November’s pre-loved roundup

I’m asked a lot about conscious consumption and what it means. For me it’s about respecting the clothes I already own and crucially, buying less but buying better when I must buy new. 

Buying pre-owned is another trick of the ethical trade, which works especially well when you luxe it up and treat yourself to a quality item of clothing or accessory. Guilt-free. 

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I’ll be highlighting the best Irish shops for pre-loved clothes and their standout pieces over the coming months. The joy of second-hand is that you never know when they’ll get an amazing drop! 

Once I stood rapt (and jealous) in a Ranelagh designer consignment boutique as a prominent D6 lady who lunches dropped in “current season McQueen and Alaia” alongside “a raft of Victoria Beckham and Roland Mouret cocktail wear”.... the DREAM.

So I’m starting with these rather high-end picks for the impending festivities.

See, I told you conscious consumption wasn’t as grim as it sounds. I’ll fight you for the Balmain! 

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Prada faux fur for the party season (*swoon*) from the Cobbler’s Wardrobe in Sandymount would glam up anything in your wardrobe. Perched on your shoulder for a glossy night out. With jeans (ooh...or leather trousers) at dusk or over a dress for Winter balls and weddings...endless possibilities. This piece would earn its cost per wear. 

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This Balmain tuxedo jacket is throwing off serious Kimmy K vibes (but in a good way). 

Another staple for the type of girl who’s cooler than I could ever hope to be. Still definitely popping into Platform in Rathgar to try it on though. 

(And did you spot the DVF print dress in the corner...?)  

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Miu Miu’s tailored wool coat is an investment piece. I’d personally shorten it and wear it with a red silk scarf peeping from the collar. I’m having a rather forties moment.

This beauty is from Drury Street’s The Brazilian Dresser.  

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I’d have to pair the Miu Miu with this structured Louis Vuitton in textured black epi leather also from The Brazilian Dresser. 

Joe (the eponymous Brazilian Dresser) specialises in amazing bags. This is where I scouted out my much admired bamboo handled patent Gucci (over on instagram if you’re feeling nosy). 

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Gucci shearling. There are no words. This baby is from a tiny gem of a shop. I’m debating not even telling you about it. It’s that good.

I’ve previously walked out of No.38 Dunville Avenue (I’m no good at keeping secrets...) poorer but happier having relieved them of a soft black double top stitched calfskin Prada and a taupe Victoria Beckham envelope clutch. Both in brand new condition at remarkable prices.  

No.38 is a bit of an Hermès scarf specialist at the moment too if you’re looking for some of the discontinued patterns. 

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And finally, something a little different. A vintage Lanvin headpiece waiting patiently in No.38 for its forever home. Guaranteed to turn heads at a Winter race meet. 

Happy high-end {ethical} shopping!  

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