Choosing Fun Over Practical

Building a closet that is full of versatile basics is the foundation for any good wardrobe. But sometimes it’s fun to just indulge in something that’s…well… fun! It’s easy to swing one way or the other. There are many women who won’t buy the funky bag that just makes her smile because she doesn’t know how or when to wear it, or there’s the woman who has a closet full of kitsch, but is scrambling to put a professional outfit together for her first big interview. There is a way to have the best of both worlds! The key is to find the areas in your life where you have some room for fun. If you have a strict dress code at work, look for some weekend attire that allows you to express yourself in a way you normally can’t indulge. If you work from home and live in funky sweatshirts and the coolest range of denim, seek those key pieces that take you from your living room to center stage when you’re out on the town. Lean in to what you gravitate towards, and then edit from there! Come on in to Rags and tell us that you’re looking for some spice in your life, and then we will help you troubleshoot the reality of when you will be able to wear those  items. As always, we are happy to help!

Did you know that denim is perhaps the worst offender in the textile and garment waste problem? The garment industry employs one in every sixth person on Earth and it takes nearly 2,000 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to make one pair of blue jeans. On top of all that water waste, there is the issue of stone-washing, or acid-washing our denim. It is an incredibly toxic task for the workers (mostly in China & Vietnam) to get the hard work of distressing denim done. Thankfully there have been many technological developments to help with the processes used to make the 364 million pairs of denim sold in the U.S. alone. These new developments will certainly help with the quality of life for the garment workers and with the water waste, but it does not change the fact that Americans own, on average, 7 pairs of denim and buy 4 new pairs each year. Help break the cycle! We have consigned 250 pairs of jeans at our three locations in the last 7 days. By purchasing second-hand denim from Rags you are participating in a recycling system that directly helps everyone in your community. See you soon!

*source: From Fashionopolis: The Price of Fast Fashion and the Future of Clothes by Dana Thomas

People call and ask us all the time, “do you take athletic wear?” to which we always respond, at every location, with a resounding “YES!” Athletic wear is our top seller, hands down. Specifically, Lululemon. In Boulder, Denver, and Austin alike, ladies love their athletic wear. And what’s not to love? Long gone are the days of baggy sweats and stained t-shirts for exercise. Just look at any style blogger and you’ll discover that the biggest and most surprising trend right now is a chunky over-sized blazer paired with a cropped knotted tee and bike shorts! If you love athleisure, but don’t love to pay $100 for a pair of leggings, you should absolutely swing by a Rags Consignments. With brands like Lululemon, Alo Yoga, Adidas, Lucy, Athleta, Outdoor Voices and more, you’re guaranteed to find something perfect for your next workout, hike, or even for showcasing your next fashion-forward and on-trend outfit. See you soon!

A “pop of neon” is almost always trending. A full-blown neon look comes and goes in waves, but mostly as an accent it sticks around as, believe it or not, a closet staple. Many people shy away from it and it’s easy to see why. It’s neon! It’s bright, bold, and nothing says “look at me” like neon colors. For those who would rather not scream “look at me” with their outfits, there are ways to incorporate the ever trendy and always wearable “pop of neon” to your look. The key is to find a piece that feels like you. Don’t force yourself to adhere to a trend for the sake of being trendy. Style is about being comfortable and yourself… but it can also be about pushing the boundaries a bit. Find a pair of neon socks and let a little sliver peekaboo outside your ankle boot. Try a neon collared shirt under a black sweater. It’s easy to find what works for you if you’re willing to give it a try. As always, come on in to Rags and we would love to help you find a great pop of neon to add to your wardrobe!

This day and age consumerism comes with a lot of guilt. There’s always something we can be doing better, always someone shouting about how we need to be doing more. But there are ways that you can easily do good and feel good at the same time. Shop recycled clothes! The garment industry makes up 6.7% of the global climate impact and clothing and textiles are the number one source of primary micro plastics into the ocean. It’s easy to shop secondhand clothes and know that you’re truly doing something helpful and good for the environment. Celebrate that! Maybe challenge yourself to go 30 days without buying any new clothing, jewelry, or purses. Overall clothing consumption is projected to double by 2030, but who says that we can’t change that? We definitely can. Let’s shop small, shop secondhand, and be a part of the Fashion Revolution!

Consignment stores often get mixed up with thrift stores and we are here to help identify the key differences. First of all, thrift stores are wonderful in their own way. It’s like a deep dive treasure hunt. You really never know what you will find. Shopping consignment is also like a treasure hunt, but curated. Thrift stores are minimally sorted (staff sorts out the very dirty and damaged donated items) where a consignment store staff works hard to only sell items that are like new and very current, or specifically caters to their niche (like a vintage consignment store). At Rags our goal is to provide quality and stylish women’s clothing and accessories at a fraction of the original cost. We are not necessarily focused on the passing of trends or fads, but on quality and timeless style. Everything we sell has been hand selected, steamed and carefully put out on our floor. We also keep inventory so you can always call and ask if we have something in a specific brand, size, or color. We hope your next visit to Rags is friendly, fun, and successful!

Pretty much no matter where you live right now, it’s more than likely that it is HOT, HOT, HOT! When the weather is still and sticky it’s no fun getting dressed and going outside. But whether it’s for your job or an event, there will be occasions this summer that you will have to pull out some “real” clothes to wear when you’re out and about in extreme heat. Don’t focus too much on cuts, but on the fabric. We know that not everyone wants to wear mini dresses and tank tops with shorts. It’s a well-known fact that linen is a dream in summertime. But you can also look for cotton gauze, silk blends (pure silk shows sweat stains!), and modal or tencel. All of these are wearable and breezy. Cotton t-shirt dresses are easily dressed up with cute sandals and a fun turquoise necklace. Loose jogger pants are on trend and easy to wear with a flowy top, half-tucked. It’s possible to be stylish and beat the heat, we promise. Come on in to Rags, get a cold drink and see what you can find!

We’ve noticed a trend with many of the gowns and dresses that are consignment. Customers will try them on, love them, but pass on taking the piece home because they have no clue when they will wear it. And without fail, dozens of these customers will come in months later and say “remember that gorgeous Oscar de la Renta gown you had last year? I wish I had bought it. I have a fundraiser for work this weekend and nothing dressy enough!” We’ve heard this so many times that we thought it might be time for a PSA. Collecting a closet full of long gowns and designer cocktail dresses? We definitely see how that’s not necessary. But having one or two in a current style that fits you like a dream? Total lifesaver. It seems that you can never really find that perfect dress when you are actually looking for it! So next time you see one that you love, try it on! And may we humbly suggest taking it home if it’s “just right”… because who knows when you’ll need it!

Summertime dressing is all about fun. It’s all about bright colors, Bellinis and short shorts, hot pink nail polish and wide brim straw hats. It inherently makes women a bit more excited to get dressed… right? Well, not if you’re not in a “bare it all” mindset! Summer dressing can be exceptionally hard for women who feel uncomfortable showing arms, legs, midriffs, backs, you name it. So how do you dress for the heat when you’re feeling less than hot? It’s easier than it sounds! Wrap dresses with flutter sleeves, high-rise ripped up skinny jeans (let’s the air in!) and a cute band tee, or a gauzy long-sleeved linen button-down tied at the waist with a flowy midi skirt are three easy outfits for summer dressing without showing too much skin. Try it—or come in to Rags and we’ll show you how!