Adventures in Thrifting: Burberry Dress

I am far from a fashion blogger (lol) and don’t intend to be, but I love fashion and would really enjoy sharing my personal style and shopping favorites with you all! Oh and pardon the not-so-pretty photos, a self-timer can only be so successful…


I need to preface this post by explaining that thrifting in New York City is nothing like your expected I-got-this-dress-for-$3 experience… While there are those sorts of thrift stores scattered throughout the city, many of the consignment stores sell clothing at prices many of us still can’t comfortably afford. These “high-end” thrift stores are pretty epic – vintage Chanel purses, barely worn Louboutins, pristine clothing by brands you’ve only seen in magazines, the list is endless. But beware of price shock…many pieces will set you back triple digits, even though they’ve been worn!


I rarely go thrift shopping for this reason. The last and only time I purchased something from one of these stores was when I snagged a new (i.e. still with tags) sparkly dress for New Year’s Eve almost two years ago. So when I dropped into Second Time Around and came across a stunning Burberry dress at 70% off from the thirfted price of $299 (retail price shows at $800!), I almost purchased it but decided to wait for my mom’s arrival in order to first show it to her before purchasing it (no returns allowed).


The first time I tried the dress on for my mom, we both couldn’t decide if it was a keeper. Again, I walked out of the store dress-less and filled with a sense of unease.


We returned two days later, and this time I walked out with the dress in my possession. $90 is pricey, but for a stunning high-quality Burberry dress in near-pristine condition (there was a tiny tear under the armpit that is now perfectly mended), it was a steal in my opinion!


I love love love the dress and can’t wait to wear it through fall! It’s definitely coming with me to India and Europe too. Cheers to successful thrifting!

♥ Irina


  1. September 15, 2015 / 8:22 am

    That is a steal for that dress at that price! It looks fab on you! You are going to love wearing it this season (and for years to come!).

    • September 18, 2015 / 9:53 am

      Thanks! It’s definitely going to be a timeless piece in my wardrobe 🙂

  2. September 15, 2015 / 1:25 pm

    $90 may be pricey, but it’s certainly not pricey for Burberry! ($800 retail price…unimaginable. I cannot fathom having that kind of disposable income for clothes.) I love the dress! It looks like something you could wear for a ton of different occasions, so I bet your $90 is going to go a loooooong way 🙂

    • September 18, 2015 / 9:56 am

      I’m with you, spending near a grand for a dress baffles me beyond belief. I guess my opinions would be different if I had that sort of disposable income though 😛 And thanks, I’m really excited to wear the dress! Just waiting for the temps to cool down here…

  3. September 16, 2015 / 10:40 am

    Oh my look at you miss gorgeous! Not only is this dress BEYOND gorgeous….but it shows off your amazing legs too!!!

    • September 18, 2015 / 9:56 am

      Aww thanks girl!! Hopefully all that running is paying off 😉