Today’s post was written by Toni Lange, Mint Condition
Veteran consignment shoppers have a mantra in common – Never pay full price! They agree you can buy top brands, recent styles and current trends at a fraction of retail price simply by shopping high-end consignment stores.
The ladies at Mint Condition, voted again “Best Consignment Shop” by Virginia Living magazine this year, share a few of their favorite looks and tips for the season.
We’ve put together a few fabulous fall outfits highlighting some of our favorite key trends. All items pictured were hand picked from the racks of our two-story consignment boutique and are available for sale!
Outfit #1: Sweater Weather
There’s nothing like throwing on a cozy sweater when the weather turns cold. Neutral tans and greys are big this season, and look universally great with all coloring and body types. Dress up any outfit with a fabulous pair of gumball drop earrings, which are so in style right now! We have tons of colors and styles starting at $19.99. We also recommend purchasing a great pair of leather booties at the beginning of the season to last you the whole year – We love the gold accents on these wardrobe go-tos.
Sweater – Vince, size XS, $89.99 (Retail $375)B
Booties – Franco Sarto, $44.99
Earrings – $24.99
Outfit #2: Fringe Is In
Fall is quickly approaching, but the warm temperatures will continue through September. Always have lightweight tops and fall sandals ready for those warmer days. Fringe is a look we love, and these black leather sandals by Loeffler Randall are a great transitional piece. A new pair of jeans is always a fall necessity and we have many styles by FRAME, AG, Paige, Mother, 7 For All Mankind and more, many even new with tags. This is a great outfit for casual Friday at work, happy hour, or a fall stroll around Old Town!
Blouse – Pepin, size large, $42.99 (Retail $265)
Jeans – Frame, size 29, $52.99 (Retail $209)
Sandals – Loeffler Randall, size 7, $98 (Retail $375)
Earrings – $24.99
Outfit #3: Back in Black… & White
Everyone needs a perfect little black dress and black and white is a trend that never goes out of style. This collared, short-sleeved dress is perfect for fall as the weather changes but temps are still balmy. Pair it with the Milly black leather micro bag with gold accents, and this perfect pair of slide-on flat, croc embossed mules – another huge trend we are loving this season.
Dress – FRENCH, size medium, $36.99
Bag – Milly Sophia mini crossbody, SALE $41.99
Shoes – Freda Salvador, size 7.5, $95 (Retail $375)
Outfit #4: Stepped Up Staples
This season is all about extra details, embellishments, metallics and adding fashion design elements to otherwise simple wardrobe basics. A crewneck sweater in an unexpected pattern, with a metallic stripe and a collar-embellished neckline is a perfect example. Add a tasseled pair to your arsenal of flats. The pop of red with a Proenza micro bag completes the outfit – You are on trend and fall ready!
Sweater – Veronica Beard, size medium, $99.99 (Retail $395)
Proenza Schouler – PS1 Tiny Satchel crossbody in red leather, $695 (In stores now – Retail $1,495)
Jeans – AMO, size 26, $49.99 (Retail $260)
Keeping up with current trends, shopping your favorite designers and adding new items to your wardrobe every season doesn’t have to be expensive. At Mint Condition, you can have it all for a fraction of regular retail. Now say it with me – Never pay full price!