HOW TO: Shop Secondhand Like A Fashion Girl
We don’t need to tell you how much we love shopping secondhand—it’s what we live and breathe all day every day. That said, we completely understand that there are aspects to shopping secondhand (especially on a site with so many options!) that can be a bit overwhelming. There are some unique tips and tricks that are good to know, that specifically relate to buying secondhand clothing. Here are some of our favorites, inspired by a few of our favorite internet fashion personalities.
1. “When it comes to denim, size up.” – Lindsay, our resident Style Expert (official title: Brand Style Manager). Used jeans are an awesome choice, because denim often gets better with age. Just size up, in case of shrinking.
2. “If you love it, don’t hesitate.” –Amy Abrams of Artists & Fleas. While this seems simple enough, it’s an important shopping tip. When you’re shopping secondhand, not only is the item you have your eye on unique, it’s also likely to get scooped up by another shopper pretty quickly. Go with your gut, and take comfort in the fact that what you covet will cost you well below the retail price.
3. Buy dresses for special occasions. Wedding Season looming over you? Check the cocktail dresses curation on thredUP. Often. We swear by our selection of cocktail dresses.
Wedding season can quickly get ridiculously expensive, after flights, manicures, gifts, and hotels, shelling out for a dress often gets de-prioritized. Dressing up and feeling your best is one of the most fun things about attending a wedding (after celebrating love, that is!).
Scoop up a few cocktail dresses secondhand from thredUP to have in your rotation all summer and early fall. Formalwear is a smart thing to buy secondhand – chances are, your frock’s previous owner only rocked that dress a few times during special occasions, meaning it’ll be in great condition for you. Furthermore, you can go with a color or style that’s a little trendier or more daring than you typically would, because the pricepoint is so much more affordable.
4. Don’t be afraid to be a Material Girl. In other words, when shopping secondhand, it’s pretty much always a good idea to spring for items that include or are 100% silk, wool, cashmere, or linen. These materials are made to last – not only are you likely getting a great deal on these pricier materials, chances are, that item looks great. These materials age well, and will serve you for years to come. They also just look marvelous and hang really well.
5. Plain and simple – search your favorite brands. You know how it fits. You know you’re loyal to their style point-of-view. If you love a brand and you find it secondhand and it’s in your size… *add to cart*
In a rut? Here’s a fun a little exercise:
What are your top tips for shopping secondhand? Tell us in the comments!