This one’s for Brian! And a shout-out to Rachael for a great tip on graphics–check out Canva.com to make your own.
These are brands I frequently find at my local thrift stores that (usually) make it through in decent condition. Your mileage may vary depending on your local thrift store’s catchment area (where their donated goods come from) as well as the varying quality of items produced by brands–retail fashion bloggers often remark that brands’ attention to detail, fabric sourcing, and other markers of quality can vary from season to season.
This list is meant to help get you started if you’re not familiar with the wide variety of companies whose tags you’ll see on the thrift racks. But note that it’s always a good idea to check individual garments to see how they hold up instead of just assuming that a fancy name = good clothing.
And don’t discount a brand just because “my mom wears that” or “my teenage nephew wears that.” As fashion trends expand and globalize, you’d be surprised at the way styles from a brand aimed at one particular demographic can translate across age brackets.
Last but not least, this list is by no means comprehensive, so add your own favorites in the comments section!
Ben Sherman (men’s)
Forever 21 (jeans in particular; dresses and tops vary)
Land’s End (don’t underestimate their basics; note that sizes run large)
Lauren by Ralph Lauren
Lucky Brand (jeans and shirts)
New York & Co. (not to be confused with Jones New York–not as consistent quality)
Not Your Daughter’s Jeans
Olive & Oak
Talbot’s (great pants/shorts)
Vera Wang (the Kohl’s version–haven’t spotted designer Vera yet!)
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