this is what I came up with: 70% is second hand, 10% is hand-sewn, 10% is store bought and new, the remaining 10% are gifts or hand-me-downs.
It helps that I live in a college town with an Ivy League school where students with lots of cash recycle fantastic, almost new clothes. Second hand or vintage shopping is my preferred source as there’s a limited, but special selection to choose from, which make even a Gap sweater seem one of a kind. It’s also usually a third of the original price (or less) and what’s not to like about that?
Now I’m curious, how does your closet look and where do your clothes come from?