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Designer Trend Alert


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Ladies, as you know, here at My Sister’s Closet, our talented and fabulous San Diego resale pros are constantly on the lookout for the hottest new designer trend.

We let you know when we went gaga for tulle. We told you when it was time to rock the white suit.

And now (clutch your clutches, girls), we have another absolute obsession.

It’s time, fabulous fashionistas, to embrace the ankle boot.

From leather to suede, from Ferragamo to Gucci, the ankle boot is all the rage this season. They’re cute, they’re current, and they combine the best of both worlds: those sky-scraper-esque heels that you simply can’t get enough of and the ever-adorable wintery look of shin-high boots.

(Cue our San Diego designer resale fashion pros.)

The first thing to consider when selecting a pair of too-cool ankle boots is the heel. If you’re going for a sassier, more badass look, we recommend a chunky heel; thicker, shorter, more biker-chick-esque. But if you’re simply more haute couture, try a skinny heel; somewhere between boot and stiletto.

Once you’ve decided on which pair you’re going to rock, it’s time to think outfits, outfits, outfits. The great thing about ankle boots? You can wear them with anything. Yup, we said it: anything.

For a causal and cute vibe, pair them with black leggings and your very favorite oversized sweater. Looking for something a little riskier? We love a mini dress, a leather jacket, and a pair of sexy knee high socks. Date night? Pair a boot/stiletto combo with skinny jeans, a bright top, and a relaxed blazer.

One thing’s certain, ladies: no matter what look you decide to rock with your ankle boots, get ready.  

 

You’ll look just as badass and invincible as you feel.



Look Delicious While Traveling Abroad Because Italian Women Arent into Jerseys


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From the dress sneaker to the modern tank, our men’s consignment store in San Diego, Encinitas and Phoenix pros have been there to help you through even the most difficult style conundrums.

They’ve helped you rock shorts without looking like a cast member from Jersey Shore. They’ve helped you don pastels on days you weren’t headed to Easter brunch with the parents. And today, they’re going to prove that their style badassery stretches even farther than our purple mountains majesty.

Thanks right gentlemen; today, Well Suited talks international style.

Because let’s be honest: Italian women just aren’t into jerseys.

  1. Ditch the athletic look: Not that you can’t don a pair of Nike shorts during a morning run by the Seine, but for all other activities other than, you know, actually being athletic, its best to leave the Reebok hoodies and puma crew socks at home. Instead, stock your wardrobe with the basics: buy a few Chinos, invest in some nicer pants, and layer on the sweaters (cable knit, cardigans, have at it). The more well-fitting, the better.



  2. Don’t be afraid to accessorize: Relax; we know we just used the A-word, and it wasn’t a mistake. Example? Go out and get yourself a scarf. Don’t worry, you won’t end up looking like Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz. But with a light cotton scarf (stay to neutrals: gray, navy, brown) you will end up looking like a fashion forward man of Europe. Bonjourno, ladies.

  3. Color: We’ve talked about embracing color before (from pastels to bold pants), and we’re going to talk about it again: when dressing for a trip aboard, don’t shy away from color. Though there’s no need to dress like a stoplight, pair a neutral shirt with a pair of colored Chinos: red, blue, green. Later on, mix it up by doing the opposite, with a pair of neutral Chinos and a bold tee.

Looking to Europe-up your wardrobe without dropping some serious dough? Just check out our Well Suited men’s designer clothes in San Diego, Encinitas and Phoenix.

You’ll be looking effortlessly awesome at a café in no time.

 

Oh, and by the way - from what we hear, European ladies dig the American accent. 



Out with the Old Items in Your Closet Youre Better Off Without


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Gentlemen, the fashion pros at our men’s consignment store in San Diego, Encinitas, and Phoenix know: there comes a time in every man’s life when he has to gear up, take a deep breath, and tackle one of the most challenging tasks there is.

We’re talking, of course, about the Great Post-College Closet Purge. What exactly is the Great Post-College Closet Purge, you ask? We’re glad you did.

To put it simply, every man collects an…interesting array of clothing throughout his college years. Maybe you were a dedicated frat boy, decked out in sleeveless tees, backwards hats, and Alpha Beta Kappa Phi insignia everywhere you went. Maybe you were the “Did we have class today?” type, the guy who rolls out of bed two minutes before his midterm, throws on a “clean” sweatshirt, a pair of I-bought-these-at-Gap-my-senior-year-of-high-school jeans, and sprints out the door.

But no matter what your personal college style, chances are, both you and your life have evolved since the days of too-late nights and that deep appreciation of PBR you were sure you’d always have. And chances are, your wardrobe has not.

So men, it’s time. It’s time to throw open those closet doors, scour your shelves, and replace the items you know you should not still be wearing with pieces that match your (hopefully) more mature look. Roll up those sleeves; here is our Well Suited how-to guide:

  1. Flip flops: Sure, they were great for late-night walks from those killer house parties, and yes, nothing gripped your long board as well as your trusty Rainbows, but it’s time to retire your worn out man flops. For your days off, look instead for awesome (non-athletic) sneakers and casual loafers. We promise, they’ll be just as comfortable.
  2. “Class of…”: While we know you love your alma mater as much as the next Animal House fan, it’s time to ditch your striking collection of “Class of 2001” t-shirts and sweats. Yes - you can still keep a few for working out or lounging around the house, but as far as the whole “going out in public” thing goes, it’s time to say goodbye.
  3. The ill-fitting suit: Maybe it got you through formal after formal. Maybe it was the suit you wore to your very first job interview. We know it can be sentimental, but no matter what fond memories you made in your trusty suit, when you’re constantly tugging at the sleeves and your morning sock decision becomes integral because they’ll be on display up to your shins, it’s time to get a new suit. (Looking to buy a designer suit without the designer price tag? Check out our collection of men’s designer clothes in San Diego, Encinitas, and Phoenix.)

We know it might be hard. We know it might be tiring. But men – it’ll be worth it.

 

Oh, and tell your girlfriend she’s welcome.



I Have Nothing to Wear Screamed Every Woman in Unison


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Our Phoenix and San Diego consignment gurus know: it is the age old conundrum.

It’s the moment you wake up fifteen minutes before your big Monday morning meeting. Its the moment you realize you forgot to pick up this week’s dry cleaning and your favorite sweater still has last week’s mimosa stain on the bottom lefthand corner.

It’s the moment you stand in front of your closet - clothes strewn across chairs, shelves, laundry baskets; the clock ticking away and the cab horn beeping – and you suddenly scream: I have nothing to wear!

Rest assured, fabulous fashionistas, you are not alone. In fact, we’re willing to bet one pair of patent leather Prada pumps that at any given time, in any given country, at least 10,000 other women are throwing their hands in the air and screaming the exact same thing.

The solution? Get ready ladies – the My Sister’s Closet “What to Wear When You Have Nothing to Wear” mini-course is now in session!

1.       Closet Cleanse: Step number one is to start with a clean closet pallet. You know that wide brim sunhat you were convinced you were going to wear every day a la Audrey Hepburn? What about that yellow stripe romper you bought on a whim before your vacation last year? And don’t even get us started on that itty-bitty Spice Girls halter you simply had to have circa 1997 (we love you, Posh). To reduce the stress, reduce the clutter and start anew!

2.       Stick to the Staples: The more wardrobe staples you have, the better. Because the classics never go out of style (and are easy to mix and match!), making an “I’m running late and still haven’t had my latte yet” decision becomes a cinch. The shopping list? One black structured blazer, one cable knit sweater, one pair of fitted black trousers, two pairs of jeans (one slouchy, one skinny), two work-appropriate button downs, one gray pencil skirt, a an eye-catching scarf/handbag combo, and of course, that gorgeous LBD.

3.       Organization is your new BFF: Once you’ve ditched the drab and stocked up on the staples (still looking? Have you checked our Phoenix or San Diego consignment store yet?), it's time to get organized. Separate your clothes, first by piece (shirts on hangers to the left, pants folded to the right), and then by function. To cut down on digging time (through clothes piles, that is), keep your cocktail attire away from your go-to interview look.

Whether you’re looking for a place to trade in old designer styles for the new or you’re on the hunt for the classic must-haves, our My Sister’s Closet Phoenix and San Diego consignment collections will have you covered – so you won’t have to ever go uncovered.



MySistersCloset Twitterviews AliLevineDesign


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@MySistersCloset Twitterviews @AliLevineDesign

Ali is a celebrity stylist based in Los Angles. She has styled for numerous TV shows and movies, such as New Girl and X-men First Class. She also recently styled two celebrities, Kat Opplet and Tess Broussard, for the red carpet at the Emmy’s this past weekend. Make sure to follow her amazing blog: http://www.alilevinedesign.com/blog-2/

@MySistersCloset Twitterviews @AliLevineDesign

@AliLevineDesign: Can’t Wait!!! TY! #MySistersCloset #Twitterview

@MySistersCloset: Thanks for “talking” to us! We know you are a super busy lady these days Q1: What has been your favorite styling job so far?

ALD: AWW TY! Wow! I’ve had so many amaze ones.. but recently @JoeyKingActress for @glamoholicmag we had a blast w/ her outfits!

MSC: Oooo so rocker chic!

ALD: Yes!! Very! We had a lot of fun, and she’s amazing :*

MSC: 2nd Q: When you style where do you get your biggest inspirations from?

ALD: I pull my inspiration from so many places! Blogs, magazines, my own clothes, ever day people watchin it’s a mix of everything!

MSC: It never ends does it? ALD: Never!! I was inspired last night at 1 am from my husbands new golf shirt!! LOLL #Stylistproblems

MSC: Hey never know where it will come from. Best ideas are at 1AM sometimes...

ALD: haha this is true dolls!! Especially when I barely sleep!

MSC: Q3: What trends/designers were you most excited about at #FashionWeek?

ALD: Oh goodness! I had so many! @marcjacobs was amaze! So was @NicoleMillerNYC! I love all the creams and rust colors...

ALD: Olive Greens, and golds! @marissawebbnyc is a new designer I also loved #NYFW was fabulous this year!

MSC: Omgosh were you at @marcjacobs? So jealous...I’d be shipwrecked or whatever that was nay day with him...

ALD: @marcjacobs - Ladies I wish! Ughh Amaze! But I did watch it LIVE from my IPAD!! :* Obsessed with his nautical show!

MSC: Ok, back on track sort of... 4Q: If you could keep ONLY ONE items from your closet, what would it be?

ALD: LOL sorry!! I can get off track...It’s #Fashion and well I’m a #Stylist what can I say?! :)

MSC: It’s ok we do that a lot here too.

ALD: Yikes!!! So I’m stranded on a non fashionable island and its just my one item in my closet?! It’d have to by my shoes

ALD: They are just my #favorite!! I have a whole wall of them! #guilty #shoegame

MSC: Which shoe if you could only pick one? hahaha

ALD: Thank god it’s almost Friday! Are you trying to make me stress?! LOL!! Okay fine my @Dior!

Ali Levine

MSC: LOL good choice, pink goes well with a straw skirt and coconut bra...

ALD: Ahemmmm and my umbrella straw and possibly the flower in my hair?! LOL!! #sassystylist

MSC: OK last Q: What can we expect to see from you next? What’s on the agenda.

ALD: Well there’s quite a bit! A few new editorials, Red Carpet premiers, another feature in a magazine on me...busy year!

ALD: You can always stay up to date on the blog too! http://www.alilevinedesign.com/blog-2/... New work & fashion tips! Can’t wait to share :*

MSC: Sounds amazing & busy! We appreciate the time you took to “tweet” with us! If you are in the SD/Encinitas area come see us! Or better yet stop by our stores in #Phoenix...14 stores and counting...

ALD: Thanks for having me!! It was fun! I’d love to come say hello! Maybe my next shoot in #SanDiego or #Phoenix Xox.



The Urban Cowboy


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Gentlemen, get ready. Our men’s consignment store San Diego and Phoenix pros are about to tell you something that may or may not be just a little life changing.

And it has to do with your lifelong dream of dressing up like the epitome of badass.

No. We are not advocating you finally whip out the black cape and batman mask you currently have hidden (“waiting“) in that one box to the left in the back of your closet.

Men, we are talking about none other than the look that was rocked time and time again by the ultimate badasses of the wild, wild, west.

Prepare to become the Urban Cowboy.

Less is more: We know it, you know it, Peter knows it: with great power comes great responsibility. When we say “Urban Cowboy”, our men’s clothes pros are not giving you a free pass to return to your boyhood hobby horse or slap a pair of a spurs onto your workplace Oxfords. Keep in mind as you read our how-to: less is more. The goal is understated and classic, with just a hint of “Don’t worry, I’ll wrangle that bull, no problem.” 

Start slow: We’d never knock Mr. Travolta, but please – no denim on denim. Here’s our recommendation: start slow with a light-wash denim shirt, buttoned, rolled up to the elbows and pair it with dusty brown Chinos. Option number two? Find a not-so-fitted flannel (no neon), roll the sleeves, and pull on a pair of not-so-skinny jeans – any wash works. At a loss? Check out our men’s designer clothes in San Diego or Phoenix, y’all. 

Experts (or actual cowboys) only: Were going to get a little more intense here with the hat, the boots, and the buckle. Unless you’re Toby Keith, its Halloween, or you’re actually herding a group of cows, let’s go ahead and nix the hat. The boots? If you must, our recommendation would be to wear a pair as understated as you can – something shin length, slightly covered by jeans, and a deep brown. And the buckle? Hey – why the hell not? Go crazy, cowboy.

The number one rule to remember when going for the urban cowboy look? Stay understated and own it.

Giddyup.



Were Gaga for Tulle and Were Not Sorry


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Ask any fashion pro at our Phoenix or San Diego consignment stores and they’ll tell you: My Sister’s Closet is gaga for tulle. We simply cannot get enough.

But, fabulous fashionistas, there are those out there who question the wonder that is tulle.

“Where do you find tulle designer clothing?” they might ask. “And isn’t hard to wear?”

To our beautiful tulle-timid friends, we have just two words for you:

Carrie. Bradshaw.


Not only does the witty and gorgeous New Yorker - portrayed by the lovely Sarah Jessica Parker - don the unforgettable look in the Sex and the City title sequence (don’t pretend you haven’t lusted over her simple and feminine pink tank and white tutu ensemble), but the relatable and relevant Ms. Bradshaw brings tulle back to her Manolo-heeled, cab-hailing world time and time again.

From wispy skirts to fabulous European evening gowns to the mint green ballet-inspired dress she wore through the streets of Paris during that amazing series finale, the verdict is in: our girl knows how to rule the tulle.

But before you start comparing your shoe count to Carrie’s, take a look at our three, fail-proof My Sister’s Closet tips on how to rock tulle the right way:

1.       Focus on flattering: Though it may seem obvious, when incorporating tulle into your wardrobe, focus on flattering. Because tulle is all volume, too much can be overwhelming. Whether you’re looking for dresses or skirts, keep an eye out for a-line: the natural shape will flatter both your waist and your hips, while creating a soft and dramatic effect.

2.       Keep it simple: Have you happened upon a gorgeous, layered tulle skirt (perhaps at one of our Phoenix or San Diego consignment store locations)? Is your new favorite tank adorned with gorgeous tulle embellishments? If so, keep the rest of your outfit simple – it’ll help to highlight the whimsical fabric without overdoing it.

3.       Think outside the skirt: Another good rule of tulle is to think outside the skirt. Though the empire waist is gorgeous and classic, don’t be afraid to try tulle where you might least expect it. From swimsuits to handbags to eye-catching pumps, tulle doesn’t need to be overstated to have an effect.

No matter how you choose to rule the tulle, our favorite fabric’s flow and flattering fit makes the look a true showstopper any day of week.

(Just make sure you avoid New York puddles and those pesky city buses.) For more tulle, stop by any one of our Phoenix or San Diego consignment stores today or shop online at http://www.mysisterscloset.com/



We are gaga for tulle and not a bit sorry


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Ask any fashion pro at our Phoenix or San Diego consignment stores and they’ll tell you: My Sister’s Closet is gaga for tulle. We simply cannot get enough.

But, fabulous fashionistas, there are those out there who question the wonder that is tulle.

“Where do you find tulle designer clothing?” they might ask. “And isn’t hard to wear?”

To our beautiful tulle-timid friends, we have just two words for you:

Carrie. Bradshaw.


Not only does the witty and gorgeous New Yorker - portrayed by the lovely Sarah Jessica Parker - don the unforgettable look in the Sex and the City title sequence (don’t pretend you haven’t lusted over her simple and feminine pink tank and white tutu ensemble), but the relatable and relevant Ms. Bradshaw brings tulle back to her Manolo-heeled, cab-hailing world time and time again.

From wispy skirts to fabulous European evening gowns to the mint green ballet-inspired dress she wore through the streets of Paris during that amazing series finale, the verdict is in: our girl knows how to rule the tulle.

But before you start comparing your shoe count to Carrie’s, take a look at our three, fail-proof My Sister’s Closet tips on how to rock tulle the right way:

1.       Focus on flattering: Though it may seem obvious, when incorporating tulle into your wardrobe, focus on flattering. Because tulle is all volume, too much can be overwhelming. Whether you’re looking for dresses or skirts, keep an eye out for a-line: the natural shape will flatter both your waist and your hips, while creating a soft and dramatic effect.

2.       Keep it simple: Have you happened upon a gorgeous, layered tulle skirt (perhaps at one of our Phoenix or San Diego consignment store locations)? Is your new favorite tank adorned with gorgeous tulle embellishments? If so, keep the rest of your outfit simple – it’ll help to highlight the whimsical fabric without overdoing it.

3.       Think outside the skirt: Another good rule of tulle is to think outside the skirt. Though the empire waist is gorgeous and classic, don’t be afraid to try tulle where you might least expect it. From swimsuits to handbags to eye-catching pumps, tulle doesn’t need to be overstated to have an effect.

No matter how you choose to rule the tulle, our favorite fabric’s flow and flattering fit makes the look a true showstopper any day of week.

(Just make sure you avoid New York puddles and those pesky city buses.) For more tulle, stop by any one of our Phoenix or San Diego consignment stores today or shop online at http://www.mysisterscloset.com/



The Walk of Game Mastering the Night to Day Look


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Don’t worry.

Here at our My Sister’s Closet Phoenix and San Diego consignment store, we don’t judge.

We’re talking of course about the one-thing-leads-to-the-next, which-bar-did-we-go-to, waking-up-wearing-last-night’s-makeup Walk of…well, you know.

Seriously – we’ve all been there.


But, gorgeous even-sans-hairbrush fashionistas, our Phoenix and San Diego consignment pros are here to help you go drab to fab, no matter what early morning-after brunch date you’re running late to. Here is the My Sister’s Closet way to turn your Walk of Shame into a Walk of Game.

1.       Get creative: So your eyeliner is a little smeared, your pout is not so perfect, and your hair is looking slightly reminiscent of one of those cartoon tumbleweeds on TV. Solution? A dollop of Vaseline and just a pinch of powder. Apply the Vaseline to your lips (it will smooth out whatever color you still have), your brows and your lashes to straighten up and lengthen. Apply the powder (not too much!) to your roots to get rid of the flat and greasies, and don’t be afraid to rock that overnight volume.

2.       Borrow, reinvent, and rock it: It’s time to channel your inner Clueless for a moment – yes, we’re talking about the fifteen different ways that Tai switched up her look before donning the perfect party outfit. Though you obviously (unfortunately), won’t have access to your closet, get inventive. Rock a guy friend’s flannel shirt with last night’s skinny jeans, through a friend’s vintage tee over your black bandage dress to get a laid-back, rocker feel. Hey, why not?

3.       Strut like you mean it: Our final piece of wisdom? Own your night to daytime look. Sure, you may not have been able to whip out the straightener for that pesky fly-away, but if you face the (too-bright) sun in your favorite pair of sunnies, a strut in your step, and a smile on your face, you may just be able to fool them all anyway.

 

And hey, at the very least, you’ll still have a damn good story.



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@MySistersCloset Twitterviews @CareyPenaTV

Carey Peña is a co-anchor of 3TV news at 9 and Politics Unplugged. She is avid bargain shopper and frequents our stores.

@MySistersCloset Twitterviews @CareyPenaTV

  • CareyPenaTV: Twitterview! My go-to brands: @MyRebeccaTaylor, @MillybyMichelle, @Zara @BCBGMAXAZRIA @BananaRepublic and @MalandrinoBuzz

  • MySistersCloset: ooo we love them all! Opening Zara up in AZ soon!! All so classic

  • CP: I know! can’t wait for @Zara to open @ ScottsdaleFS Great looks, great prices!

  • MSC: K 2nd Q: If you could raid any celebs closet who would it be?

  • CP: Sarah Jessica Parker or Kate Moss. OR @TheRealOliviaP Love her blog

  • MSC: Obsessed with them all 3rd Q: If you could keep only ONE item in your closet what would it be? WE MEAN ONE lol ;)

  • CP: My @HouseofHerrera Wedding dress to pass down to my baby girl

  • MSC: Awe that is so special! I bet it’s stunning! 4th Q: What do you like to see men in the most?

  • CP: Clothes that fit! Don’t have to be super expensive, so long as they fit

  • MSC: The worst! Saggy bottoms and shirt are no bueno on anyone Last Q: What is the perfect girls night out?

  • CP: I love the #foodie scene. So, anywhere there is great food, wine and music=perfect

  • MSC: mmm making us hungry and thirsty

  • Thanks for letting us turn the tables on you! We look forward to see you in our stores and more importantly on air! :P

  • CP: Thanks for asking to Twitterview me. Always a please to talk #Fashion :)



Tank Tops and Bros A Love Story


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Our men’s consignment store San Diego and Phoenix pros see them all the time.

They march through our stores, glaring and multicolored. They head toward our walls of clothes, neon bubble letters beaming like traffic lights, catchy slogans and organization names dancing through the aisles.

And when our pros see them, matched dutifully with backwards hats and black canvas Vans, there’s only one thing we can say.

The bros are back in town.

Though we know the bro code by heart and though we’ll never say no to a comfortable pair of sneakers (especially when rocking them with a suit), we do feel the need to hold a bro tank intervention. Yes, you may have been a badass running through campus in your shin-high crew socks, flask akimbo, but gentlemen, why not leave your frat-tastic days in the past?

While unfortunately, we won’t be able to help out with your Alpha-Beta-Kappa-Gamma withdrawal, we can help when it comes to leaving your old tanks behind and moving forward into the land of the refined tank.

Yes. You will still be able to ‘Sun’s out, guns out!’ if you really feel inclined. If you decide to veer in a much classier direction, we'd love to help you get there. But in the meantime, for God's sake, AT LEAST follow a few rules (for the children's sake).

Here’s the Well Suited way to own the modern tank:

 

  1. Go big: Try to stay away from small lines or designs that will give you the 14-year-old-in-a-screen-tee look. Instead, go big. Thick stripes, total solids, interesting colors (no neon, please) – if you’re going to commit, commit. You might also be surprised to find out that many top designers these days are jumping in on the tank trend (check out our collection of men’s designer clothes in San Diego and Phoenix for a low-stress find. And yes, we know our racks aren't brimming with tank tops - we're not gonna go there, man.) 
  2. The perfect fit: Aim for the perfect fit. For tanks, this means structured, slightly loose (we do not recommend the Russell Simmons look), and (far) above the thighs. Somewhat slouchy is alright, but remember: this isn’t the gym and it isn’t your childhood front yard during summer when your dad was garnering looks from the neighbors by mowing the lawn in that used-to-be-white, grease-stained, seven-inches-from-the-armpit sleeveless shirt. 
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  3. Down under: If we had to pick two words to sum up the perfect tank look, we’d quote GQ in saying, aim for “urban gentlemen.” You are not Tony Soprano on his day off (or, let’s face it, day on), nor are you, most likely, Vin Diesel. Pair a tank with well-fitting Chino shorts, or if you’re on the beach, a pair of modern trunks. And unless you’re heading to the gym, no athletic shorts. 

Still refusing to turn around the hat? Go find our men’s consignment store in San Diego or Phoenix on our website at http://www.shopwellsuited.com/



Youre Not Wearing Enough Pastels


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What the pros in our men’s consignment store in San Diego and Phoenix are going to say might surprise you.

You’re not wearing enough pastels.


Now before you grab your navy sweatshirt to pull on over your 1990s faded jeans and scuffed black Vans, hear us out: pastel isn’t just for yacht club gatherings at the Hamptons anymore. In fact, it can be downright boss if you know how to pull it off.

Yup – that’s where we come in.

Welcome to the Well Suited guide to going pastel. We’ll teach you how to shop for it, how to rock it, and maybe most importantly, how to never overdo it.

Class in is session, gentlemen.

 

  1. For the newbie: Worried that pastels will have you dressing like a year-round Easter Bunny? Relax and start slow. For the pastel newbie, keep the rest of your wardrobe the same but switch up your dress shirt. Instead of a starched white button down, go for a soft purple, a cool mint (rock it like Kanye has this season), or a light pink. Yeah, we said it. Light pink. 
  2. The pant: Though we’re always fans of going bold, if you’re comfortable with color down below, try lightening it up a couple shades. Green and blue are instant staples, and can easily be paired with a black or white shirt and loafers, giving you a masculine, modern look that’s anything but high maintenance. 
  3. Beachfront: Low key and comfortable, swim trunks are also a totally viable option when it comes to incorporating pastel into your wardrobe. Prints, stripes, whatever; owning pastel on vacation is the perfect way to go lighter without having to worry about overdoing it.

 

Still doubting the badassery that is manly pastel? Don’t worry; our fashion pros will set you straight. Just stop by one of our Well Suited locations or check us out online to take a look at our men’s designer clothes in San Diego and Phoenix. 



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My Sisters Closet Creates Revenue for Nonprofits Project Charity


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Project Charity is an opportunity for nonprofit groups to ask for donations from their supporters without anyone having to reach into their pocketbooks. Let's face it, we all have excess in our homes and closets, often times in the form of some great items that we no longer wear or use. We can put those items to better use by recycling at My Sister’s Closet stores and giving back a portion of the sale to worthy organizations. Most recently, we have set up accounts to benefit the Phoenix Art Museum, AZ Humane Society, Rancho Coastal Humane Society, Project Sarah, and Friends of Animal Care & Control.

It takes less than 10 minutes to set up an account for your nonprofit and then let supporters know how simple it is to clean out closets for your favorite charity.

Project Charity is another way for nonprofits to have their own "thrift" store without the hassle of running or operating a retail thrift operation. The ease of simply dropping off your better used clothing, accessories and home goods at any of our multiple locations for your favorite charity, makes it easy for supporters to help when they may not be able to give a cash donation. All they have to do is ask My Sister's Closet to send them a check from the account!



Tweed. Yes, You Can.


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At our men’s consignment store in San Diego and Phoenix, we find we’re constantly encouraging everyday guys to take the fashion leap.Yes, rock the shawl-collar cardigan (if you’re still typing the words “shawl-collar” into Google, think Don Draper’s downtime attire).

Yes, confidently pair classic sneakers with a suit for the perfect look badass/feel badass combination.

Yes, ditch the I-wore-them-on-Spring-Break-freshman-year-so-I-know-they’re-cool, low-riding hibiscus swim trunks for a pair of flattering, modern swim shorts.

But what about tweed?

Well, to put it simply: yes. Yes, you can.

When most guys think about tweed, they immediately think about that calc professor they had senior year. Remember him? The guy who somehow always had chalk smeared across his sleeves and perpetually smelled like mothballs? 

Well, gentlemen, welcome to the future. Say goodbye to your stale notions of tweed (and the newly awoken, previously repressed memory of your C- in calc), and say hello to a style designed to make you look cooler than Harrison Ford during a history lesson. Here is the Well Suited way to do tweed:

1.  Go modern: Though most guys think that the words “tweed” and “blazer” go together like “foot-longs” and “beer,” you don’t have to go classic when you’re wearing tweed. Trade the old school look for something new, like an unstructured tweed bomber jacket, perfect for a date or just hanging out at the bar.

2. Dress it up: In the words of the ultimate gentleman, “Suit up!” That’s right, we’re talking tweed suits. The trick here is to stick to a neutral color. Like with all suits, make sure it’s fitted, and pair it with something simple underneath (think grey suit, white collared shirt, black tie). If that's too boring, experiment with a colored pant. Anything to draw attention to your crotch area is subliminally sexy, right?

      3. Classic: You say “tweed coat,” we say “absolutely.” Though mixing it up with something like a bomber jacket is one way to go, you can still rock the classic style while looking modern. Go for a structured overcoat; a light brown is a great pick. Make sure it has some type of a collar, is well tailored, and hits you a few inches above the knee (this is not the Matrix).

So the next time you’re on the hunt for men’s designer clothes in San Diego or Phoenix, drop by Well Suited. We’re just saying - Professor Henry “Indiana” Jones better watch himself.  



Mimosa Chic The Perfect Brunch Outfit


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You know those moments when you just can’t help but smile? Like when you snag that perfect find at our Phoenix or San Diego consignment store or when you score that amazing promotion you’ve been eyeing for months. Or, even better, when you find yourself sipping a free drink courtesy of that thighs-abs-shoulders-pecs situation across the bar.

And then, of course, there’s our all-time favorite: Sunday brunch with the crew. We love everything about brunch - mimosas, gossiping, napping through our afternoon plans, and looking absolutely fierce on an afternoon we’d otherwise spend running errands.

But after an exhausting Monday through Friday, after a way-too-fun Saturday night out (Advil and oversized sunnies, a must), sometimes the last thing you want to have to do on a Sunday morning is root through a closet full of couture clothes looking for the perfect ensemble.

Our solution? Master the mimosa chic look (with help from our fashion-forward Phoenix and San Diego consignment pros, of course) long before you’re getting ready to hit the eggs benny, and day-of styling will be a cinch. Here are three helpful My Sister’s Closet tips for picking the perfect brunch outfit:

  1. Cute and comfy? Yes, you can: Just because you’re aiming for effortlessly flawless doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to comfort and say hello to “I hope they have someone to carry me out of this restaurant because I’m too full to handle these Michael Kors skinny jeans.” Sure, Sunday brunch means glamour and Instragramming, but it is possible to combine cute and comfy. Stay away from skintight and stilettos and focus on A-line sundresses, super soft sweaters, and adorable flats. Dress up the look with an oversized designer bag and huge sunglasses.

  2. Sunny side up: Forget about that little black dress and rock a splash of color! There’s no better brunch staple than bright colors and bold prints (well, except for bottomless sangria, of course). Looking for inspiration? Stun in our bright red floral Alice and Olivia or turn heads in this gorgeous Kate Spade orange print strapless dress.

  3. Max out: Only ten minutes to get ready and still at a loss? Never forget the two brunch time M’s: mimosas and maxis. Sexy, slimming, easy, and comfortable, maxi dresses are a girl’s best friend. Accessorize with a show stealing necklace, a stunning watch, and of course, your favorite new bag.

 

So the next time you’re wondering what to rock at Sunday brunch, just drop by one of our Phoenix or San Diego consignment stores. Trust us: you’ll be ready for a morning of mimos, French toast, and Saturday night dishing in no time.



Appropriately Rocking Shorts at Work


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At our Well Suited men’s consignment store in San Diego and Phoenix, we know all about the “Should I or Shouldn’t I” dilemma.

It can happen on a first date, when you’re not quite sure if that new white blazer you bought (because, c’mon, Jay-Z looks so badass in his) is really just overkill.

It can happen the first time you meet the parents, when you suddenly realize halfway out the door that your light brown chinos have last week’s barbeque sauce stain on the right pocket, and you’re wondering if you really need to change or if you can just play if off like it happened this afternoon.

And it can happen when you’re trying to pair your favorite nine-year-old college t-shirt – you know, the one with the faded letters and the rip under the armpit – with a pair of Levis, because hey, isn’t it kind of vintage? (Dude, just don’t).

But today, we’re not talking about an awkward first date or dinner with the parents. We’re talking about articles of clothing you can wear in a professional setting. We’re talking about how to appropriately rock shorts at work.

The “Should I or Shouldn’t I” wear shorts to work dilemma is one that’s probably been debated for centuries. It is appropriate? Is it weird? Does anyone want to see that much man leg?

The short answer? Do it. Though there are definitely some styles to stay away from (in two words: athletic shorts), if you follow these easy guidelines, you’ll soon be dripping with swag instead of sweat during those harsh summer months at the office:

 Check the length and fit: Too long, and you’re wearing man capris. Too short, and…just don’t go too short. A safe length is at the knee, or at most, an inch above. Additionally, if you’re worried about your shorts being too tight, they probably are. While you should never lean toward “baggy” while at work (or, let’s be honest, in general), you’re going to want a comfortable fit: structured at waist, and loose around the knees.


 Color and make: Do not - we repeat - do not wear jean shorts to work. Stick to clean, classic Chinos, and leave the crazy prints to your swim trunks. Viable colors: white, gray, navy blue, royal blue. Check out our men’s designer clothes in San Diego or Phoenix for more options.


 Match the outfit: to the shorts. Just because you’re going more casual down below doesn’t mean you can dress down on top. Try a nice looking button down, potentially rolled up to the elbows, and a pair of clean boat shoes. The look you’re aiming for is simple, professional, clean cut, and low key. If your fashion sense just can't be tamed, opt for a preppy print like madris or argyle. Belts and tucked in shirts are optional, depending on how causal you want to look.

While it’s always a good idea to scope out the office before you show up to make that major business deal with knees exposed, shorts at work (provided they’re clean, wrinkle-free, and professional) are A-Okay.

Hey - if Kayne does it, it’s fine by us.



Busting Skulls XXX How to Rock this Cranial Trend


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If you have either eyes or ears, you noticed skulls in your favorite designer’s winter looks throughout 2013. But, just like the real thing, the skull trend isn’t disintegrating easily – skulls are everywhere this summer, and it’s up to you to rock them. So whether you primarily identify your style as athletic, hip, or glamorous, dive head first into the skull trend and continue to rock the look.

Skulls can be worn any which way, running the gamut of garments and accessories. But, like any trend, moderation is key. 

Fire and ice; ying and yang; skulls and lace: it’s all about equilibrium. Balance out the tough, edgy skulls with feminine touches. Put a flirty sundress, go all out with an elegant hairstyle, and think pink as you apply girlish makeup. Harden the look with a Skova Soul skull ring, brown leather jacket, combat boots and cheeky attitude.

 

Happy skulling, ladies.



Youll Never Forget Your First Time...


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Consigning.

That's the headline of our clever ad running in San Diego. Besides the fact that it is catchy, there is some truth to the emotions affiliated with a consigner's first visit to My Sister's Closet, Well Suited or My Sister's Attic.

After more than two decades and 100,000 consigners, we've learned a lot from those of you that trust your once treasured possessions to us. We are in the business of finding new homes for "stray" and now abandoned clothing, accessories and home goods.

The reasons for consigning are more than just about money.

Are you a hoarder? Perhaps you are a shopaholic? Your husband threatened to move to another house if you don't clean out your closet. You changed jobs, retired or finally got a job. The kids finally moved out and you are redecorating their room so they can't move back in. Their furniture has to go.

Whatever the reason, you did once like or even love the item brought in to sell. And it's our job to find your once loved clothing and furniture a new owner.

Your closet or your home is an anthology of you. You are sharing your life's past memories and your personal style in your possessions. A dress worn to a son's wedding, your favorite jeans (that you've outgrown), or a piece of jewelry that no longer fits your lifestyle, are but a few examples of what we see come in our stores daily.

For a first time consigner, you don't realize it, but you are a sharing person.

The beauty of consigning is that each piece is now handed from one person, man or woman, to another. And new memories will now be made by someone else thanks to you.



MustHaves for Music Festival Season


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Over the last few months, our San Diego consignment store experienced an influx of arguably questionable items. Desperate for cash with which to purchase music festival tickets, festival-bound groupies are pleading to pawn off their furry platform boots, neon fishnets, bedazzled bras and booty shorts into our stores and onto our customers. These consignment racks, however, are exclusively A-list; when a My Sister’s Closet shopper dresses to get down at a music festival, you better believe she’s doing it in style.

If you’ve always had a thing for Care Bears, there’s nothing sexier than your standard, cliché music festival outfit (think fake fur and rainbows everywhere). If you’re cruising the Phoenix and San Diego consignment scene for tasteful music festival fashions, however, check out these must-haves, available at My Sister’s Closet. Ditch the panda hat and opt for something more refined. (Yeah, yeah, we know it’s a music festival, but if you want to land the drummer you’re going to want to look hot, hot, hot.)

1. Tribal prints: embrace your wild side in geometric tribal prints in black and white or bold color combinations. However, we insist you learn from Victoria’s Secret’s insensitive faux pas – leave your Native American-style headdress at home.

2. Denim: nothing is more classically sexy than an all-American denim jean, like model Agyness Deyn rocked at the House of Holland pool party launching their Coachella 2013 line. Embrace the staple in jeans or push the envelope with a denim crop top. 

Big floppy hat – protect your skin and look chic in a 70’s sunhat. Put out a carefree vibe and pair it with a prairie print mini dress and combat boots, like model Audrina Patridge wore to Coachella. 



Dare We Suggest An Old Bag for Mothers Day


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My Sister's Closet and My Sister's Attic offer new ideas to help you give gifts from the heart

Remember serving Mom breakfast in bed? What a nice treat for a woman that works all the time. Just be sure to clean the kitchen when you are finished!

This year just in time for Mother's Day, the three sisters who own My Sister's Closet and My Sister's Attic have come up with some ideas to help you show your mom how much you love her and give Mom what she really wants this year.

"My daughter always makes me a coupon booklet. It is a stapled together book, colored and decorated, with coupons offering chores and niceties she will do for me," said Tess Loo, sister and head stylist for My Sister's Closet and My Sister's Attic. "The coupons are for things like 15 minutes of hair brushing, which I love."

Loo says let the bright festive colors of springtime lead you to an inspirational gift.

"There are so many happy yellow things in the marketplace for spring. Use a black sharpie marker and write positive affirmation messages on lemons then put them in a tall cylinder vase, tie a ribbon around it and bury your card inside. Just reading all the lemons will make mom smile."

A few more ideas for mom:

  • Find some pretty trays, platters, glassware that you can tie with ribbons for mom to enjoy later. The porcelain eggs on the cake stand are beautiful and musical.
  • Moms need to meditate and enjoy some private time. Make her a CD of gentle meditation music that you selected. Wrap it in a lovely scarf she can wear and enjoy later. Wearing the scarf will remind Mom of the calm and peace from the music and meditation. She will be happy and serene. You could also paint a watercolor for Mom and place it inside the cover of the CD case.
  • Every Mom loves a new handbag! Since buying a handbag directly from the designer might be too pricey head over to My Sister's Closet where floral, pastel and black and white are all the buzz. This Coach bag is $69.95 and Halo is $24.95. Both are perfect for Mom and affordable for you. Take it a step more and put a handmade card in the bag, or add an "I love you coupon" inside.
  • Remember Mom is a woman and women become giddy over all things beautiful. Every woman loves a Little Black Dress, pearls, earrings, perfume. Take her shopping, buy her a gift card, make her an appointment with a local stylist (most stores have one), or treat her to a manicure and brush her hair.

"Whatever you choose to do for Mom, remember to tell her she is valued and appreciated. Join her for a yoga class or a long walk. Remind her it is a day of gratitude and you are grateful she is your Mom," said Loo.



Sunglasses the Blinds to the Soul


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We don’t think we’re far off when we say that sunglasses, whatever shape or size you’re rocking, are both a statement and an absolute necessity. Pop into second hand stores in San Diego and Phoenix and you’ll see what we mean - be they oversized, undersized, black, green, or mauve, sunglasses speak volumes about the wearer in question. It’s not just about the sun; it’s about an attitude and a vibe. Disinterested in small talk? Put on your sunglasses. Avoiding an old flame’s eye contact because you’re too cool to care? You know what to do.

Oozing sophistication, mystery and allure, a gorgeous pair of designer sunglasses is essential to complete any ensemble. Pair that Tory Burch pattern sundress with Michael by Michael Kors Bella sunglasses.

 

 

Lounge poolside in your Yves Saint Laurent gold aviators and proceed-with-caution red lips. 

 

Because while the eyes may be the windows to the soul, the sunglasses are the shades - blocking out all unwanted views and engagements. Decide what you’d like your sunglasses to say for you and choose a designer who speaks true to your message. Don a pair of limousine tinted shades and let the sunnies do the talking. Believe us - a pair of Prada aviators or Kate Spade wayfarers and we’ll hear you loud and clear.

More so than other states, Arizona and California demand a high regard for some decent frames, as a pair can (and should) be rocked year round to protect one’s eye health and reputation. Come into My Sister’s Closet second hand stores in San Diego and Phoenix for a gorgeous pair of designer shades that express the vibe you’re oozing. Your shades say everything you want to and more - now be quiet already so ours can dish.



In Defense of the Man Purse


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As you saunter into our men’s designer clothes store in San Diego or Phoenix, it’s hard to ignore her allure, seducing you from the back of the store. Confused but confident, you approach - knowing how easy it’d be to slip one on, place her on the counter, and claim it as your own.

Indeed, you’re tempted by this man purse - its taut strap hugging your chest. This is wrong, you groan internally, remembering what your friends would say. And yet...it feels right.

We’ve all seen The Hangover; felt the sting of secondhand embarrassment as Zach Galifianakis adjusts his cross-shoulder satchel while his wolfpack roll their eyes.

As a male in this modern age, the need to carry a bag is laughable, superfluous - indicative of indulgence and excess only women get away with. The want or need to condense one’s belongings into a single, more convenient package is ridiculous, absurd - can’t it all fit in your pockets? No, we’re here to say - most items of any importance can absolutely not fit in our pockets. Our business smartphone, personal smartphone, iPad, gum, and swanky headphones absolutely cannot all fit in our pockets, and we shouldn’t have to explain ourselves.

 

How did the briefcase devolve into a “man purse”? Why is a working man with a bag considered eccentric?

It’s really only been a few short decades since men stopped carrying bags with them regularly, we’re here to point out. Since the modern working man genuinely drives from place to place (he no longer walks or takes mass transit), we generally carry fewer supplies with us - we stash them in our cars or store them in our smart phones. Certain items, however, simply must be carried. And for this reason, my friends, we carry satchels, garment bags, and briefcases.

Cast away the cloak of shame; disregard the snickers and sneers. Embrace your satchel with appreciation and pride. My friend, I insist - there is nothing wrong with a man purse.



The Art of the Dress Sneaker


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men’s designer clothes San DiegoAt our men’s consignment store in San Diego and Phoenix, we see a lot of looks. We see button downs and skinny jeans. We see blazers and scarves. And we see shoes.
We see a hell of a lot of shoes.

And though we see loafers and wingtips and studded cowboy boots (just don’t do it), we’re here today to talk about sneakers. 

Specifically, the Suit and Sneaker.

Allow us to introduce you.

Welcome to the age of looking
badass in your favorite tailored
suit and feeling badass in an
everyday sneaker. Drake does it. JT does it. Now you do it.

Here’s where: Because the Suit and Sneaker look is dressy without being too dressed up, the look is perfect for a Casual Friday at work, an after-hours party, or a night out in the city. Wear your suit jacket with a tie, wear it open with a white or black v-neck, wear it with the sleeves rolled up over a casual button down Henley.   

Here’s How: Owning the Suit and Sneakers combo is a great power. And as we all know, with great power comes great responsibility. Going classy on top and casual down below does not give you the right to wear just any sneakers with that single breasted suit of yours.

The Do’s: The trick is to keep it simple. Go classic: stick to white or black canvas Vans, or stark white leather sneakers. Inexpensive, awesome, and so ridiculously comfortable, you’ll be thanking us the moment you slip them on.  

The Don’ts: No gym sneakers. No basketball sneakers. No rhinestone Ed Hardy sneakers. We’re serious. The more tailored, the better. A good rule of thumb is that your sneakers should be as tailored as your suit. You don’t walk around in a chunky, ill-fitting suit; don’t match it with a pair of chunky, ill-fitting sneakers. Always respect the suit.

And though you’ll look like a million in your Suit and Sneakers style, you don’t have to spend that much. Got the suit? Drop by Well Suited for the sneakers. Got the sneakers? Come find the perfect suit. And as always, our pros will help you find all the men’s designer clothes in San Diego or Phoenix that a guy could need.

You’re welcome.

Men’s consignment store San Diego

(That's right - we taught Kanye what's up.)



Spring Fashion Trends Alert


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Look around, Phoenix and San Diego Resale fashionistas. It’s that time of year again. The sun is out. The sky is blue. Petal pink espadrilles and adorable lemon yellow wedges take the sidewalks by storm.

That’s right, ladies; it’s spring.

Welcome back to warm days filled with statement sunglasses and cherry popsicles. Spring – we’ve missed you (and so have our color pop structured totes). But even though there are some spring essentials that we’ll never throw out (sundresses, anyone?), with 2013 comes a brand new year to rock the seasons. Time to talk Phoenix and San Diego designer resale spring trends.

We’re ready if you are.

Bright pants: Toss those boring blue jeans back in the closet next to your Tori Burch riding boots; you won’t be seeing them for a while! Instead of denims, think bright. Teal, pink, baby blue, or mint green, pair your brightly colored pants with a neutral shade on top.

 

Bold prints: Dots, stripes, floral, geometric – go big, go bold, or go home! This spring is all about the attention-grabbing staple. Just like with your brightly colored pants, keep the rest of your outfit neutral and toned down – while a little bit of pattern clashing works every once and a while, you don’t want to dabble into Easter egg territory (trust us).

 The pretty, pretty peplum: Easy to wear, adorable, and ultra-feminine, the peplum is huge this spring.  Perfect on a thigh-length cocktail dress or a pastel cotton tank with shorts, the peplum is the optimum combination of sexy and cute.

So as we make our way into April and May, make sure to drop the drab and go bright, bold, and sexy! Grab your sunhat, your colorful clutch and your favorite pair of white heels, and strut your way into spring! For more fashion tips and tricks drop by our Phoenix or San Diego resale location, or check us out at http://www.mysisterscloset.com/

 



Arm Candy


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It is officially spring.Time to shed the winter doldrums, heavy clothes, boots and your winter handbag. Question is, what to buy for spring with so many choices, colors, shapes and sizes.

If you are looking for an investment bag that you will carry daily, it is wise to stick with a classic shape and color. Go for a nude, khaki or camel envelope bag. This timeless style comes in a plethora of sizes with a variety of handle or strap options.

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A hot spring trend is the Chain Gang bag. All the designers, Louis Vuitton, Bottega, Oscar, and of course Chanel are offering a spring chained up bag. This is a great option to be on trend and add a touch of sophisticated edginess.

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Buy your classic or a chain bag, but also purchase a colorful tote. These splashes of spring  can be found everywhere in a variety of costs. Color blocking, stripes, two tone or a great straw bag will add a bight crisp pop to any outfit. My Sister Closet has a great selection of designer and favorite bags. Ranging from $24.50 up to the designer level of Christian Dior and Prada as shown below.

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Another great buy for Spring and into summer is a Hot White Bag. Keep it clean by finding a cool texture of patent leather that doesn't show a little dirt. Since this is a seasonal trend bag try and keep it under $100.00.

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What good does any of this shopping and sourcing do if we do not know how to carry the handbag. We must look to our friends on the runways and listen to Ken Downing as he tells us to wrap the bag under our forearm and hold it with our hand.

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A new handbag is a fun shopping experience. it is always and easy fit and requires little effort to try on. Do look in a full length mirror to be sure the bag is in proportion with you size. We no longer need to carry the kitchen sink. Keep It Simple...



Dont Strike Out


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Elevate Your Style Game This Spring Training

The Valley's Premier Recycled Designer Apparel Shop offers tips for getting out of the wardrobe slump

Here in Arizona it's starting to feel like spring and that means, STRIKE, you're out to the park... Baseball... Spring training is in full swing. The stylish Sisters of My Sister's Closet and Well Suited, the Valley's premier dealer of recycled designer apparel want to help you elevate your game this spring and believe in always putting your best foot forward, whether it's in a pair of stilettos, ballet flats or a baseball cleat to a diamondbacks baseball game. "I know what all you fashionistas are saying. It is spring training and we want to go, sit in the sun, have fun and be comfortable. Comfortable ok, but please, comfort does not mean jammie pants, wife beater tees and an ombre mullet," said Tess Loo, sister and stylist at My Sister's Closet. "Comfort means wearing the appropriate clothing and if you think people are NOT checking out what you are wearing to the game, you're wrong!" Loo, who is also the head stylist at My Sister's Closet and Well Suited says it is human nature to look and stare at what people have selected to wear to spend an afternoon at the ballpark. "What if Tony Batista is there and wants to meet you, and there you stand looking like a toddler with ketchup dripping down your Kurt Warner jersey. Definitely a fashion Don't," said Loo.

Spring Training Looks Do's and Don'ts

• You will be sitting outside for several hours - wear a hat! Choose a team hat that is preferably from one of the teams you are watching. The older and more seasoned the better. That does not mean reeking of beer and covered with mustard. Or ladies, a great fedora, with your favorite ray bans. After all, what a great place to meet male baseball fans. My best topper is my Melissa Odabash black and white fedora paired with my pink Ray Bans, lots of sunscreen and dewy lips coated with Burt's Bees.

• Yes, a cute dress is appropriate. Casual and colorful and a good length for sitting. NOT too short. An outfit of all white is always a good spring look if you can do this without wearing your food.

• DO NOT wear your favorite baseball jersey reproduced in PINK. NO PINK. Stick with the actual jersey colors. If you want to jersey up, be sure it is authentic looking and well fitting. Tie it over a tank and put on a fun eyelet or floral skirt.

• Put on your Ash wedge tennies, Tory Burch flops or Havaianas. Be sure you are up to date with your pedicure if the tootsies are exposed. Remember Tony is there watching you!

• If you are going to wear a jersey with your favorite players name, be sure you are a kid under the age of 14. If you are a fan and want baseball statistics, these are the whiz kids to ask. They usually wear the name for a reason. They are true fans!

• Shorts are great, but please keep the butt cheeks in the bull pen. Remember the whiz kids are there. This is not a nightclub or another opportunity to show what a great job your plastic surgeon did on your new additions. Layer a cardigan over your tank, so you are prepared for climate change from sun to shade.

• A pair of rolled at the top beach pants with an off the shoulder sweater is always a great pulled together casual look. Choose a blue and white horizontal stripe top for a fresh look. Please, leave the capris at home or better yet in the donate pile.

• Jeans are a good option as well. How about a pair of colored denims? They are abundant at the stores and add a splash of color with your look. How great would a pair of bright yellow jeans be with a blue and white jersey, with your baseball hat and wedge tennis shoes? A true homerun! Roll the jeans at the ankle and put a colorful tank under the jersey. Add a cross body bag so your hands are free for a soda and hotdog.

• "Go, be comfortable, be appropriate and be fashionable," said Loo. "Look good, feel good and all the sudden you act better. Equipped with this knowledge you can move forward as a well-dressed fan. Even if you do not understand the game, you look and feel like you belong. Have fun. A smile and self-confidence is the best accessory this stylist owns."



Do Not Strike Out


Posted by My Sister's Closet

Elevate Your Style Game This Spring Training

The Valley's Premier Recycled Designer Apparel Shop offers tips for getting out of the wardrobe slump

Here in Arizona it's starting to feel like spring and that means, STRIKE, you're out to the park... Baseball... Spring training is in full swing. The stylish Sisters of My Sister's Closet and Well Suited, the Valley's premier dealer of recycled designer apparel want to help you elevate your game this spring and believe in always putting your best foot forward, whether it's in a pair of stilettos, ballet flats or a baseball cleat to a diamondbacks baseball game. "I know what all you fashionistas are saying. It is spring training and we want to go, sit in the sun, have fun and be comfortable. Comfortable ok, but please, comfort does not mean jammie pants, wife beater tees and an ombre mullet," said Tess Loo, sister and stylist at My Sister's Closet. "Comfort means wearing the appropriate clothing and if you think people are NOT checking out what you are wearing to the game, you're wrong!" Loo, who is also the head stylist at My Sister's Closet and Well Suited says it is human nature to look and stare at what people have selected to wear to spend an afternoon at the ballpark. "What if Tony Batista is there and wants to meet you, and there you stand looking like a toddler with ketchup dripping down your Kurt Warner jersey. Definitely a fashion Don't," said Loo.

Spring Training Looks Do's and Don'ts

• You will be sitting outside for several hours - wear a hat! Choose a team hat that is preferably from one of the teams you are watching. The older and more seasoned the better. That does not mean reeking of beer and covered with mustard. Or ladies, a great fedora, with your favorite ray bans. After all, what a great place to meet male baseball fans. My best topper is my Melissa Odabash black and white fedora paired with my pink Ray Bans, lots of sunscreen and dewy lips coated with Burt's Bees.

• Yes, a cute dress is appropriate. Casual and colorful and a good length for sitting. NOT too short. An outfit of all white is always a good spring look if you can do this without wearing your food.

• DO NOT wear your favorite baseball jersey reproduced in PINK. NO PINK. Stick with the actual jersey colors. If you want to jersey up, be sure it is authentic looking and well fitting. Tie it over a tank and put on a fun eyelet or floral skirt.

• Put on your Ash wedge tennies, Tory Burch flops or Havaianas. Be sure you are up to date with your pedicure if the tootsies are exposed. Remember Tony is there watching you!

• If you are going to wear a jersey with your favorite players name, be sure you are a kid under the age of 14. If you are a fan and want baseball statistics, these are the whiz kids to ask. They usually wear the name for a reason. They are true fans!

• Shorts are great, but please keep the butt cheeks in the bull pen. Remember the whiz kids are there. This is not a nightclub or another opportunity to show what a great job your plastic surgeon did on your new additions. Layer a cardigan over your tank, so you are prepared for climate change from sun to shade.

• A pair of rolled at the top beach pants with an off the shoulder sweater is always a great pulled together casual look. Choose a blue and white horizontal stripe top for a fresh look. Please, leave the capris at home or better yet in the donate pile.

• Jeans are a good option as well. How about a pair of colored denims? They are abundant at the stores and add a splash of color with your look. How great would a pair of bright yellow jeans be with a blue and white jersey, with your baseball hat and wedge tennis shoes? A true homerun! Roll the jeans at the ankle and put a colorful tank under the jersey. Add a cross body bag so your hands are free for a soda and hotdog.

• "Go, be comfortable, be appropriate and be fashionable," said Loo. "Look good, feel good and all the sudden you act better. Equipped with this knowledge you can move forward as a well-dressed fan. Even if you do not understand the game, you look and feel like you belong. Have fun. A smile and self-confidence is the best accessory this stylist owns."



Our Oscars Best Dressed Review


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Dear Phoenix and San Diego designer resale fashionistas; the time has finally come.

We’ve been waiting all year. We’ve been counting down the days. And on that fateful Sunday, we gathered our friends, our food, and our ballots to sit down in front of that lovely T.V.

And we watched the Oscars.

We smiled at the adorable Ben Affleck, we gushed over the beautiful Jennifer Lawrence (and her flawless trip recovery), and we clutched our hearts at the indescribable Meryl Streep. And when the very last speech was given and the very last ballot was counted, we swooned in our striped Betsy Johnson pajamas and we smiled to ourselves at yet another incredible Oscars performance.

But, wonderful west coast ladies, don’t fret – though awards season may be behind us, the Oscars experience is far from over. In fact, it is now time to do what we’ve been waiting to do since the moment those incredible gowns hit the red carpet: it’s time for our My Sister’s Closet Phoenix and San Diego Resale Oscars Best Dressed Review!

• Pretty in pink: From Jennifer Lawrence’s gorgeous wedding-style Christian Dior to Anne Hathaway’s silky Prada gown, pink was a show-stealing color this year at our very favorite awards show. In their beautiful pearly pink, both Lawrence and Hathaway took home even more than an Oscar this year; they took home our votes as two of the Best Dressed!

• Simple and stunning: Though it was hard to take our eyes off of her beautiful hairstyle, Charlize Theron’s soft, simple, white Dior Couture column gown was the perfect mix of elegant and flattering. Though we’ve always been a Charlize fan, her gown’s gorgeous v-cut structured top and light dusting of crystals made us fall head over heels all over again!

• Hollywood Glamour: Taking home the number one spot on our Oscars Best Dressed list is the incredible Jessica Chastain. The “Zero Dark Thirty” star turned heads on the red carpet in her gorgeous Armani Prive champagne colored gown, adorned with sparkling Swarovski crystals. Tall, classic, and elegant, we went crazy over Chastain’s old Hollywood look, and even though she may not have won an Oscar, she absolutely won our vote!

Overall, we give this year’s Oscars an “A+” on our Best Dressed report card! And though we’ll miss our favorite red carpet event, we’ll always have our brand new Phoenix and San Diego designer resale trends to keep us busy – until next year!



Why We Love New York Fashion Week


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Even though we know that our Phoenix and San Diego designer resale stores are located on the bestcoast, we just can’t help but swoon over the Big Apple. Whether it’s having breakfast at Tiffany’s or taking a walk in those brand new espadrilles on a sunny spring day in Central Park, there are a lot of reasons we west coasters find ourselves falling for the beautiful New York, New York.


But that being said, there is one reason that seems to top all the rest: the four little words that can get our pulses racing in a New York minute…


New York Fashion Week.

That’s right, Phoenix and San Diego resale fashionistas, we’re talking about the New York Fashion Week. From Tory Burch to Vera Wang, we’ve been eyeing the latest trends from afar, and the verdict is in:  we couldn’t be more excited. Here are our top three reasons why we just can’t get enough of New York Fashion Week.


1. Finding new favorites: One of the best things about New York Fashion Week is getting the chance to scope out designers you may never have heard of before – designers who bring innovative looks to the runway you may never have tried before.  From Narciso Rodriguez to Siki Im, don’t just stick with the classic big names: broaden your fashion horizon and your wardrobe.


2. Classic brands, innovative looks: And though you should always stay open to finding new favorites, there’s nothing wrong with getting excited about the new looks from the classic brands you already knowyou love. Case in point: J. Crew’s new collection boasts stunning pinks, beautiful blazers, and gorgeous little clutches. We think we’re in love.


3. Be still, our hearts: Though we’re constantly swiveling our heads at every new piece heading down the runway, we’re always most excited for the upcoming season’s “must have” styles. From the “little black jacket” to this season’s striking emerald pieces, the newest trends are always the perfect update to any closet. 


From exciting celeb sightings to crazy, fun shows (Betsey Johnson’s aerobic workout routine, anyone?), there’s never a dull moment during New York Fashion Week. And though we Phoenix and San Diego resale lovers may be rocking the new looks at Manhattan Beach rather than Manhattan, New York, we can’twait to start strutting our stuffon the real world runway.



Valentines Chic


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Shopping for our Valentine’s Day outfits in My Sister’s Closet resale stores in San Diego and Phoenix, we paused halfway through a rack of True Religion jeans (yes, they were flawless and 90% off retail, but who’s counting?). We wondered, was it too early to decide what we’re going to wear on February 14? 

Then we laughed at ourselves and tried on some San Diego resale Gucci sunglasses – that’s ridiculous; there’s no such thing as too early to shop. This Valentine’s Day, we’re going to look cuter than ever in trends we’re totally obsessed with. Why delay the fun?

 Here’s what we’re thinking:

• Peekaboo Pieces: for a flirty, come-hither style guaranteed to score you a Valentine (or two), take advantage of one of the hottest spring 2013 trends of Fashion Week – peekaboo pieces. Be daring in red midriff-baring separates or show off your never-ending stems in black up-to-there splits.

• Luxe Leather: time-honored and boyfriend-approved, luxe leather pieces are both subtly suggestive and overtly opulent. Dress up a romantic look with a leather biker jacket, or show off your derriere in a fearless red leather skirt.

• Geisha Glamorous: Pay homage to the queens of all things lady-like in a kimono-inspired frock and sandal platforms. The Prada Spring 2013 Collection was clearly inspired by a Japanese muse – come find Miuccia Prada’s sleek and lavish designs at My Sister’s Closet resale stores in San Diego and Phoenix.

Whether you’re an early bird (like us) or you’ll be shopping on February 13, head in to our Phoenix and San Diego resale stores and walk out looking Valentine’s fabulous. Cupid’s arrows are for amateurs – you won’t need any help turning heads.



Rebuild your Wardrobe at our Mens Consignment Store


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Looking your best without breaking the bank is a breeze at Well Suited. Our men’s consignment stores in San Diego and Phoenix sell head-turning, panty-dropping, fresh-to-death designer clothes at up to 90% off retail price, so you never sacrifice quality and style for affordability. 

Stop in today to build a polished wardrobe with these basic articles of clothing that every man needs:

1. Dark Gray Suit – For interviews, conferences or everyday office wear, every man needs at least one suit. Spice it up a bit this year by skipping black and picking gray. When picking your threads, follow these basic rules: avoid pleats, chose two or three buttons, and, unless you’re Denzel Washington, stick with single breasted suits (it’ll fit better).

2. Versatile Blazer – If a blazer isn’t a staple in your closet, you’re doing it wrong. Keep it simple – choose a neutral color like gray or black, avoid double breasted or four button styles, and wear your blazer, oh, everywhere. You’re welcome.

3. V-Neck Sweater – V-Neck Sweaters can be paired with almost any look. Take advantage of winter and invest in some cashmere sweaters she won’t be able to keep her hands off. Bonus points if your V-neck brings out your eyes.

4. White Dress Shirt – A crisp white shirt is a no-brainer for any man’s wardrobe. Pick a strong fabric such as 100% cotton that will hold up during days spent at the office and nights at the bar. 

5. Solid Color Jeans – Try to stay away from flashy snaps and details when selecting jeans. Or, if you can pull off the Ed Hardy look, try to limit it to one interesting feature (like cool stitching on the back pockets). Pick a trouser with a slim leg and a dark wash. Remember, keep it clean.

Begin building your wardrobe today at our men’s consignment store in San Diego and Phoenix! If you need help, we’ve got your back – just ask.



Vegan Chic Stylish Alternatives to Leather


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Here at My Sister’s Closet Phoenix and San Diego consignment, we’ve noticed something: vegan chic trends have been stealing the spotlight. And from faux fur to faux leather, the only thing that is far from faux is the gorgeous look of such an animal-friendly fashion movement.

 

Fabulous fashionistas, if you’ve decided to make the wonderful switch to vegan chic, you’re not alone. And thankfully, from handbags to shoes to those gorgeous long coats, the fashion world has vegan options to die for. (Relax, cows and minks, it’s just an expression.)

 

But with budget in mind and cause in heart, just where do you start?

Because we offer options that benefit those interested in vegan and wallet friendly fashion choices, My Sister’s Closet Phoenix and San Diego consignment has your answer. Here are just a few of MSC’s vegan chic tips:

·         Research vegan brands: Before heading over to our San Diego consignment store, head over to the closest computer. Some amazing designers – such as the wonderful Stella McCartney – pledge to never use fur or leather in any of their designs. Doing a little research pre-shopping excursion is the best way to have vegan chic brands in mind once you step into the store

·         Focus on faux: From comfy non-wool sweaters to gorgeous pleather boots, faux will be your vegan chic friend. And though perhaps it takes a bit of searching, you don’t have to say goodbye to designer brands in order to say hello to animal-friendly fashion.

·         Get creative: Though faux can certainly be a great way to go, creative leather alternatives are always just around the corner – such as apparel and accessories made of cork. Make sure to think outside the box once you arrive at our San Diego consignment location!

If you’re going the route of vegan chic, there’s no need to bid adieu to designer brands! With a little research, a little time and a whole lot of passion for compassion, you’ll have no trouble finding stylish leather and fur alternatives at My Sister’s Closet Phoenix and San Diego consignment store!  

 



End of Winter Sale and Famous Spring Unveiling


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It’s a dirty, rotten rumor that second hand stores in San Diego and Phoenix are wiped out after the holiday season, and if you don’t tell us who told you that we’re going to be like, so ticked. But whatever she told you, she totally lied; January and February are the best time to shop resale stores in San Diego and Phoenix!

Savvy shoppers looking for last minute winter outfits and 2013’s hottest spring styles are in luck! My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited go out with the “cold” and in with the new this month.  As we say goodbye to winter, the local recycled designer apparel stores say hello to new spring fashion with their annual Spring Unveiling event, taking place
Saturday, Jan. 26 at 8:00am.

The Spring Unveiling will showcase over 100,000 of spring’s best designer merchandise consigned this season at a fraction of the original retail cost. Each year, male and female fashion enthusiasts line up outside My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited stores across the Valley in the early morning hours in order to be the first to snag the latest trends for the season, and this year is sure to follow suit.

Being the fabulous and exciting fashionistas we are, we have even more exciting news! To make way for the new arrivals, My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited will host their progressive End-of-Winter sale beginning Monday, Jan. 14.  Savvy shoppers can pick up the winter designer duds on their wish lists at already discounted prices reduced by an additional 20-70 percent.  Customers looking for the best fashion finds can shop early, or shop late for the best savings:


•  
Monday, Jan. 14 through Wednesday, Jan. 16: 20 percent off lowest marked price 
•  Thursday, Jan. 17 through Sunday, Jan. 20: 30 percent off lowest marked price
•  Monday, Jan. 21 through Wednesday, Jan. 23: 50 percent off lowest marked price
•  Thursday, Jan. 24 through Friday, Jan. 25 (9:00am – 2:00pm only on Friday): 70 percent off all remaining items

Where would a fellow fashionista put the new
Tory Burch leather jacket her boyfriend got her for Hanukah? That’s right – it’s filling in where the Chanel sparkle trench used to hang before she brought it to My Sister’s Closet.  

And what’s a girl to do with her old Prada black flat satchel now that she wears her brown Donna Karan leather jacket every day? You better believe we’re now gleefully drooling over it in our resale store in San Diego at the Costa Verde Center.

Trust us, ladies, your peers (in the world of second hand stores in San Diego and Phoenix) are reclaiming closet space and selling their designer clothes here, where our racks are stacked with drop-dead-gorgeous goodies. Didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas? Don’t miss the End-of-Winter Sale and our Spring Unveiling! The most anticipated events on your fashion calendar are right around the corner, ladies – don’t miss luxe for less at My Sister’s Closet!



Gentlemens Resale Wish List


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Our Phoenix and San Diego Consignment store stylists know: it’s that time of year again. Holiday parties at the office, drinks with visiting friends at the bar, Christmas dinner with the in-laws (yikes). And whether you’re rushing to work, to the airport, or to the store for that last minute errand you’ve been sent on, the winter season can be a busy – okay, downright demanding – one.

That doesn’t leave much time for standing in front of your closet wondering what the dress code is.

But don’t drop by packed department stores on the way home from work just yet. Though your favorite tried-and-true sportcoat and slacks may be looking a little ragged, dealing with the holiday rush won’t make grabbing the perfect (last minute) dinner party blazer any easier. Or more bearable.

Gentlemen, why not just try a Well Suited Phoenix or San Diego consignment store?

Avoid the mess (and prices) at the mall, grab your size (and color and fit), and go. Feel like you need a few extra pieces? Here’s what to look out for while looking through Phoenix or San Diego consignment items: 

·         Stock up on sweaters: Nothing says low-maintenance and damn good looking like a sweater. No matter where you’re headed this winter – from ski resorts to home for the holidays – a v-neck, zipper, or basic wool will work perfectly for any event or gathering.

·         Suit up: You already know you look good in a suit. And you know nothing fits every occasion better than a suit (Neil Patrick Harris, anyone?). You also know the great suits don’t run cheap. But at a Well Suited Phoenix or San Diego consignment store, you get the best of both worlds: pay less than you thought you would and still walk out looking as suave as Don Draper himself.

·         Toss out the ties: And get some new ones. Planning on passing off last year’s Christmas dinner tie stain as a fresh one you didn’t even notice until tonight (it sort of blends in, right?)? Don’t. At Well Suited, you’ll find ties for so much less than at department stores that you’ll have trouble believing their consignment store price. Go ahead; get all four, why not?

So whether you’re trying to figure out what to wear, making that Christmas wish list, or have been told its time to throw out those baggy sweatshirts (not that everyone doesn’t love the old “college class of 99’” classic), Well Suited has your back. To check out our website or find the address for our Phoenix or San Diego consignment store locations, visit us at http://www.shopwellsuited.com/



Ladies Resale Wish List


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Take a moment, Phoenix and San Diego resale fashionistas. Do you remember making Christmas wish lists? The snowflake-white paper scribbled in crayon, the envelope addressed to that magical North Pole, the sound of the letter dropping into the mailbox, on its way to a certain snow-covered workshop?

Well, even though the days of craving the season’s hottest toy may be behind us, the days of craving the season’s hottest fashion trends definitely are not. And though by now you may have ditched the Crayola’s, making your very own must-have wish list is one December tradition that should never go out of style.

But with all those gorgeous garments out there and only so many lines on a sheet of paper, where should you even begin?

The answer, savvy shoppers?

From the latest handbags to the hottest après ski attire, this winter season, look no further than My Sister’s Closet Phoenix and San Diego designer resale stores. Here are just three of our wish-list-worthy designer items you won’t want to miss out on this season:

• Lace up those beautiful boots: Oh the weather outside is frightful, but in a pair of gorgeous Prada faux fur boots, your toes will be the last ones to know it. Whether you’re looking for a glamorous heel or some serious snow-tested tread, our San Diego resale location won’t leave your feet out in the cold!

• Bundle up: Whether you’re looking for a Burberry plum trench or an Armani quilted jacket, with our wide assortment of sweaters, coats, and vests, you’ll be ready to weather even the coldest winter wonderland this December.

• Welcome back the hat: We know it was hard to retire those gorgeous wide-brim, woven summer sun hats, but don’t fret! The winter months always bring around the next best thing. Looking for an adorable knit cap to stay warm and fashion forward? No matter what style you lust after most, you’ll be sure to find it in our wide San Diego designer resale assortment.

Though we may be lacking the reindeer, My Sister’s Closet has all your fabulous fashion needs this winter. One last word of advice? Make sure you bring along a pen – trust us; from the minute you step into the store, you’re going to start checking off Christmas wish list boxes in no time.



Best Mens Fashions Blogs of 2012


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At Well Suited, we offer the best quality and prices when we consign men’s designer clothes in San Diego and Phoenix. Premier men’s designer clothes in San Diego and AZ are delivered to our stores on an unending basis and, yes, we look downright debonair every single day.

But don’t hate the player – looking this good isn’t something that just happens. GQ writers never overhauled our closets and we didn’t hire Will Smith to teach us the art of swagger. No, it takes effort to look this suave. Trust us, we do our homework. 

Men’s fashion blogs are some of the very best sources to get an idea for how real men can dress (and what your girlfriend wants you to wear at her office holiday party). If you’ve never checked out a fashion blog, they’re most often written by a real dude who dresses to the nines but isn’t a model or aspiring designer. Unlike most men’s fashion magazines, the writing on these blogs is down to earth and the looks are actually attainable.

Game recognize game – we gotta give it up for these guys:

1. TBSmen
When he played on Columbia University’s basketball team, Dan Trepanier was the “go-to resource for my teammate’s fashion-related questions.”  Realizing he had a gift, Trepanier worked his way up the fashion ladder to becoming Esquire magazine’s ”Best Dressed Real Man in America” in 2009. It’s safe to say Dan Trepanier knows a thing or two about a thing or two – trust his blog. He breaks down fashion advice into helpful organization, like asking where you’re going, what’s the weather, and a bit about your style before telling you what to wear.

2. Put this On:
If you’ve got a little money to burn and you’re into dressing well, creator Jesse Thorn has direct advice for you: learn some basic dressing fundamentals (to “separate the men from the boys”), and consign designer clothes with excellent quality, fit, and personal style. Watch his how-to and advice videos and walk away feeling like you’ve actually learned something.

3. Why You Mad?!
Think menswear doesn’t change year over year? Slap yourself for entertaining such a ridiculous notion and get smart. Why You Mad?! will tell you what’s in, who made it, and what you’re going to wear it with. After browsing the quality threats they’re rocking, we really hope you’ll finally throw away that American Eagle madras polo your mom bought you senior year of high school. Please? Then, when you’re ready, come consign men’s designer clothes in San Diego and Phoenix at Well Suited. 



Pulling it Off Unique Items and How to Wear Them


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At our men’s consignment stores in San Diego and Phoenix, our Well Suited pros get asked every fashion question in the book. From how to find the perfect suit to which tie to wear to that interview, we’ve heard (and seen) it all. But in the end, there’s one question we probably get the most: 

“I like it, but how the hell do I wear this?”

Because we feel that every man should get to own every style he wants, we’ve put together our list of three unique items, and how to wear them. Here is the Well Suited guide to pulling off that look like a pro:

The leather jacket: You nodded your approval at Tony Stark’s in Ironman. You noticed Brad Pitt’s as Tyler Durden in Fight Club. And after watching Top Gun, you knew it was time to either buy your first, or get your private pilot’s license. We’re speaking, of course, about the leather jacket. Though undeniably badass, most men don’t know how to wear the leather jacket. Here’s the trick: go classic and low key. If slim fit is your thing, try pairing it with a collared shirt and skinny tie. If you’re after the Harley look, keep it simple with a neutral colored t-shirt. And please – stick to jeans. You’re not a T-bird.

The cardigan: Sure, you’ve seen guys pull them off. Your girlfriend seems to like them. But when it comes down to it…well, should you do it? Hey, if Daniel Craig does, you can. When looking for a cardigan, look for a lightweight, loose fit. Though it shouldn’t hang like your class of 99’ sweatshirt, it doesn’t have to be crazy slim fit either. Navy, black, and gray work best with whatever you’re wearing underneath – and that’s probably the best part about cardigans: you can wear pretty much anything underneath.

The denim shirt: Maybe you’ve seen it on the cover of GQ, but you’ve never seriously considered wearing a fitted denim shirt. We mean, c’mon, a denim shirt, are you about to go lasso something? Stop smirking and go buy yourself one. Pair a fitted light wash denim shirt with a dark colored skinny tie, or leave it classic with the top button unbuttoned and the sleeves rolled up to your elbows. Pair it with jeans, white Chinos, whatever. Seriously. Do it.

No matter what style you’re after, the pros at Well Suited, our men’s consignment store in San Diego or Phoenix can help you find it and rock it. Check out our online listing of men’s designer clothes in San Diego online at http://www.shopwellsuited.com/

 



The Hottest Trends in Consignment


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Step outside, San Diego designer resale fashionistas. Are you noticing a change? The breeze, the slight chill, the thick clouds in our normally clear blue skies. Even though we west coasters never truly have to say goodbye to the sun (phew!), something’s just a little bit different. And it can only mean one thing:

Fall.

That’s right, the days of silky sundresses and spaghetti straps are gone (for now!) as we head scarf-first into the holidays. But savvy shoppers, don’t fret! With cooler days and Jack Frost nipped noses come a few San Diego resale fashion trends we can’t get enough of. That’s right. It’s time to pull out those cozy Free People sweaters, True Religion hip-hugging jeans, and of course, your favorite pair of Tori Burch riding boots.

Still lusting after those balmy summer nights? We didn’t think so.

Like every change in season, with new weather comes a new wardrobe. Kick off fall with the hottest San Diego designer resale trends– and don’t worry! We won’t leave you hanging like the ocean- dipped month-old bikini in the back of your closet! Here is the My Sister’s Closet way to do fall 2012!

· Scarves, scarves, and more scarves: From Burberry cashmeres to silken Hermes, don’t leave your neck out in the cold this fall! Browse through our Scarves, Belts and Hats page on our website or stop by our San Diego resale store location to check out the newest trends!

·  Bring out the bags: We love summery totes as much as the next girl, but with autumn days come our favorite autumn purses. Thinking classic? You can never go wrong with a jet black Dooney & Burke handbag. But why not mix things up with an adorable Henry Cuir two-toned brown leather backpack?

· Did someone say boots?: We know you love your trusty Uggs (who doesn’t?!), but why not try a pair with a bit more dare? Whether over the knee or jeweled combat, My Sister’s Closet has the newest styles that will make you (and your wallet!) swoon.

Though west coast fall days still mean you don’t have to retire those gorgeous sunglasses anytime soon, the drop in temp will make you happy you dropped in to the My Sister’s Closet San Diego resale store location! Visit us today!



Top Fall Designers for Mens Consignment


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We, the League of Extraordinary Dressers (otherwise known as the charismatic and fetching stylists at Well Suited men’s consignment stores in San Diego and Phoenix), are absolutely smitten with several menswear trends this fall. From dark, brooding color palettes to slim-fitting structure, we’re all about these four designers and their fabulous fall fashions.

1. Kenneth Cole –as much as we love a color coordinated outfit in a bold Nantucket red, we’ve got to tip our hats to Kenneth Cole for his effortlessly masculine fall and winter line, featuring midnight blue and black layers which ooze suave sophistication. Kenneth Cole’s men’s collection boasts finer wools and leathers in dark, stormy shades of blue, black and charcoal; look closer and you’ll see each piece is loaded with subtle, chic detailing.

2. True Religion – calling all cowboys, bikers and beach bums – True Religion’s fall 2012 lookbook is teeming with distressed denim and tailored fits to make any outdoorsman look even more dapper. This collection’s brilliant marriage of work-worn washes and upscale fabrics is undeniably alluring, flaunting a vibe that says “I look this good without even trying.”

3. Hugo Boss – channel your inner Bruce Wayne clad in the fall/winter collection from Hugo Boss.  These opulent, slim-fitting looks take an edgy twist on classic silhouettes, underlining the brand’s high fashion character with luxurious fabrics and charcoal and black hues.

4. Jil Sander – the fall 2012 men’s collection from one of our favorite German designers offers well-tailored fitting, impeccable detailing and attractive use of lines. From strong pant pleats to crisp definition in leather jackets, Jil Sander’s fitted fall pieces offer the structure, style and cut to make any old getup instantly debonair. 

Although our men’s consignment stores in San Diego and Phoenix don’t exactly weather rainstorms often (don’t hate us cuz you ain’t us), this fall we’re all about stormy color palettes, tailored jackets and multiple layers for warmth. Want the look? Stop by our men’s consignment stores in San Diego or Phoenix today!



Why to Consign with My Sisters Closet Second Hand Stores


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If you’re already resale savvy, head into our second hand stores in San Diego and Phoenix to browse through our fabulous racks for the deal of this season. Or, recycle last year’s threads and earn cash or credit for your next shopping spree. If you’re not sold on the whole consignment thing quite yet, we’d love the opportunity to convince you. 

Consigning at our second hand stores in San Diego and Phoenix is easy (and feels exactly like shopping in a fancy department store – forget your old notions about dirty, dingy, basement thrift stores). You bring us your designer items, we sell them, and you make cash as soon as the sale closes – simple as that. We accept seasonally appropriate men's and women's designer clothing every day during normal business hours, no appointment necessary. You have our assurance you’ll be paid on time, in full, and with courtesy. At My Sister’s Closet, we love our customers! We’re thrilled to get to know you – our San Diego and Phoenix savvy shoppers – so get off your computer and come vamp up your wardrobe with something fabulous! Or, bring us last season’s gorgeous clothes and get funding for your next shopping spree.

Why bother? For one reason, designer goods are humanely manufactured. Although the budget-friendly price tags in off-brand stores are tempting, the humanitarian drawbacks are a serious consideration. Designer goods cost more because the workers who make them are paid (and treated) fairly. It’s unpleasant to think about, but it’s an incredibly worthy consideration and cause.

What’s more, consigning means going green (in more ways than one)! Think of consigning as recycling. By running your high quality goods through the economy a second time, you’re doing environmental good by reducing the need for unnecessary production. It’s repurposing on a whole new level. Plus, when you consign, you make your money back! Sound amazing? It is.

Look amazing tomorrow – come visit us in San Diego and Phoenix to buy and consign designer clothes!



Find the Perfect Sunglasses at our Mens Consignment Stores


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Any stylist in our men's consignment stores in San Diego and Phoenix can nonchalantly rattle off 1,000 reasons why the west coast is the best coast.  But besides the year-round summers, beach bonfires, vineyards, mountains, and our legendary laid-back attitude, rocking sunglasses year-round is perhaps our favorite west-side one up.

If you’re in the market for a dapper pair of designer shades, look no further than Well Suited. Our impeccable designer shades have the labels you love without those sky-high department store prices. But before you head in to our men's consignment stores in San Diego and Phoenix, make a game plan.

Sunglasses are an investment well worth your time and money because, in all likelihood, they’ll be a daily staple in your get-up. Choose wisely - your coloring, environment, and the shape and size of your head can all make or break your sunglasses’ look.

If your face is…

Round: go for boxy or rectangular frames (like wayfarers) to make your face seem more angular. The frames should be slightly wider than the broadest part of your face, creating a longer, leaner appearance.

Oval: you’re one of the lucky ones – you can pull off pretty much any pair of shades. Your point of attack, however, is to choose the proper size. Small frames which hardly cover any space between the top and bottom of your nose will make your face appear extra long, so go for somewhat larger sunglasses. Give pilot shades a shot.

Square: strong-jaw types should try to draw attention upward with curvy, top-heavy frames to soften your look a bit. We bet you’d look sharp in some aviators. 

Heart-shaped / Triangle: offset a wide forehead with rimless, narrow frames which are wider at the top than the bottom. Try a pair of classic Raybans for a hip, stylish look.

After you decide which style will complement your face, think about where you’ll be wearing them. Do you wear a suit to work every day or are you a certified beach bum? Invest in sunglasses which will fit your style AND lifestyle. And don’t forget to bring your old pair of designer sunglasses with you to Well Suited. We’ll sell your like-new shades for cash, so you can trade up 100% guilt-free.

 



How to Spot a Fake Designer Bag


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Loads of our favorite love stories are all about second chances: 

The one with the woman who grieved about a Dolce and Gabbana satin blouse she adored from afar in Barney’s display window, but found love again when the same top emerged from a rack at My Sister’s Closet for 80% off retail the next season. 

Then there’s the girl who tried on a gorgeous pair of Prada platform pumps at Bergdorf’s when they cost $850, then rekindled their romance when she snapped them up at My Sister’s Closet a few months later for $145. 

C'est magnifique! 

But, alas, for every resale story happy-ever-after there’s another tale of tragic love lost. Many women who lust after designer clothing without the expensive department store prices can tell at least one horror story of a romance gone wrong, in which dishonesty and deception lead to a broken heart. Few woes in life are more dreadful than thinking you’ve found the deal of a lifetime, only to later realize you’ve just purchased a fake designer handbag. 

Ladies, don’t let it happen to you.

Follow these three tips from Arizona and San Diego consignment store My Sister’s Closet – your source for the most fabulously chic and thrifty designer clothing on the market – to spot a cheating handbag from a mile away.

  Know the signs: methodically scrutinize the stitching, tags, material, and logos on the bag. Any indication that this bag is poorly, cheaply made is a deal breaker, ladies. Red flags include slanted or uneven stitching; cheap interior lining; color disparity; missing or misspelled labels; and zippers which don’t glide like butter.

  Examine the original: head to a distinguished store where you can get your hands on what you’re absolutely sure is the real deal.  Carefully analyze every stitch and trimming of the specific bag you’re interested in until you’d know it with your eyes closed. Learn to recognize the real deal and you’ll never be had again.

  Don’t leave it to chance: consign and buy at My Sister’s Closet! Stay away from ebay...The biggest source of fake bags in the country. We do our best to keep the fakes off our shelves by constantly training our staff and working with industry experts to authenticate all bags, jewelry and clothing.

At My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited, we’re dedicated to providing you the highest quality shopping experience possible, from the moment you approach the building to the instant you exit the door, arms lined with shopping bags full of gorgeous goodies. That’s why we’re so selective when accepting items for consignment - to ensure our customers get to choose from the chicest selection possible. 



Closet Essentials and When to Sell Designer Clothing


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Before we got wise and learned to sell designer clothes in San Diego and Phoenix, we had a love/hate relationship with our bloated, overstuffed closets. Sure, it delighted us to rediscover that adorable yellow Miu Miu clutch we forgot we had! But we passionately loathed the frantic search through a mountain of laundry for our second David Yurman earring, cursing the clock and begging the jewelry genie to magically materialize.  We never really thought of our shopping habit as a problem, but eventually we had to face facts – we just had too much stuff!

Sound familiar? Don’t despair – we found a fabulous solution to your problem. Instead of closet-stuffing (I mean, really. What would your mom say?), bring us your old threads! Sell designer clothing in San Diego and Phoenix at My Sister’s Closet and Well Suited, and only hang onto your favorite items and a handful of closet essentials forever. Get cash or credit for your next shopping spree – it’s simple! Bring in your designer items and we’ll sell them to earn you cash as soon as the sale closes. We accept seasonally appropriate men's and women's designer clothing every day during normal business hours, no appointment necessary. Hang on to the essentials, and consign the rest!

But don’t sell us everything – basic closet staples are worth keeping:

· Form fitting, quality LBD

· Colorful sundress

· Neutral cocktail dress

· Dark party dress

· Casual everyday dress

· Tailored pencil skirt

· Neutral chino slacks

· Neutral dress shorts

· Casual jean shorts

· Flattering dark wash jeans

· Dark and light camisole

· Pinstripe oxford

· Light and dark blouse

· Dark neutral party top

· Knit cardigan

· Cashmere sweatet

· Neutral and colorful cardigan

Don’t leave your closet stuffed with trendy items – only hang on to the must-haves. These classics will never go out of style, so invest in quality items. When you’re ready to say goodbye, head into our Phoenix and San Diego stores to sell your old designer clothing. Trust us – your closet will thank you!



My First Time


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Virgin. Never had done this before. Yes. That was me a very long time ago.

I wasn’t really nervous. Had heard mixed reviews. Some said it was overrated. Others were quite happy afterwards.

I decided to go in with an open mind.

Turned out I LOVED IT. It was so easy. So convenient. And the money was so much more than I expected.

So I invite all you first time consigners to come to My Sister’s Closet, My Sister's Attic or Well Suited. 

We promise to take it easy on you, go slow and make sure you understand what you are getting into.


Buying Designer Handbags on Consignment


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Do you long for a sleek Coach purse? Or how about a brightly colored Louis Vuitton tote? Designer handbags can be a fantastic purchase, but the prices they demand are steep. In fact, never before have prices been so high for designer purses and totes.

What is an aspiring fashionista to do? She should start exploring her local consignment shops for gently used designer handbags. Consignment boutiques carry a vast array of the latest, gently used designer handbags. Scan your Yellow Pages and visit a few consignment shops to get an idea of what is available in your area. Some consignment shops specialize in vintage designer bags from the likes of Chanel, and Dooney and Bourke. Others carry only the latest fashions in designer handbags.

What to Look For in a Designer Handbag
When purchasing a designer handbag, examine it closely to ensure you are getting a good deal. Make sure the bag is authentic and doesn't reveal any flaws. The leather should be firm and even-colored. It should not show signs of fading or cracking. Zippers should close without pulling and straps should be firmly affixed the the body of the purse. In order to ascertain that your designer purse is indeed authentic, look for the following tell-tale signs of a counterfeit product:

  • Logos should be firmly affixed.
  •  Top stitching should be tight and straight.
  • Leather should be firm and without discoloration or fading.
  • The country-of-origin tag should not say Taiwan or China.


Repairing Minor Flaws in a Designer Handbag
So you've found the perfect, gently-used designer handbag, but it has a few flaws. It may require a few minor repairs or a bit of cleaning. Don't shy away from a great deal because of minor flaws. Instead consider the following quick fixes:

 Ink stains can be removed from lightly colored purses with a dab of hydrogen peroxide. Be careful with using hydrogen peroxide with colored purses; the peroxide can discolor them.

  • Holes in leather items can be repaired with patches. Just even out the surfaces of the hole and trace it on a piece of paper. Use that piece of paper as the pattern for the patch. Cut out the patch and insert it carefully into the hole, using garment glue to hold it securely.
  • Snags on a leather purse can be repaired using clear nail polish. Do not use clear nail polish on suede items, however.
  • Leather conditioner can be used to remove scratches and scuffs on leather bags. If the leather polish fails to remove the scratch, use show polish to remove any remaining imperfections.
  • Repairing minor flaws like broken straps can be done at your local leather repair shop. Broken zippers can likewise be repaired by a shop that specializes in leather goods and clothes.


Selling Your Designer Handbags on Consignment
Your local consignment shop can also be a great place to drop off those designer handbags you no longer need, allowing you to free up space in your closet for future purchases. Most consignment boutiques will either pay you directly or offer to take the item on consignment. When a consignment shop opts to take an item on consignment and the item sells, you will receive a percentage of the sale -- usually somewhere between 30 and 50 percent. If your handbag does not sell after 90 days the shop may offer to donate it to charity. You will then receive a receipt for tax purposes.

Consigning Designer Handbags Online
If you decide to consign your designer handbags online make sure your photographs accurately represent the handbag. Focus your camera on one handbag at a time and use software like Adobe Photoshop or Roxio PhotoShow to sharpen images and increase contrast. When writing descriptions of your handbags, include as many details as possible. Note details like type of leather, color of topstitching and the design on the handbag's interior fabric. More importantly, be honest about flaws in the handbag. If the leather is scratched or torn, then include a detailed description of the damage in your discussion of the product. Your customers will appreciate your honesty.

Whether you decide to buy only designer handbags on consignment, or you aspire to take your passion a step further by consigning them as well, you'll enjoy a fun and rewarding experience.



Buying Designer Womens Shoes On Consignment


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Designer shoes' many attractions are well established. The influence of such popular entertainments as Sex and the City and Confessions of a Shopaholic on the minds of women across the globe have linked designer shoes with notions of happiness. But the thrill of being able to pay a few hundred dollars for a pair of Manolo Blahnik pumps without batting an eye is something too few women get to experience.

This is not to say, however, that this thrill is entirely out of reach for ordinary working women. Buying designer women's shoes on consignment is one way to indulge champagne tastes while sticking to a beer budget. You can snag haute couture footwear at discounted prices.

Make consignment shopping a habit. You're more likely to find just the right women's designer shoes at just the right price if you visit a few consignment shops regularly.

How to Spot Quality Women's Designer Shoes
You'll need a discerning eye to find the best women's designer shoes at the best prices. A few simple tips will help you spot the best consignment bargains -- as well as any knock-offs masquerading as the real deal.

Construction. The best shoes are made entirely of leather. Women's designer shoe makers will generally indicate all leather construction with an insignia stating this fact. Beware of shoes having only leather uppers, or, worse, no leather construction at all. These generally indicate inferior quality.

Quality of the leather. Women's designer shoe leather should be thick yet supple. If the leather feels thin or stiff, it's of poor quality.

Stitching and seams. Designer women's pumps should have no seam at the instep. The leather of designer women's shoes of any sort should be stitched together, never glued.

Shoe interior. The inside of designer women's shoes should have no ridges, bumps or bulges. Inside seams should never turn outward.

Heels, outer soles and inner soles. Heels, outer soles and inner soles should not show excessive wear. Wear to these portions of shoes need not be a deal breaker. They can be replaced. The cost of replacement should, however, factor into the amount you're willing to pay for the pair of shoes.

Finding the Right Fit
Of course, inspecting shoes for quality of construction is just part of the equation when it comes to buying designer women's shoes on consignment. The real bonding with your shoes begins when you try them on. These few simple guidelines will help you find the best fit:

  • Your toes should not reach the tip of the shoe. There should be at least half of an inch between the end of your big toe and the end of the shoe.
  • Your toes shoes flex easily in the shoe's toe box.
  • Your heel should fit snugly. Any slippage around your heel as you walk means the shoes are too big.
  • Your ankle should be snugly nestled if you're trying on women's designer boots. Any slippage around the ankle as you walk means an ill-fitting pair of boots.


Be sure to take sufficient time to walk about in the shoes you're trying on, taking several laps around the sales floor if you need to. This will give you a better sense as to how they'll feel were you to wear them under ordinary circumstances.

Keep in mind that feet have a tendency to swell as the day progresses. It's smart, then, to confine your shoe shopping to the late afternoon or evening in order to find the most precise fit.

Caring for Women's Designer Shoes Bought on Consignment

Once you get your designer shoes home, you'll want to take proper care of them. This way you're sure not only to get long use out of them, but to preserve their great looks as well. The following suggestions will help keep your women's designer shoes looking and fitting great:

Invest in a pair of shoes trees. Regular use of shoe trees will help shoes retain their shape against the wear and tear of daily use.

Polish shoes regularly. Wax or cream polish not only refresh the shoes' color, but keep shoe leather clean and supple.

Treat patent leather shoes with petroleum jelly. Petroleum jelly returns luster to the leather. (Just be sure to wipe any excess jelly off your shoes before wearing them.)

Use a white pencil eraser to remove blemishes from suede shoes. If the pencil eraser doesn't work, try some fine-grit sandpaper.

Avoid wearing a pair of shoes two days in a row. Even in cool conditions feet have a tendency to sweat. Keeping shoes out of fashion rotation for two days allows them the airing they need to dry.

Have a shoe repairer install heel and toe taps on your shoes as soon after purchase as possible. Heel and toe taps will keep you from having to replace the entire heel in the future.

Buy shoes roomy enough to accommodate cushioning insoles. Cushioning insoles prevent wear to the insides of the shoes, and prevent shoes from acquiring unpleasant odors -- things which are vitally important if you plan to resell the shoes at some future time.

Buying Women’s Shoes on Consignment: The Price Is Right!
Millions of women have discovered that looking uptown doesn’t mean risking falling into skid row. Buying designer women’s shoes on consignment affords you the financial freedom to purchase the hottest new pumps from Salvatore Ferragamo, the jazziest new boots from Bruno Magli or the sexiest new espadrilles from Prada. In fact, buying women’s designer shoes from consignment shops can often be a thrilling adventure, because you’re never sure just what kind of shoes you’ll find. Consignment shops offer a variety of labels and styles, many of which are rarely found in traditional department stores. This makes buying designer shoes from a consignment shop a sound financial as well as sartorial investment.



Tips for Restoring Antique Furniture for Consignment


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You've just found a beautiful antique cabinet at a neighborhood garage sale. You got it at a bargain and are considering selling it on consignment. There's only one problem: it's in need of some minor repairs. Don't be discouraged by this discovery. You only need to follow a few simple rules for deciding which pieces of furniture are worthy of repair and how to go about repairing them.

How to Evaluate a Piece of Furniture
Before you even purchase a piece of antique furniture, you need to consider if the furniture is worth repairing. Take a few moments and ask yourself the following questions:

Do you like the piece?

Do you think you can make a considerable profit on it through resale?

How much do you think the furniture will be worth after it is restored?

Do you have the time to make significant repairs, should any be required?

Will the piece be in resalable condition after the repairs are made?

Take the time to visit a few consignment shops that specialize in antique furniture. Ask the consignment shop owner about what pieces of antique furniture are currently in demand. Examine the prices of furniture that resembled the pieces you are considering restoring.

Common Repairs in Antique Furniture
Once you invest in a few pieces of antique furniture, it will be likely that you will have to make some repairs. For instance, antique mirrors will frequently need their glass replaced. But if the glass is old--which is indicated by the presence of bubbles or waviness--then replacing it might prove difficult. Also, look at the silvering on the backside of the mirror; if it has deteriorated, then consider replacing it. With a chest of drawers, check the see that the drawers are in working order. Examine drawer runners to make sure they are not split or excessively worn. Check for lose legs in chairs, and splits in tables and cabinet sides. And don't forget to check for warped wood: Sometimes minor warping in acceptable on very old pieces of antique furniture, but warping on newer pieces is something that should be repaired.

Bad Repairs, Missing Parts and Loose Veneer: More Minor Repairs in Antique Furniture
Repairs can sometimes cause more harm than good. Check your piece of antique furniture for inexpertly executed repairs. Bad repairs can result in a structurally unsound piece of furniture, causing tables and chairs to collapse without notice. Also, examine antique furniture for missing parts, especially in more ornate pieces. Look for missing stretchers or rungs on chairs, and check all carvings closely in case a piece has been broken off. Finally, loose veneer is a common flaw in antique furniture, and one that is hard to spot. Veneer can often appeared firmly affixed to furniture when, in reality, it is quite loose. Lightly tap the veneer on your antique furniture to see if it is sounds hollow. If it does, then the veneer is lose and needs to be repaired.

Tips for Cleaning Up Antique Furniture
If your piece of antique furniture is in need of only minor cleaning, try the following tips for cleaning your antique furniture:

  •  Check for mildew on wooden furniture. Clean any mildew off with one cup water mixed with one tablespoon bleach and one tablespoon dish washing detergent.
  •  Look for tarnished brass handles on trunks and dressers. Remove tarnish with a paste comprised on equal parts salt, flour and vinegar. Rub on brass with a soft cloth, and then rinse completely. Shine with a soft cloth.
  • Remove any unpleasant odors from chest of drawers or armoirs with cat litter or baking soda.
  •  Wash ceramics with soap and water only. But be careful: wipe gently with a soft cloth if the pieces are damaged.
  •  Remove adhesive or tape with lemon juice.
  •  Buff antique ivory with a woolen cloth.
  •  Lubricate and clean antique clocks every five years.
  •  Clean glass with an iridescent finish with cool water and a bit of mild soap.
  • Polish carved furniture with paste wax applied to a stenciling brush, and buff using a show brush. You will be able to reach nooks and crannies that way.


Once they've decided on the pieces they want for their inventory, the consignment shop will either give you the money for your furniture upfront, or offer to take it on consignment, giving you a percentage of the sale. Pricing will be determined by the style, condition, and original sale price. If your furniture does not sell within a set period of time, usually 90 days, the consignment shop will offer to donate your furniture to a local charity. You will be offered a receipt for tax purposes. You can also pick up your furniture from the consignment shop, bringing it home again for future resale.

Creating a Safe Work Space for Furniture Repair
In order to more effectively repair and restore your furniture, it is important that you have a safe work space. Follow these four suggestions for creating a safe work space for furniture repair:

  1. Be aware of fire hazards. Avoid smoking in your workspace, and check that all equipment capable of producing sparks are turned off before leaving the work space. Also, make sure you have a fire extinguisher in your work space.
  2. Throw away old rags, which may be contaminated with dangerous chemicals.
  3. Store chemicals away from heat and flame. Make sure all containers containing chemicals are properly labeled.
  4. Be environmentally responsible. Dispose of all chemicals properly by taking them to the appropriate hazardous waste disposal units.


Consigning Antique Furniture: A Rewarding Hobby
Taking the time to properly restore your antique furniture for consignment can result in significant rewards. You'll enjoy the process involved in antique furniture restoration and reap a tidy profit when you bring your restored piece to your local consignment shop.