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6 Summer Style Trends to Keep You Cool for the Summer

 

As the weather heats up, this year’s summer style trends are guaranteed to keep you looking and feeling cool. The best part? They’re easier to put together than ever. From bright colors, patterns and textures to classic Americana and some seriously nostalgic throwbacks, these trends aren’t about playing it safe – they’re about playing it up and wearing what makes you feel the most you! Read on for some of our fav warm-weather styles – all available at a Buffalo near you.

 

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One and Done 

This one-and-done summer style trend is about trading in your track suits for a more tailored matching suits and jump suits. The one and done is making a comeback for a second year, proving not all trends are fleeting, and this trend is back and bigger than ever. The matching set is effortlessly stylish, and just like the ease of a jumpsuit the foundation allows for you to keep it simple or have some fun by adding coordinating accessories to you co-ord look. This year we see the addition of cut-outs and is sure to be one of the hottest looks this summer.

 

 

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Y2K is Here to Stay

Think platforms, bucket hats, metallic, smiley faces, flames, yin yangs and butterflies–did that list give you an early aughts flashback? If you’re feeling nostalgic, you’re in luck: Y2K is here for the summer! This summer style trend is all about having fun and bringing out your inner child with butterfly hair clips, fuzzy bucket hats, crop tops, platforms and more. 

 

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Summer Style Trends to the Max

While we still love a monochromatic look, we can’t deny our passion for all things bright and bold and colorful. Maximalism, a.k.a. Dopamine Dressing, is about getting dressed up, having fun and maximizing your style with bright colors, bold patterns and fun textures. The best part about this summer style trend? It has no rules – mix and match or don’t match at all! The trick is finding a few common colors or patterns to repeat throughout. Most importantly: if it makes you feel good, wear it. You might be surprised how much a feel-good outfit could wind up brightening up your day (and the day of those around you)!

 

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Low-Key Luxury

After two years in loungewear it’s no surprise that everyone is ready to get out and dress to impress. But while some are going the maximalist route, others are opting for low-key luxury. This summer style trend isn’t about breaking the bank – it’s more about finding timeless pieces that elevate your look with minimal effort. Layer a classic button-up or suit jacket over your athleisure items or play with silk blouses and head scarves, corsets, lace, tailored trousers and statement sleeves. These pieces will keep you feeling like a million bucks long beyond the summer season.

 

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The Short Report

Since the announcement that skinny jeans have been surpassed by bigger, baggier pants (RIP, sorry millennials), it’s no surprise that the same goes for their shorter counterparts. This summer, trade in your short shorts for looser, mid-length denim cut-offs, bermudas and cargos. The key to this trend is playing with proportions! Pair these with a crop top and an oversize button for an easy summer outfit. 

 

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Americana Accessories

This summer accessory trend is giving a fun twist on the Wild Western classics–bright colored Western hats, metallic or decorative cowboy boots, bolo ties as necklaces and cow print everything. There are lots of fun ways to mix-up and mix in this Americana aesthetic, but if you’d rather go more tried-and-true over trendy, opt for flowy maxi dresses, beautiful silver or turquoise jewelry, a bandana with your Levi’s, or cowboy boots with just about anything to add a bit of western flair to any outfit!

 

Whether you’re all about the nostalgic Y2K feels and you’re on the hunt for the perfect bucket hat or you’re searching for a go-to pair of boots to finish off your Americana aesthetic, stop by your local Buffalo. We’re fully stocked for the summer with warm weather essentials like shorts, breezy dresses, classic tees, short-sleeved button-downs, sunglasses, hats, casual sneakers and sandals. Looking to up your summer style game without going on a spending spree? Bring in your closet cleanout and grab cash or trade for your past favorites. There’s no appointment needed to sell, so stop in anytime!


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Never too Late for Spring Cleaning: Sell Your Closet Cleanout at Buffalo Exchange!

Has your spring cleaning lingered into summer? If your closet is filled with an excess of warm-weather clothes, shoes and accessories, clean it out and make some cool cash in the process by selling at Buffalo Exchange! We’re ready to turn up the heat with short sleeved button-downs and blouses, casual tees, shorts, skirts, dresses and more. We’re also looking for sneakers, sandals, sunglasses, hats…basically any accessory you’d wear from the beach to the street! Rather hold on to your summer things for the time being? We totally get that, which is why we buy the best of all seasons year round! For anything we buy, you’ll receive 25% back in cash or 50% in trade to put towards a hot new look for the season. Summer’s only here for a short while, so make the most out of your closet cleanout and walk in to refresh your wardrobe at your local Buffalo Exchange today!


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Soak Up The Sun in Style: Shop for Summer at Buffalo Exchange!

Things are heating up, and we don’t just mean the weather — if you’re in need of a fresh look for the upcoming season, shop at your local Buffalo Exchange! Whether you’ll be jet setting around with just a carry-on’s worth of clothes or relaxing in your own backyard, we have the best selection of current, stylish pieces to keep you feeling and looking cool wherever your plans take you. While you’re assembling your wardrobe of warm weather essentials like shorts, skirts, breezy dresses, classic tees and short-sleeved button-downs and blouses, don’t forget to finish your looks with sunglasses, hats, casual sneakers and sandals. 

Before you stop in to shop, take a look through your own closet for clothes, shoes and accessories that you haven’t worn recently — those great styles you’re sitting on could become 50% back in trade to spend on your new look or 25% cash to put towards your next summer adventure! Buffalo Exchange buys all day, every day, and we can’t wait to see what you bring.


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7 Sustainable Gift Ideas for a Green Holiday Season

Ah, the holidays: a time for reconnecting, recharging and…recycling? Although it’s probably not at the top of your mind during the daily festivities, sustainability doesn’t have to take a backseat during this traditionally spendy season. In fact, you can find sustainable gifts for the same price — or even less — that what you’d spend at an average retail outlet.  Read ahead for sustainable gift ideas for everyone on your list!

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Indoor Herb Garden 

For the green-thumbed gourmand short on yard space, a countertop herb garden is a sustainable gift idea that keeps giving. They’ll be able to propagate fresh herbs for delish dishes indefinitely, cutting down on trips to the grocery store that’ll help save gas and cash. For those looking for a little greenery, an indoor herb garden also doubles as an ornamental plant, which can breathe some fresh air into even the tiniest apartment.

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A Good Book

If you know someone who makes it their New Year’s resolution to read more books every year, help them take the first step with this thoughtful sustainable gift. Whether it’s a classic or currently climbing the bestseller list, a book is an excellent alternative to screen-based entertainment. Even better, pick up a gently used copy at your local book reseller. When they’re done reading, books can be repurposed as home decor or sold back to a local used book store!

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Eco-Friendly Flatware and Food Storage 

For the meal-preppers, office lunchers and anyone else who often eats on-the-go (who doesn’t nowadays?), a set of utensils made from recycled plastic or bamboo will be much appreciated as an alternative to single-use plastics. This sustainable gift pairs perfectly with reusable sandwich bags made from materials like silicon or waterproof cloth.

 

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Totally Cool Totes

Great for carrying everything from groceries to clothes, reusable tote bags (like these ones made of 70% recycled plastic bottles that you can pick up for just $2 at Buffalo Exchange!) are a practical sustainable gift with tons of mileage. Plus, they can even be used to house your gift in lieu of a disposable gift bag! P.S. If you purchase a Buffalo Exchange gift card in-store for $50 or more between now and December 24, you’ll get one of these bags free!

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Recycled Puzzles

Keep your loved ones sharp and entertained during holiday downtime with a puzzle made from 100% recycled materials. When every piece is in its place, the puzzle can be framed as a permanent piece of art or dis-assembled and regifted — what’s a more sustainable gift than one that can be gifted again?

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Secondhand Style

Now this is a sustainable gift idea that’s easy on the environment and your wallet. Whether your giftees like to wear designer duds, totally one-of-a-kind pieces or all the latest trends, shopping secondhand for the holidays cuts down on waste from new textiles and keeps existing pieces from filling landfills. For secondhand gifts, Buffalo Exchange is a one-stop shop for every aesthetic: you’ll find high-end items like Gucci bags and boots, fun accessories, vintage pieces no one else will have and many of the same styles you can currently find in the mall or a department store. Sometimes you can even find items that are brand new with tags!

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A Buffalo Exchange Gift Card! 

If time is ticking to wrap up your holiday shopping, let us introduce the most convenient sustainable gift idea: a gift card to Buffalo Exchange! An excellent one-size-fits-all option, gift cards take the guesswork out of holiday shopping and give your giftees the opportunity to treat themselves to something they’ll definitely love. Plus, when you buy a Buffalo Exchange gift card worth $50 or more in-store, you could receive a free Buffalo tote (now through 12/24) Whether you buy online or in-store, a Buffalo Exchange gift card is a small present that makes a big impact.


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Wickedly Good Costumes for the Best Halloween Yet!

Something wickedly cool this way comes — Buffalo Exchange is getting into the Halloween spirit with our Costume of the Day series! From now until Halloween, we’ll be posting thrilling, chilling and creative costumes daily to inspire your Halloween look. Whether you’re planning on staying in with your boo or hitting the town with your best ghoul-friends, we’ve got a screaming good selection of costumes for your Halloween hangs. We add new costumes everyday, so check back in for some spooky style inspiration!

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5 Fall 2021 Trends We Can’t Wait to Wear

Fall is almost here! We’re looking forward to cooler weather, light jackets, pumpkin spice and everything else that comes with the season — including the newest upcoming trends! Since our sartorial adventures were put on hold last year, we can expect to see some big changes in style. We’re switching out neutrals for pops of color, relaxed leisurewear for elevated wide legged and slouchy pants and throwing it back to the early 2000s (we did have a lot of fun back then!).

Here are 5 fall 2021 trends that we can’t wait to wear this season. Some styles have been simmering for a few months, waiting for their time to shine, and some are fresh off the fashion presses! 

Super Saturated Color

It’s time to set aside all the neutral colors and refresh your closet with bright greens, punchy pinks and bold blues. Whether you’re looking for an accent piece or full-on monochromatic dressing, there’s a color-rich style for you!

Bright green blazer

Buffalo Exchange NoHo

cerulean blue outfits

Buffalo Exchange San Diego (Pacific Beach)

yellow two piece suit

Buffalo Exchange East Village 

Orange blouse

Buffalo Exchange Fullerton

The Return of Y2K

The era everybody is talking about! Some key pieces that are coming back: small handbags, logos, mesh tops, mini skirts, fun prints and flared pants. If you are looking for inspo, make sure to check out looks from celebrities like Paris Hilton, Britney Spears, The Spice Girls and Hillary Duff!

 

 

Spice girl inspired outfits

 Buffalo Exchange San Diego (Pacific Beach)

Y2K outfit

Buffalo Exchange Chicago (Andersonville)

cropped tank top and checkered flare pants

Buffalo Exchange San Diego (Pacific Beach)

Ultra-Relaxed Denim and Pants

We can’t talk about Y2K without mentioning its predecessor, the early and mid 1990s! When it comes to fall 2021 trends, super wide, ultra-relaxed bottoms are back in a major way. Work them into your wardrobe with casual denim, crisp khakis or fun printed party pants! 

Wide leg trousers and tees

Buffalo Exchange Portland (Hawthorne)

high waist wide leg pants

Buffalo Exchange Chicago (Wicker Park)

Red wide leg pants and crop top

Buffalo Exchange San Diego (Hillcrest)

wide leg cargo pants

Buffalo Exchange Sherman Oaks

Sweater Vests

While we’ve been seeing them for a season or two, we weren’t sure if this was a passing fad or a lasting trend. Now, we know that sweater vests have true style stamina! Try them out to smoothly transition your summer outfits to suit chilly fall days.

Green sweater vest set

Buffalo Exchange Houston

sweater vests and jeans

Buffalo Exchange Kansas City 

layering sweater vests

Buffalo Exchange Seattle (Ballard)

variety of sweater vests

Buffalo Exchange Kansas City

Apres Ski 

While we’re still a few months away from hitting the slopes, you can dress like you just jumped off the lift with ski suits and puffer jackets in retro color palettes like 80s pastels and primary color blocking! This fall 2021 trend is guaranteed to keep you warm and cozy. 

color block jacket and retro ski gear

Buffalo Exchange Chicago (Wicker Park)

vintage yellow ski jumpsuit

Buffalo Exchange Eugene

Pink snow jumpsuit and platform boots

Buffalo Exchange Sherman Oaks

Red winter jumpsuit and black sneakers

Buffalo Exchange Eugene

Ready to fill your closet with these fall trends? Before you shop, bring in your closet cleanout to Buffalo Exchange! We buy the best of all seasons year round, and your past-favorites could turn into trade to spend on your new looks. Plus, when you sell between now and September 30th, you could be entered for your chance to win a $100 Buffalo Exchange gift card! To shop and sell sustainably, find your nearest Buffalo Exchange location here


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Shopping for Plus Size Fashion at Buffalo Exchange Tempe

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Just like the summer sun, Caelyn’s sense of style shines bright — watch her bring in a few things to sell and swap them out for some cute, current pieces at Buffalo Exchange Tempe!

Have a plus-sized closet cleanout of your own? Trade in your past-favorite pieces for something new-to-you at your local Buffalo! We buy ALL sizes, from 16+, and your past-favorite pieces could become stylish closet staples you’ll love. To sell, stop by your local Buffalo Exchange anytime!


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Trend Alert: Three Ways to Style Leather Pants

 

In February, I stopped by my local Buffalo Exchange for a LONG overdue shopping trip. In 2021, my goal is to focus on sustainable style: clothes that I’ll treasure forever, or timeless pieces that I know I can always trade in at Buffalo Exchange. Not wanting to overdo it, I made a promise to myself that I’d only leave with items I absolutely adored. Lo and behold, I found what I was looking for almost immediately: a VERY trendy pair of leather pants! At first glance, leather pants may seem like a strange choice — how often will I wear them? However, I found that they’re remarkably versatile, and I can totally see myself rocking them from fall to spring. Scroll through for three ways to style leather pants!

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Colorblock with primary hues for a fun, artsy spin on no-nonsense leather (bonus points for added textures like faux fur and retro-inspired vinyl!)

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Although they seem to be from totally different worlds, a racing jacket, cashmere sweater and cowboy boots are MINT to be! Finish the look with a top handle faux croc bag.

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Watch Aarian style vintage leather pants with other finds from Buffalo Exchange! #SecondhandFashion #ThriftHaul

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Take a trip to Paris without leaving your block in a French-inspired look featuring polka dots, strappy sandals and a cloud bag in a monochromatic palette. 

As you can see, these black leather pants are far from basic! If you’re feeling inspired to shop, stop by your local Buffalo Exchange today. Each store is filled with classic staples, trendy pieces and one of a kind finds you’ll love. Plus, if you’re due for a closet cleanout, you can bring in your items and leave with trade to spend on a sustainable, new-to-you wardrobe! 


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15 Ghastly-Good Costumes for Halloween 2020!

Can you feel the chill in the air? Halloween is almost here! Even though we may not be able to go door-to-door trick-or-treating or attend a public Halloween bash this year, there are still plenty of ways to party. Here are a few activities to help you get into the Halloween spirit:

  • Carve pumpkins with your besties on Facetime
  • Virtual haunted house tours
  • Halloween movie marathon + (online) viewing party
  • Visit an outdoor pumpkin patch or corn maze 
  • Send Trick-or-Treat emails to your friends (and don’t forget to send along something sweet, like a gift-card for goodies)!
  • Host a virtual costume party on Zoom

Now that you’ve got a few ideas for how to celebrate while staying socially-distant, scroll through for some of our favorite Halloween costumes!

Midsommar May Queen Costume

Midsommar Bear and Cult Member Halloween Costumes

Crown yourself the May Queen of Halloween in a Midsommar group costume! 

Coraline Book Character Halloween Costume, Yellow Rain Jacket and Blue Wig

Brave Halloween night as one of our favorite fearless book characters, Coraline.

Wizard of Oz Group Costume, Glenda the Good WItch, Tin Man, Scarecrow, Cowardly Lion, Dorothy, Costumes for Halloween 2020

We’re off to see the wizard — and the wonderful world of Halloween costumes at Buffalo Exchange!

Kill Bill's Beatrix The Bride, GoGo Yubari, Costumes for Halloween 2020

Cross Halloween costume shopping off your list with the Kill Bill duo.

Mean Girls group costume, all pink outfits, red top and jeans, costumes for Halloween 2020

A Mean Girls group costume? That is so fetch!

DIY Spaghetti and Meatball costume made with red t-shirt and yarn, costumes for Halloween 2020

DIY spaghetti and meatball costume? Now that’s what we call an ‘outfit recipe’!

Scooby Doo Mystery Inc and Hex Girls Group Costume, costumes for Halloween 2020

Zoinks, it’s the witches – actually, it’s the Hex Girls! Team up with your squad, Zoom style, for a Mystery Inc group costume.

Joker 2019 costume, costumes for Halloween 2020

Put a smile on everyone’s face this Halloween with a spot-on Joker costume.

toast costume, avocado costume, sunny-side-up egg costume, banana costume, strawberry costume, costumes for Halloween 2020

For a well-balanced breakfast – we mean, Halloween costume – shop at Buffalo Exchange.

Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy Spongebob Squarepants costumes, costumes for Halloween 2020

One of our favorite dynamic duos from under-the-sea, Mermaid Man and Barnacle Boy from Spongebob Squarepants!

Snap Crackle and Pop Rice Krispies Elves costumes, costumes for Halloween 2020

For Halloween looks that really snap, crackle and pop, DIY your own cereal mascot ensemble.

Jordan Peele Us Tethered costumes, costumes for Halloween 2020

We’re seeing double with this Tethered ‘US’couples costume!

Austin Powers group costume, costumes for Halloween 2020

We SPY a groovy group costume: Austin Powers, Dr. Evil and more!

Cruella De Vil and 101 Dalmatians costume, costumes for Halloween 2020

Spotted: Cruella De Vil and 1 of 101 Dalmatians!

Hocus Pocus Sanderson Sisters costume, costumes for Halloween 2020

Spotted: Cruella De Vil and 1 of 101 Dalmatians

Princess Peach and Mario costumes, costumes for Halloween 2020

Racing to find a last-minute costume? Mario and Princess Peach costumes will take you to the finish line!

Billie Eilish Before the Party's Over Music Video costume, costumes for Halloween 2020

Before the party’s over, dress up like our favorite ‘Bad Guy’, Billie Eilish!

Now that you’ve seen just a few of our favorite Halloween costumes, head to your local Buffalo Exchange to recreate one of these looks (or create your own — the possibilities are endless!). Before you go, you might want to take a look through your closet to see if you have any costume pieces to sell — we’re buying for Halloween (and fall, of course), and your costumes from last year could transform into cash or trade to spend on a spooktacular new look. Have a happy, safe and socially distanced Halloween, from Buffalo Exchange!