Thrift These Top 13 Luxury Clothing Brands and You’ll Look like a Million Bucks
Scoring a luxe item secondhand feels like you’ve discovered the holy grail of thrifting. Especially if you, like many of us, have champagne tastes and a beer budget. For many fashion lovers, secondhand is the best option for ticking off our high fashion bucket list.
Good thing it’s easier now more than ever to shop secondhand luxury clothing brands! You can skip the racks and search online to find your favorite designer brands (wink, wink). thredUP has over 35,000 brands including the most sought-after designer labels! Start shopping luxe with our list of most desired, frequently added-to-cart luxury clothing brands.
Famed for its signature check pattern, Burberry is synonymous with British luxury. Among its most sought-after perennial items are the iconic waterproof trenchcoat (a must for rainy London) and woolen scarves woven in the iconic check. Established in 1856, the brand has kept pace with modern times with more contemporary designs and a sustainable outlook. Last year, Burberry announced that it would stop destroying unsold clothes (a common practice among luxe brands), in addition to phasing out real fur from its clothes.
For free-spirited feminine looks, look no further than French fashion house Chloé. Founder Gaby Aghion was one of the first proponents of the Ready-to-Wear concept we’re so familiar with now, as opposed to the more exclusive Made-to-Measure or bespoke tradition at the time. The brand was also a springboard for many iconic designers including Karl Lagerfeld and Stella McCartney! Chloé offers boho vibes and iconic handbags. Keep your eyes out for crowd favorite saddlebag styles like Faye, Drew, and Nile.
Diane von Furstenberg
Timeless doesn’t have to mean bland, as demonstrated by the fun, feminine, and empowering silhouettes from Diane von Furstenberg. In fact, one of our favorite confidence-boosting styles, the wrap dress, was invented by DVF! Although it was first realized as a sexy wrap top and skirt combo, the design quickly grew into the curve-hugging, boss lady silhouette that we know and love today. Looking for fresh hues and extremely flattering dresses that are perfect for everything from work to play? DVF will be your best friend.
Trendsetting Luxe Essentials
3.1 Phillip Lim
Wanna make a statement without looking like you’re trying too hard? 3.1 Phillip Lim‘s got you covered. Combining tailoring with an effortless aesthetic, this brand is all modern cuts and contemporary twists on classic looks. You’ll find everything from refined joggers and boxy tees to fringed denim and accented handbags.
Founded in 1913, Prada offers constant innovation without foregoing its strong Italian roots. You’ll find daring runway looks boosted by exquisite Italian craftsmanship (flaming stilettos, anyone?), as well as timeless handbag silhouettes and sleek sunglasses. Plus, who could forget to mention Prada’s cult classic bowler bag?
Minimalists step aside, Italian fashion house Gucci is all about maximalism. The iconic Gucci monogram and distinctive grosgrain ribbon stripes are highlighted on everything from canvas fanny packs and leather belts to furry loafers and silken bomber jackets. If you like a punch of personality with your luxe looks, Gucci will be your go-to for an attention-grabbing statement.
Ready to Work Styles
If you weren’t obsessed with Michael Kors at some point in your life, you will be now. Offering comfy shoes and timeless clothing items, the brand’s biggest claim to fame is its diverse selection of bags. From cute crossbody bags to spacious totes, each highly-coveted handbag features the brand’s instantly recognizable logo.
Need a little extra oomph to your boardroom look? Giorgio Armani will do the trick. You’ll find sharply tailored blazers, expertly cut slacks, and more ready-to-work silhouettes that would look smashing with a pair of slingblacks or flats. If you’re looking for the best in Italian tailoring, Giorgio Armani will not disappoint.
For the boss lady who wants to step up the contemporary vibes of Giorgio Armani while staying conservative, Max Mara is a great option. Offering more modern cuts, this Italian fashion house will keep you looking sharp whether you’re leading a meeting or stepping out for cocktails with friends.
Mixing business with pleasure, Escada adds a dash of feminine charm to refined tailoring. This German fashion house features bold prints, running the gamut of floral patterns to slimming stripes, as well as contemporary riffs on classic fabrics like tweed. For the modern trailblazer that wants to stand out of the crowd, you’ll want to check out Escada.
Elevated Designer Shoes
Carrie Bradshaw-approved glamour comes toe-to-toe with Italian craftsmanship in the luxury brand Jimmy Choo. A brand that comes from humble beginnings (Jimmy Choo apparently made his first shoe at age 11!), this label offers the most highly sought-after for comfort and high style. You’ll find Jimmy Choo classics like towering slingbacks and glittering stilettos alongside everyday footwear for the ladies who are a little extra, like rhinestone-studded sneakers extra.
You’d have to be living under a rock to not recognize Christian Louboutin‘s signature crimson red-lacquered sole. The origin story goes that Louboutin borrowed his asistant’s bold red nail polish (can we say stilettos on fleek?) to paint the bottom of a budding design. He loved it so much that every heel from 1992 carries this attention-grabbing signature. If you see a flash of passionate red, you know it’s Louboutin. For your next event look, you’ll definitely want to score a pair of sky-high stilettos from the Parisian designer.
Instantly recognizable by the signature red logo and the iconic hardware, Gancini, Salvatore Ferragamo was (and is) the go-to shoemaker for the stars. Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe were among many of the well-heeled icons fitted with the Italian house’s comfy and classic pumps. Today, the fashion house offers contemporary silhouettes in bold colors, timeless flats, and heels, as well as highly-coveted handbags.
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