Color Blocked Shift by Tom & Linda Platt + Link-Up

I have admired the designs of American designers Tom and Linda Platt. Their garments seem untrendy to me, that is, they are just designed well. Plus playful, inventive, and not afraid of color!

Last month, I wrote about a dress I made from a Vogue pattern that The Platts designed (they have designed a few patterns for Vogue over the years).

After finishing my sewing project, I found myself daydreaming of  finding one of  their ready to wear designs on the second hand market and started doing some detective work. My usual online consignment sites were dismal, except Poshmark, which did have a few. Finally. I checked out my oldest 2nd hand market I’ve shopped over the years: eBay.

Ebay was different and I am happy to report this treasure hunter scored this striking color blocked shift/tunic for $40 with a shipping of $10 from Marin County Consignment.

Me wearing fuchsia next to red? This dress made me want to try it. With a dress this striking, I only needed simple black shoes and bag.  The vintage round quilted Koret bag was also from eBay. I found the Jones of New York heels at Marshalls last year.

For those of you not quite sure what color blocking is, here’s a definition:  Color blocking is making bold style statements through the combination of relatively large areas of two to three solid colors.

For about $50, I added a wonderfully crafted statement piece to my closet.  This neutral loving lady went in for a bit of color for a change!

Fuscia, red, violet and green are balanced out with black. Every edge is bound with black satin. That is one of the more amazing things, in my book. I went outside my comfort zone with the fuchsia but that is good for the artistic soul once in a while.


Currently there are quite a few online consignment shops. I have around seventeen listed alone my blog page. When I first started collection vintage dishware and clothing in 2002, eBay was it. Over the years, I have used it to get hard to find items and particular designers that I can’t find anywhere else.

In conversations with other slow fashion shoppers who do wear pre-loved, I am surprised how many have never used eBay. I’ve decided to share my eBay strategy with works pretty good for me.

Just like the shoes and bag, i went  simple with the accessories. I added at bold pendant by MCK and black tassel earrings that Michelle made me.  The red over panel is slit on one side and close on the other. It gives me a feeling that I am wearing a Tabard-I sort of like that!

My eBay Strategies

  1. I always start with a very specific search, such as “V-neck purple cashmere turtleneck sz. M/L. If I want to expand the search, I can but this lets me see if there’s anything out there that fits my exact specifications.
  2. If I find something, the first thing I check is the seller’s feedback score. I only consider them if they have a 99.6 or higher.
  3. I look closely at every photo. eBay is good about having multiple photos, sometimes up to ten. If I don’t understand something, I have no problem contacting the seller to ask questions. EBay has a special form for doing just this.
  4. I read the description very thoroughly and again I will contact the seller to measure something if that measurement is missing.
  5. I check to see if the seller accepts returns. That you can never return anything you buy on eBay just isn’t true. More than likely you will have to pay for the return shipping. But there are sellers who don’t let you send things back and you need to consider this when you purchase. I’ve backed out at times because I just was sure of the fit or style.

Those are my basic rules and I would say over the years, 98% of my eBay experiences have been positive.

I decided to play with geometrical shapes this week and decided to balance the circle shapes of the pendant and bag against the rectangles of the color block design.  Also. I will be making a decision this summer is I want this dress shorter. I won’t be wearing it seriously until next fall so I have plenty of time to decide to take about a couple of inches.

What I don’t buy on eBay

The big items I don’t get on eBay are well know luxury bags; brands such as Yves St. Laurent, Gucci, Louie Vuitton, etc. I don’t consider myself an expert in spotting a fake and so go to resale shops such as The RealReal where I feel more confident that they are the real deal.

I’m even a bit hesitant about mid-level bags too. Rebecca Minkoff and Coach are two that come to mind that I buy from their websites (although I don’t even buy Coach anymore because I think I have enough of that brand).


Auction or “Buy It Now”?

Back in the day, eBay was mainly auctions. Over the years, the “buy it now” option has increasingly become more popular. Although, it been a long sixteen years ago, I remember losing my first eBay auction. I started out buying art (prints and etchings of sheep) and was shocked (!) when someone outbid me during the last ten seconds.

I believe the best prices are gotten in auctions, but you run that risk of someone wanting that special thing just a little more that you do. But the non auction is convenient and like other online consignment shops; just pop it into your basket and be done with it.

Some of My Favorite eBay Shops

Crazy SchemeThis is a yarn store from India. They carry two types of silk yarn, both which are created from up-cycled Saris. Both Michelle and I have bought this yarn. It really is beautiful. The flat unplied silk yarn is my favorite. If you knit or crochet, check Crazy Scheme out. Crazy Scheme has 100% feed back!

Designer Label Fashions

Linda’s Stuff-A standby throughout the years. I noticed that their feedback was 99.5%, but I personally would probably make an exception for her. I’ve never had a complaint over the years.

Marin Consign Online- This is where I found my Tom & Linda Platt dress. This site has everything and clothes are at a minimum but what they have are excellent.

Martin 2001-And for old time sake; the shop of my first auction (which I lost). I did eventually get some prints here but not that first time!

The Review-This is a new shop on my list. I just found an amazing sweater there a couple of months ago.

GemsPorium-Gemstones from Thailand-This is not really an online consignment shop but a shop with quite a story. This is where I’ve lost many an auction. Everyone in the world wants this beautiful jewelry. He’s very democratic with his shipping fee-$10, no matter where you are in the world.

That’s it for eBay and me for today. It’s time to get to the most important part of today’s post which is our Slow Fashion Linkup.

One of my rings from Gemsporium.

It’s Time for the Linkup!

Now to the 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup. For inspiration, I’m again kicking it off with a collage of the wonderful slow fashion stylists that linked up last month.

Last Months Slow Fashion Stylists from the 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup

I am sure you are already following these creative bloggers-if you have missed some one-here is their IG names and blog titles.

Starting from the top left and going clockwise:

I would like to thank everyone who participated in the linkup. Again, to be in the collage, the link title or in the blog, you have to mention what was pre-loved. I hope to see you at the link-up!

The link up button is now on every post that I publish to make it easy for you to link up.

I link up with some great blogs every week. To see who they are go HERE.

Michael gets credit for the photos of me and does a bit of editing from time to time.

Again, thanks for stopping by. Take care……..


It’s time for the May 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup which stays open until May 31st.

Any post on a blog, Instagram, Facebook or the like can linkup to this style celebration. If you can copy and paste the URL in the Linky box, you are good to go!

One item is quite OK—a hat, skirt, pants, shoes, purse, or a piece of jewelry.  That item (or items) can be from a thrift shop, eBay, consignment shop, vintage boutique, one of the online consignment shops such as The RealReal–or even something a friend gave you because they didn’t want it anymore.

When you do post, I would appreciate a description about your 2nd Loved item (or items), what type of shop you found it and what drew you to it. Tell as much or as little as you want.

I would like to have your opinion of something. This linkup is to encourage Slow Fashion and this can take many forms. I am considering adding two other categories to the linkup. The two I want to add are: I made it myself” and “it’s been in my closet for ten years or longer”. I’ve haven’t made a decision but I believe sustainable fashion can take many different forms and wanted to see if all of you would be receptive of this idea. What do you think? I welcome opinions to help me make this decision.


If you have never participated in a linkup before, no fear. Go to Linkup 101 guide that is found on my 2 nd Loved 1st Friday linkup page (also found at the top in the tab section).

Just click the frog below to link up and join the fun!

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23 thoughts on “Color Blocked Shift by Tom & Linda Platt + Link-Up

  1. You look fabulous in this colour blocked shift Terri, a youthful ’60s vibe! Thank you for hosting 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup, such a great and urgent need to promote slow fashion! So happy to be included in the collage you made! I love your idea: both “I made it myself” and “it’s been in my closet for ten years or longer” are good for slow fashion. 🙂

    Slow is the way to go!

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    1. Carmen, thank you for stopping by and linking up. I am so glad you told me what you thought about my new ideas. I am still thinking about it. I know what ever I do, the name of the linkup wwill probably be 2nd Loved Slow Fashion 1st Friday and that wouldn’t be hard to do.

      I just found a new link up on IG that you might be interested in. It goes for a full month so I know that I’, not going to do everyday-but search #slowfashionchallenge on Instagram.

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  2. What a FABULOUS dress, Terri! I love color blocking! It’s such a flattering look. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t look good in the right color block.
    I admit to being one of the “never shopped e-bay” people. I really do still think of it as an auction site and never really associated it with clothes. And right now I’m so enamored with ThredUp it’s a little sad. Ha ha! But, I really appreciate the 411 on e-bay. I’ll definitely be checking them out. I may be missing out on an entire other world of 2nd Hand…We can’t have that! 🙂


    1. Thanks Ronnie, I knew this dress was a fabulous deal because I don’t think anything Platt in a new state runs less that $500 and more. They only do trunk shows at exclusive boutiques or sell out of their show room in NYC so I just don’t really know.

      I have used eBAy so much over the years because I collect very specific items. I started out with sheep etching/prints, Russel Wright American Modern dinnerware, Vintage Escada, vintage Rodo bags and silk Vera scarfs-and when I’m hunting for such specific items eBay has been the only reasonable place I can go. There is a wealth of design on there, but it’s so big you really have to know how to search.


  3. You look drop dead gorgeous in this outfit. I love all of it. The shoes are perfect and I absolutely love colour blocking so that gets a huge tick in the box from me.
    I love the link up, thank you for including me.
    Have a lovely weekend xxx

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    1. Thanks Sally, What do you think about my idea of adding tens years and older along with “made it myself”. Things wouldn’t really change for either of us because I know we do that all the time. But I want this to develop into more than just a thrifted linkup think, Encompassing more slow fashion ideas just seem to be the next step. And if you have any other ideas, let me know.


  4. Terri, this dress is stunning! I love the bold colors and color blocking done right always makes a statement! You look wonderful! Unfortunately, I have nothing to link up this month, but will try to style some more second loved pieces in May! Have a great weekend.


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    1. Hi, Shelbee-that’s fine. Thanks for coming by thought. I am thinking of some different slow fashion and sustainable ways that I can expand the linkup. Hopefully by next month I will have a plan in place! There are other ways to be sustainable than just buy at thrift stores so we’ll see.


  5. Yup, that dress is a winner. Great find. Puts me in mind of a Mondrian … now why on earth did he not get into dress design?!!
    I’ve worn 2nd Loved By Me in April but don’t think I’ve got a 2nd Loved to post, unfortunately.
    Hugs, x.

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    1. I was thinking the same thing. You know, I have a pattern for the Mondrian dress that YSL came out with in the 60’s-but it’s one of those things that I don’t know it I will every get around to doing.

      And about the link-up, that’s OK Mary, I am hoping to add more sustainable and slow fashion ways to join the linkup next month. These would be things like, up-cycled clothing, made it myself, Fair Trade, local designer clothing. I’m doing an IG challenge this month called #slowfashionchallenge and it is giving me some new ideas.


    1. Thanks for dropping by Jessica-I think eBay has probably been a bit overshadowed by all the newer consignment like shops online. Probably the auction reputation turns a few away. But I still shop on there quite a bit


  6. What a great dress that is. OK, the thing is I am a total frugal fashion shopper (ha!) and I try not to buy anything other than from thrift and charity shops. As to your questions: I think definitely include ‘I made it myself’ as that is such a great thing to encourage. Also up-cycling. Yes, definitely. But I’m not completely sure about the “it’s been in my closet for x number of years. That’s not something I like to encourage as that, first of all, could be a dreadful choice – think about the 80s styles – oh no! And second, I think it’s healthy to chuck out and re-cycle through thrift and charity shops, so that someone else can enjoy your 2nd hand clothes. The way I see it is, if we kept stuff for decades we’d have to have the most enormous closets ever. But what do you think, Terri?

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  7. Hi, Penny. I read this right before we were leaving for Dallas and finally am answering-just before I have to start my post for Friday’s linkup. Thanks for your input because I am giving a lot of thought where I want the whole thing to go.
    I understand your worry about high closets but I also have a few things that I continue to wear for going on 30 years and do believe in “quality for life” objects. I talked about it with Michelle this weekend because we two cooked this whole linkup idea up and she likes it too. Well, got to start writing. 🙂


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