Beth from The Beth Next Door had shared her thoughts on using SecondHands Fashion which is a mail order personal shopping service using thrifted or consignment clothes. I had experienced success with my second of two Stitch Fix boxes, but it was nice to hear of a less expensive option. SecondHands isn’t quite as thorough as Stitch Fix as far as a questionnaire to get a feel for your personal style preferences, but I wrote in a few notes when I requested my box, like the fact that my torso is ridiculously short and my inseam is 28-30″.
Beth’s post mentioned that if I used the promo code FRIENDS plus entered her name, she’d get $5 off her next box, and I also had $5 taken off my purchase. They charge you a $25 styling fee right off the bat, but if you keep anything, the $25 applies to your purchase. If you keep all 5 items from your box, you get 20% off the entire cost. If you want to use the FRIENDS promo code, you’re welcome to write in “Laura vanZandt” so I’ll get $5 off next time, too!
Now onto the fun stuff — what did I receive in my box??
I started with a Chris & Carol coral blouse. It’s shear so I paired it with a tank top I already own that’s a similar coral color. The elastic at the elbow on the left sleeve is a little loose, so I wasn’t sure about keeping it with the cost, considering I need to have an additional top to wear under it… but I really love the color and it’s a great look for fall.
The jeans I’m wearing in the photo above also arrived in the box. They’re from NY&Co, and I love the dark wash on them. The length is perfect but they’re a little snug, but I’m totally working on losing weight (totally!) and they were a great price for jeans in this condition.
From there I tried on this Forever 21 black and gold cardigan even though I knew I didn’t like it. The fit was fine, but the fabric was scratchy, and let’s be honest: it’s ugly.
I quickly moved onto an adorable navy blue Lauren Conrad dress. The size matched what I had requested, but unfortunately this brand’s sizes run rather small so there was no hope for it. And trust me, I spent minutes fighting my optimism on being able to make this work if I lose about 20 pounds. Le sigh.
Finally, I hesitantly put on a Design 365 top that was obviously really long. It’s also a light knit in the front so I had to pair it with a brown tank top underneath for it to be appropriate. The back is a pretty, silky fabric, and once I put on my skinny jeans and cute, knee-high brown boots, I was feeling this top.
How exciting to end up with three keepers on my first box! The one disappointment I had was that all three tops that I received couldn’t be worn alone; they all needed something additional to go under them. This made it slightly more difficult to justify the cost, but I was lucky to have tank tops that worked well with the two that I kept. I included all of the above notes in the survey that I sent back with the pieces I didn’t keep.
I requested my box September 28 and got an email on October 7 saying that it had shipped, which was reasonable, in my opinion. The return and payment processes were a breeze, and I would happily use SecondHands Fashion again!
I feel like I’ve been seeing other subscription services like this pop up more frequently. Have you used something like this? How did it go? Please feel free to leave a comment below!
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