For the last few months, I’ve been mentally preparing for the fact that we’ll be spending the holidays at home this year, just the two of us, away from our family and friends. While this totally sucks and I can’t wait for a time when we can all be together again, I’m trying to look on the bright side and enjoy what will be a very low key and relaxing holiday. It’s a stark comparison to our typical frenzied, event-filled days.
Because we don’t have any events to attend this year, I don’t feel the need to buy a sequined dress (even though I love this Anthropologie one) or the perfect pair of plaid trousers (like these). But I do still want to feel festive even though it will be just the two of us. Luckily, holidays items are incredibly easy to find secondhand through apps like Poshmark. Plaid shirts, red sweaters, and sequins are pretty plentiful!
I found this J.Crew plaid shirt (100% cotton) on Poshmark for just over $30. Plaid is a little tricky as the wrong pattern can look a little busy or feel too trendy. I wanted to find a plaid shirt that I could wear for years to come and not just around the holidays. I was thrilled with this classic, understated pattern and the quality for the price. I can’t wait to wear it with my black velvet leggings, red heels, and sparkly statement necklace.
I found this paisley gold J.Crew shirt on Poshmark for just over $30 as well. It’s no gold sequin dress, but it definitely satisfies my need for something a little glitzier and more glamorous. I show it here layered over a black turtleneck, but I can definitely see myself wearing it alone during the warmer months. The pattern is just so cool and not tied to anything seasonal.
How to Shop Poshmark for a Holiday Look
If you’re trying to find something special to wear for the holidays this year, but you’d rather shop secondhand, I would definitely recommend Poshmark. If you’re new to it, download the app to get started. You can also use the desktop version. Make sure to fill out the size preferences so only items in your size pop up when you search for something. Then have at it!
You can search by brand, color, item type — whatever you’re looking for, but try to be specific. When I was looking for my plaid shirt, I searched for “J.Crew Plaid Shirt” because J.Crew is one of my favorite brands and I knew that would help to narrow down the results. There was a plethora of options all in my size.
Some items are easier to find than others. Anything that is commonly sold like “plaid shirts” is easy to find. Here are a few search terms I would suggest for the holidays:
And lastly, the most important tip: Once I find an item, I like it by tapping on the heart before buying it because the seller will usually offer it at a discount once they see someone is interested. But make sure to jump on it if they do because someone else who liked it might buy it before you!