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By Gabrielle Nomura on March 18, 2011 – No Comment

By Gabrielle Nomura | Photos by Chad Coleman

When someone compliments her for what she???s wearing, Bellevue fashion blogger, Rebecca Klein likes being able to say, ???Why thank you. It???s vintage.??? There are plenty of reasons to compliment vintage and secondhand clothing, whether it???s for bringing back a winning retro look, having the smarts to save money in the economic slump or for benefitting the earth by recycling gently-used garments at consignment stores.

With 1970s chic making a comeback in off-the-shoulder Dolce & Gabbana peasant blouses and Yves Saint Laurent wide-leg trousers and pantsuits, snagging an up-to-date look, even from older garments is easy for those who don???t mind sifting through the racks.

Gucci, St. John, Dior, Coach, Nordstrom and Macy???s are some brands found at the Re-Dress Shop, a consignment store on 140th Avenue that allows people to bring in their designer and better-name-brand clothing and receive half of what the item sells for.?? The store gets a little of everyone coming in, from women in their 20s, to businesswomen who come in looking for professional attire. High-end retail outlets such as Neiman Marcus on the Eastside make for even better secondhand shopping in Bellevue, says Re-Dress Shop owner, Kelly Boyd. The people who shop at the Bravern and Bellevue Collection are often the same people who bring in their clothes for consignment.

The high-end recycled clothing found at Your Sister???s Closet is another example where one can find evidence that fashion-savvy women live in Bellevue. An institution of secondhand styles, Your Sister???s Closet has been in its location for 30 years. In addition to the clothing, customers love the selection of handbags, petite through plus sizes, free coffee and designer labels from Chicos, Anne Taylor, to Prada, Chanel and St. Johns, says owner Jennifer Kang.

???It???s not a department store where you simply find what???s trendy,??? Kang says. ???Everybody has unique taste and they can express that through what they find here. I love that every item has a unique story.???

Rebecca Klein,
Fashion blogger:

Wearing: (Top) Dolce & Gabbana dress. $222.99. (Below) Miss Lucille hat,
$31.99; Max Studio dress, $31.99.
Source: Your Sister???s Closet.
Black peep-toe heels: $27.90.
Source: Forever 21

Where to go:

Between Friends Consignment & Gifts
137 106th Av. N.E., Bellevue?? |?? 425-455-0343

Mercer Island Thrift Shop
7710 S.E. 34th St., Mercer Island?? |?? 206-275-7760

Re-Dress Consignment Shop
1645 140th N.E. #B8, Bellevue?? |?? 425-746-7984

Plato???s Closet
14125 N.E. 20th St., Bellevue?? |?? 425-603-9494

Your Sister???s Closet
11810 N.E. 8th Street, Bellevue?? |?? 425-223-2100

Goodwill Industries
14515 N.E. 20th St., Bellevue?? |?? 425-649-2080