Katie Is Taking Over Weekday Wardrobe (And Sharing Her Tips for Finding Great Vintage Designer Pieces)

What our Assistant Editor wore to work this week.
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Even though Emily is back (!) this week, the Editorial team decided to give her another week off from Weekday Wardrobe (who wants to post outfits when they're jet lagged? Not us!). This week, we're all about our Assistant Editor Katie's week of outfits, and asked her to share her tips for finding the best designer and vintage pieces online, for a fraction of the cost.

Monday: Vintage Denim Jacket (similar here), Free People Bodysuit, Rag & Bone Skirt (similar here), Vintage Chanel Shoes (similar here)

Monday: Vintage Denim Jacket (similar here), Free People Bodysuit, Rag & Bone Skirt (similar here), Vintage Chanel Shoes (similar here)

Tuesday: Dior Sunglasses, C&C Shop Earrings, Zara Jacket (similar here), Zara Dress, Joie Platforms (similar here), Vintage Bag (similar here)

Tuesday: Dior Sunglasses, C&C Shop Earrings, Zara Jacket (similar here), Zara Dress, Joie Platforms (similar here), Vintage Bag (similar here)

Wednesday: Dior Sunglasses, Vintage Denim Jacket* (similar here), Forever 21 Tank (similar here), A.L.C. Skirt, Cupcakes and Cashmere Shoes, The Daily Edited Case

Wednesday: Dior Sunglasses, Vintage Denim Jacket* (similar here), Forever 21 Tank (similar here), A.L.C. Skirt, Cupcakes and Cashmere Shoes, The Daily Edited Case

Thursday (blurry image taken by Rob, who is definitely not an insta-fiancé): Topshop Hoops, Zara Jacket (similar here), Free People Dress (similar here), Vintage Ferragamo Heels (similar here), Staud Bag

Thursday (blurry image taken by Rob, who is definitely not an insta-fiancé): Topshop Hoops, Zara Jacket (similar here), Free People Dress (similar here), Vintage Ferragamo Heels (similar here), Staud Bag

Friday: C&C Shop Earrings, Zara Jacket (similar here), Brandy Melville Tank Top, Vince Skirt (similar here), Clergerie Slides

Friday: C&C Shop Earrings, Zara Jacket (similar here), Brandy Melville Tank Top, Vince Skirt (similar here), Clergerie Slides

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1. Make lists of your dream items: In order to find quality vintage goods, you have to know what you want. By making a mental list of your dream items, your searches in store and online will be far more focused. Now this doesn't mean that you should walk past a killer, surprise deal, but crossing off coveted items slowly feels as if you're building a collection.

2. Do your research: If you're going to invest money in designer goods, know what makes them exclusive. The more you know about the items, the less likely you'll be to purchase a counterfeit. Doing your research also means cross-listing. Don't buy upon first glance- odds are there are other, better prices out there.

3. Manage your expectations: I always joke that I buy vintage not used. And while that mantra is fun, the reality is that these are used goods. This doesn't mean they're gross, but if you're expecting a flawless item, you'll be disappointed.

4. Find your spots: There are 3 routes I take for finding the best deals. First, I shop local. Tons of vintage stores and markets in your town will have unique designer goods. Just make sure the shop isn't over-priced or over-picked. A few of my go-to L.A. spots are WastelandStarday Vintage, Melrose Trading Post, and Gift of Garb. My second route is to bid on EBay. Consignment stores and collectors from all around the world list their goods, either in an auction or BIN format, and they are almost always listed for lower prices than you'll see in a store. Lastly, check out known retailers like The RealReal or Vestiaire CollectiveWith these sites, you will never be surprised. All items are graded on quality and appearance, and are fully authenticated by their team of experts. You just *add to cart* and wait for your designer goods to arrive at your door! 

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