I didn’t have any brothers and sisters until I was ten years old. In fact, I was the only grandchild until my brother came along ten years later. I didn’t have sisters to swap or match clothing with or get his or her hand-me-downs. No clothing to steal out of closets while they weren’t looking or shoe collection to raid when I couldn’t find the right match.
Instead, my style icon was my aunt. Heck, who am I still kidding — she still is. Her closet is where I found my love of all things ’90s, and I desperately waited for the days that I could wear her hand-me-downs.
My aunt’s closet was a place of wonder. I truly never knew what she would pull out next. She had and still does have a way of throwing things on and looking amazing. There was everything from little black dresses to cheetah print and red leather pants inside her closet. Little did I know that I would never grow tall enough to wear the pants or be able to slip into her sneakers that I admired so much.
Despite the fact that I’m at least a half a foot shorter than her, she somehow always manages to find something that I can love. Even at 24 years old, I love to get her hand-me-downs. Every time I see her she has something for me to try on. And I can’t tell you how much fun she is at the thrift shop. We are kindred, secondhand souls, who love style just as much as we do saving the planet.
I knew I had to get over to her house, as soon as she said she was having a garage sale. Of course, I wanted to help her out. There was also the added bonus of getting to raid all her clothing that she was giving away. A little work, a little play. It did not disappoint, either.
One thing that I love to get as hand-me-downs from my aunt is dresses. We can both appreciate a simple dress that can be dressed up or down. The first thing I found is the slinky little navy dress.
I know that it needs a good steam, but I wanted to keep the wrinkles in it to show you how delicate and comfy the fabric is. It’s the perfect transitional dress for fall. I’m already dreaming of pairing it with a denim jacket and knee-high boots. Plus, I’ll be able to use it in the spring as well.
I desperately wish that you could feel this dress. I know that It looks simple, but it is so soft. Honestly, it didn’t even catch my eye until I put my hand on it. Then I knew it would find a good home in my closet. Thankfully, my aunt believed it would too.
If you’ve been following for a while, you’ll know that I’m not huge fan of purses. I love how they complete an outfit, but I typically stick to the same one until it break or tears. I browsed the purses as I worked the garage sale, but I waited until the end to see what was left.
There were plenty of purses left over in the sale. The above two are the ones that caught my eye. My aunt actually pointed the brown one out to me. I love that it has buckle-looking straps to hold it together. Not to mention that the weaving and effortless look is right up my ally. SOLD! Well, kind of — she just gave them to me.
The small, navy chained bag was the one that I specifically had my eye on throughout the day. There’s something so effortless yet trendy about it. The hand-me-downs were a no brainer.
This last dress was a bit of a gamble. I hadn’t seen the dress hanging up, but my aunt put it aside to show me. I’ve learned to appreciate the items that my aunt holds aside specifically for me. At first, I always say no. But the more I think about it, the more I realize how spot-on she is. She really has an eye for knowing what works on a person.
So, naturally, I had to take the black and white hand-me-down dress home with me. I wish you guys could feel this fabric too. It’s stretchy, but form-fitting all at the same time — if you know what I mean. I can also see this being style with some high-knee boots.
Do you guys like getting hand-me-down? I’d love to hear all about you favorite passed-down item in the comments. If you’d like to see more of the hand-me-downs form my trendy aunt, please let me know! I have TONS that I can share with you.