1. Know What You Want
find a few designers or lines that really speak to you and your budget.
2. Go Slowly
This is a process that takes time, so it’s best not to rush it. Be prepared to come up empty-handed time and time again.
If you can enjoy the process, you’ll find yourself having quite a bit of fun. After all, Scouring consignment shops and thrift stores is like looking for treasure. And when you score second hand designer clothes for a few bucks, you’re going to feel like a million.
3. Know Quality
You’re eventually going to come across a piece you love, but have no idea who made it. It helps to learn how to recognize a quality piece of clothing when you see it.
Start by looking at the seams. Are they sewn properly? Grip the fabric on both sides of the seam and pull gently. If the thread holding the seams together pulls apart slightly, it’s not sewn properly.
Look at other details. Is there top-stitching? Are there four buttons on the cuff rather than three? Is there any bead work? Is there a 2-inch hem for pants? Are the buttons or fasteners sewn on securely?
All these tiny, subtle details point to a high-quality garment over a cheap one.
4. Go for a Test Run
I know it’s hard to learn how to recognize quality at first. You can shorten your learning curve by heading to a high-quality boutique or retailer, like Saks or Macy’s. Go find high-quality designer clothes and look closely at the details mentioned in step 3. Try on the clothing and see how it feels.
You’ll likely notice an immediate difference. These clothes are simply better made, and you can feel it.