Meet a Buffalo: Amy’s Personal Style Evolution

By Savannah Timpani and Amy Donegan, Buffalo Exchange HQ

At Buffalo Exchange, we’re all about personal style. Each of us has our own unique fashion journey, so we talked to Amy Donegan, an Administrative Assistant who has worked at Buffalo Exchange Headquarters for 7 years. She tells us how her style has evolved over the years!

How would you describe your personal style?

Up until a little while ago, I was unaware that I had my own personal style. Being the youngest girl growing up, I received a lot of hand-me-downs. I didn’t mind because my sisters had the coolest style and still do. Now, I would say my personal style is very eclectic. I pick my outfits depending on my mood that day. Some of my favorite looks are western (love my cowboy boots!), boho or just classic black and white. I always strive to express an understated elegance in whatever I wear.

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What spurred your style evolution?

In 2015, I lost a significant amount of weight and really tried to explore and embrace different pieces that I never would have thought of wearing before. It’s wonderful working for a company that encourages you to express your individuality and personal style. While my sizes were changing, Buffalo was a great place to trade my clothes in for a fresh wardrobe! Plus, there’s such a wide variety of brands and styles that I really had the chance to figure out my own unique personal style.

Buffalo Exchange Employee Amy

What is different about your personal style now?

My clothes are much more vibrant! Before, I did wear color, but I more often gravitated towards black and grey. I still wear those colors, but now I pair them with bright patterns. I also have lots of fun with accessories. A hat, scarf or jewelry can add flair to any outfit.

Buffalo Exchange Employee Amy Donegan

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Buffalo Exchange Sporty Chic Style

Sporty Chic Summer Staples

By Amelia Gotobed

Summer is going to be here before we know it – and with it comes new trends to try on. Our favorite? Sporty chic looks with touches of red, white and blue. And don’t worry – you don’t need to be an athlete to rock them!

Sporty Chic Stripes

Buffalo Exchange Sporty Chic Style Taped Dress

Taking a cue from sports uniforms of the past, lots of this summer’s styles are featuring retro athletic details like taping up the sides. These give a sporty chic update to otherwise routine outfits. We love seeing this on everything from dresses and rompers to denim and high tops. Doesn’t this romper look like it would go perfectly with a pair of roller skates and tube socks?

Buffalo Exchange Sporty Chic Style Taped Romper High Top Sneakers

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Freaky Friday: My Mother’s Day Styling Challenge

By Aarian Frye, Buffalo Exchange HQ

There are many things I love about my mother, from her sense of humor to her generous spirit. If I had to choose one of my favorites things about her, it’s that she’s never been risk-adverse. She’s braver than I am by a long shot, and doesn’t back down from a challenge… unless the challenge is allowing me – her one and only daughter (Hi, Mom!) – to dress her in outfits outside of her comfort zone. However, she agreed when I added in this one important caveat: my mom could dress me as well *cue ominous lightning strike*.  Read ahead for our Freaky Friday  of an afternoon shopping session at Buffalo Exchange Tucson to celebrate Mother’s Day.

Check, Please

Buffalo Exchange, Tucson, Mother's Day, Gingham Skirt

First, my mom picks out this checkered skirt and off-the-shoulder blouse for me – good job, Mom! This actually looks like a lot of the things I already own. My only hang up is the silhouette of the skirt – I don’t find the knee-length bell shape to be particularly flattering on me. This would be an ideal look for a Mother’s Day brunch, though, and I could definitely see myself wearing this outfit beyond the Buffalo Exchange dressing rooms!

The Clash

Buffalo Exchange, Tucson, Mother's Day, Blue blouse and floral jeans

“Oh, Aarian, no,” is my mother’s response to this striped ruffle blouse and floral jeans. Oops. Guess my mom is not much of a pattern clasher. Nonetheless, she tries them on – and doesn’t totally hate it! This is a huge victory in my eyes. If you’re also hesitant about mixing patterns, I recommend keeping the color scheme soft and simple, like we did here.

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Becoming a New Mom: Lessons in Life and Style

By Savannah, Buffalo Exchange HQ

It’s my first Mother’s Day being a mama and I can barely believe how fast the days have gone by.  My little Luca will be exactly six months on May 13. He’s already grown so much and it’s so fun to see his personality come to life. For me, motherhood has been the greatest gift. I feel like my heart could explode with love and happiness nearly every day. But real talk, being a new mom has changed pretty much everything, including my personal style and outlook on life. Here are some lessons that I’ve learned over the past 15 months, all in time to ring in my first Mother’s Day in style.

Buffalo Exchange Employee Meet Savannah

Yay, We’re Pregnant! Wait… What?

Buffalo Exchange Savannah Mother's Day Baby Photo

When my husband and I found out we were going to be a new mom and dad, it came as a total surprise. I know now that he was THE BEST SURPRISE of my life, but I was totally unnerved at the time. We had planned everything out – when to get married, where to buy a house, when to have kids, etc.  Everything seemed to be going according to plan and then BOOM, BABY! I was nervous and felt like it was way too soon. Looking back, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Luca came into our lives exactly when he was meant to. Lesson #1: Trust the timing of your life. There is no such thing as ‘perfect timing’ and everyone’s path in life is different and constantly changing. Rather than question it, go with the flow. You may be amazed at the outcome!

The Times They Are a Changin’

Buffalo Exchange Savannah Maternity Photo

Buffalo Exchange Savannah Maternity Photo

I loved being pregnant, but it was also pretty hectic for me. Not only was my body changing every day, but my heart, mind and home were also going through massive reconstruction. I’m talking from-the-ground-up type of remodeling. From buying little infant Converse (I just HAD TO HAVE THEM) to a changing table, we were getting more and more ready for Luca’s arrival. I already had an unreal amount of love for my little guy and felt an enormous amount of responsibility to protect and provide for him. As someone used to worrying only about myself, preparing to be a new mom made for some pretty major changes. Lesson #2: Change is good.

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“REVOLUTIONARY FASHION” BY TUCSON WEEKLY

Tucson Weekly spotlighted the story of Buffalo Exchange in an article titled “Revolutionary Fashion: The Family Legacy of Buffalo Exchange” on May 10, 2018: “… Kerstin says in 1974 she introduced something entirely new. ‘Thrift stores got all of their inventory from donations, and those people got nothing in return.’ So, she thought, she could be selective—she could curate—and pay people for the clothes they no longer wanted, but someone else might…”


Buffalo Exchange 6 Tips to Clean Out & Earn Cash for Clothes You Don't Wear

6 Tips to Clean Out & Receive Cash for Clothes You Don’t Wear

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ

So you’ve read Marie Kondo’s book on cleaning out, you’ve made several trips to The Container Store and you’ve spent a whole lot of time visualizing a clean, organized closet. And yet…you’re still stuck with a pile of clothes on the floor. We get it. That’s why we’ve compiled our favorite tips for cleaning out your closet and earning cash for clothes you just don’t wear anymore.  Read on to set yourself up for some major wardrobe wins!

Clean Out Seasonally

Buffalo Exchange Clean Out Seasonally Earn Cash for Clothes Gingham Shorts and Sandals

To prevent your cleanout from being overwhelming, go through your closet once per season (every 3-6 months, depending on what works for you). When you do, start by pulling out all of the out-of-season pieces. Store the ones you think you’ll wear next year and pack up the rest in a bag to sell. Resale stores like Buffalo Exchange always buy the best of all seasons, so even if the weather’s warming up, you may still be able to sell the fantastic down jacket that’s just not your color.

Create a Special Section in Your Closet

Buffalo Exchange Special Section in Closet for Vintage Earn Cash for Clothes

I don’t know about you, but I always have a hard time figuring out what to do with sentimental pieces, party dresses and one-of-a-kind vintage. I hardly wear these items and honestly get tired of looking at them, so I’m tempted to sell them every time I clean out. On the other hand, I can’t bear to part with unique pieces that I may never see again.

The solution? Give them their own special section in your closet! This’ll make it a whole lot easier to get dressed each morning. Plus, when you want to switch up your standard wardrobe, you’ll have a whole section of pieces that feel new and exciting to throw on. If you end up finding that you’re still not wearing these items, keep in mind that Buffalo Exchange loves to buy vintage and one-of-a-kind finds.

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Buffalo Exchange Spring Summer 2018 Zine

Take a Peek Into Our Spring/Summer Zine!

By Jessica Pruitt, Buffalo Exchange HQ

April showers bring May flowers…and our spring/summer zine! For this edition, we share 3 new approaches to spring closet cleaning, feature some of our favorite trends for the season (hint: 90s and 00s are making the cut) and see some amazing style from Buffalo Exchange stores across the country – enjoy a Pastel Daydream at Buffalo Exchange San Diego and a Retro Revival at Buffalo Exchange Atlanta.  Then, find out what some of our favorite Instagram style stars love about shopping at Buffalo Exchange and 2 personal stylists’ tips for shopping resale. Stop by your local Buffalo Exchange to pick up a free copy of the zine or read it online!

Pastel Daydream

Buffalo Exchange Spring Summer 2018 Zine Pastel Daydream Buffalo Exchange Spring Summer 2018 Zine Pastel Daydream

Cool off with these ice cream-inspired looks! Straight from sunny California, photographer Monique Woolley brings us pastel styles in lavender, mint and peach that play with fun patterns, silhouettes and textures. Special thanks to Moosie’s Ice Cream in San Diego. Makeup by Jenn Liptak, modeling by Stacy Cosman, Raquel Woolley and Almira Staleva.

Retro Revival

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This summer, we’re loving looks that take us back to simpler times. Photographer Ryan Naru brings on the retro at Buffalo Exchange Atlanta! Modeling by Daija Thomasson, Natalia Diaz and Cassidy Hayes.

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Buffalo Exchange NYC East Village Pastel Goth Style Blog

Style Spotlight: Pastel Goth at Buffalo Exchange NYC

By Savannah Timpani; Photo from Buffalo Exchange NYC East Village

Here at Buffalo Exchange NYC East Village, we love pretty much every style you can think of – including a full range of gothic looks. Buyer Eve Williams shows us her take on pastel goth, from all-pink-everything to an oh-so-nostalgic My Little Pony dress. Read on to peek some of her favorite looks!

What is Pastel Goth?

Pastel goth takes modern goth elements and adds a certain softness with sheer fabrics and fun colors like lavender and pink. Statement shoes and playful accessories are key!

Buffalo Exchange NYC East Village Pastel Goth Style Telephone Purse Pink Outfit

Buffalo Exchange NYC East Village Pastel Goth Style My LIttle Pony Dress Pink Outfit

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