I used to think I couldn’t wear yellow. I’m pretty sure I was advised by one of those old Color Me Beautiful seminars – “You should never wear that color, you’re an Autumn!” Clearly, we were misguided in those days. Yellow, different tones of it, of course, is beautiful on everyone and the proof is in these pictures. This is a “look at me” color and the hue you pick when you want to stand out in a crowd. That said, as a spokesperson for pale and sometimes red-splotched skin, a self-tan couldn’t hurt when choosing this color.Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images Embed from Getty Images
A pink fringe skirt. A white feather and lace dress. White snow boots and a vintage leather jacket.
They are all things I have bought used this past year in Tucson and online, and all of them garnered more compliments than my new clothes. In fact, I now have more fun buying used clothes than new. TheRealReal founder, Julie Wainwright, said it best when she commented last year, “People don’t care if their clothes are new anymore.”
It’s also one thing Tucson does really well! This desert city is a hub not only of edgy, but luxury resale fashion. After working at the stylish Posh Boutique for three years, I won’t buy a new designer bag again. Like ever. If I need a ski sweater or sweet cowboy boots, I will head to Buffalo Exchange. When my kids want to go thrifting, they sell and buy at Plato’s Closet. And when I’m looking for other fashionable treasures I can’t find in T-town, I’m obsessed with ThredUp, an online resale marketplace.
Considering Australia is on fire largely because of climate change and our global glut of retail fashion is one of the biggest contributors to greenhouse gases, buying resale and recycling our own clothing is something to seriously think about in 2020. I mean, the royals do it!
Fashion treasure hunting has a strong Northwest Tucson contender in Goodwill’s GoodThreads Boutique on Oracle. I finally checked out the location earlier this week after my friend, Katie, found a cute cow print purse there. I didn’t have such luck, but I almost bought a pair of brand new, gray boots from a Cole Haan/Sharapova collab–I can’t buy any more boots, it’s an addiction!
Styled very similar to a Buffalo Exchange store, GoodThreads sells the higher-quality goods that people throw out on a Marie Kondo whim. From cowboy boots to belts, wall posters to evening gowns and purses, this boutique has clusters of items stuffed in all corners that are worthy of a new home. If you saw the dire climate change news this week, we should no longer scoff at buying used goods, especially fashion. Hey, and there’s a 50% off sale this Saturday, May 18!
One word of caution: the Coach bags there seemed authentic, but the Louis Vuitton, Gucci and Fendi bags the store was selling looked pretty fake or dragged-by-a-car-for-a-mile-damaged.