What I'm Buying Secondhand + What I'm Consigning, Part 2
Another inspiring purge.
Another year, another day spent going through my overgrown closet and plucking out the proverbial weeds.
New year, same clothes. This year, I want to really focus on what I have in my closet and how to wear even the most extreme pieces that get pushed to that back of the rails. I want to study more of the things I wear again and again again and double down on them. And I want to dive deeper into different brands, more emerging names and more authentically true vintage pre-1980s fantasies. So, here’s what I’ve been buying secondhand lately—as well as what I’ve been consigning.
I’ll be writing these dispatches as a series this year, charting each time I bundle up a new batch of pieces for a consignment and detailing what I’ve been buying as I get rid of those pieces.
First up, the fun part. Here’s what I’ve been buying secondhand.
What I’m buying:
Studded (or spiked) shoes
Chunky silver and gold studs all over shoes…I want them all. I recently revived my most-worn pair of shoes from the mid 2000s—a pair of black leather open-back mules covered in big, chubby circular studs—by taking them to the cobbler and giving them new life. But I’ve also been turning back to a perennial favorite of mine; the Junya Watanabe studded ankle boots. I got these at the original Dover Street Market Sample sale in 2016 for an insane price. I actually bought two pairs, one in black and another in snakeskin-texture brownish-green, which I sold to help out with some of the damage I did at the sale. Well, I just re-purchased a pair of the aforementioned snakeskin shoes secondhand that look unworn (imagine if they’re the originals I sold…!). I will be wearing lots and lots and lots of studs on shoes in 2024. There are so many great options I already have in my closet, but I’m also eyeing a pair from Toga Pulla.
Crystal flower jewelry from Miu Miu
There is a very specific collection of mid 2000s Miu Miu jewelry that wholly embraces big Swarovski crystals, pearls, deep yellow gold and in general, the girlish, whimsical whirl of girlhood that makes old Miu Miu so great.