The Fashion Column Twins: Finding deals at Plato’s Closet

Emily Kennedy shows off a kimono-inspired, lightweight jacket plucked from Plato's Closet.

This time of year, I always try to watch my shopping budget because the holidays are just around the corner. Looking for gently used clothing is a smart way to go about this instead of halting my shopping altogether.

Plato’s Closet, 3514 Clinton Parkway, is always packed full of second-hand clothing from well-known designer brands. Everything from J Brand to Gap to Urban Outfitters will be hanging on the racks. The best part is that every time you go in there, you’ll most likely find new items because they are constantly buying and restocking clothing, shoes and accessories. It amazes me what I find every time I pay a visit to Plato’s.

My absolute favorite section of the store is the designer jeans area. They are stocked with high-end denim brands like Citizens of Humanity, True Religion, Paige, 7 For All Mankind and Hudson, just to name a few.

I’m all about splurging on what you want, but in all honestly, who wants to pay upwards of $200 for a pair of designer jeans? Why not settle for a gently worn pair at a fraction of the cost?

A couple of months ago I scored a pair of J Brand flare jeans in a trendy dark wash that literally looked brand new — no rips, tears, or discoloring at all. They typically would run around $200 or more, and I bought them for around $30. I am astounded at the bargains I consistently find at this place.

Elizabeth and I sifted through their fall inventory last weekend to find fall-worthy looks at amazing prices. I was fixated on a pair of J Brand faded gray skinny jeans. I had actually been searching for some neutral-colored skinny jeans so I was happy to find these. With the endless options of fall pieces, we were finally able to throw together some looks that are perfect for cool-weather days and nights.

I couldn’t ignore this kimono-inspired, lightweight jacket. The silky fabric makes it super comfortable for a prominent layering piece. I threw on more color with pink suede pumps and a statement necklace. You could always switch out the heels for flats for a day look.

Next time you’re running low on the dough, or even if you’re not, check out Plato’s Closet for designer brands at seriously discounted prices.

— Emily and Elizabeth Kennedy are twin sisters and fashion bloggers who share a blog called Fashion Column Twins. They can be reached at