Buying “secondhand” clothing often conjures up images of fusty charity shops of old selling dodgy smelling clothing with the odd suspicious stain. However, with “secondhand” being rebranded as “pre-loved” and with more awareness on the absolute appalling amount of fast fashion which ends up in landfill, there has been a shift in mentality towards looking at rewearing and recycling fashion.
Over the years I have purchased a few pieces from people who specialise in finding fabulous quality, pre-loved pieces. I mainly look for higher-end labels in styles which I feel will be classics. Some favourite items have been an Isabel Marant Etoile oversized blazer, some Joseph sterling gilets and my latest find, a longline Burberry trench coat. All have been in as good as new condition and have cost a fraction of what they would have been new.
So where to start when looking at pre-loved clothing? I usually look when there is something I particularly want so I have a focus (like a classic Burberry trench) and I know I will have to be patient. In fact, I had been looking for a few years until I came across “the one”. Obviously you need to feel you can trust the seller. There are some great people on Instagram who you can follow and when you see something you like they will send out all the measurements etc so you can really see if the piece is for you. When I have purchased off eBay, I look at the seller’s ratings, what else they are selling and paying with PayPal means there is some comeback.
If you think it’s something worth thinking about 9it is!), here are a few sellers who offer some fab pre-loved fashion and are lovely to deal with.
Invest In Style is an Instgram account run by Clare who sells really stylish, classic pre-loved items. It is where I found my Isabel Marant blazer and I am on the lookout for when she finds an Isabel Marant white pheasant blouse…fingers crossed! She is so lovely to deal with and is super helpful along with having an excellent eye for styling.
One Scoop Store is an easy to navigate website selling pretty pre-loved pieces. They sell online and have a Hackney studio you can visit once normality resumes.
I found my Burberry trench coat on embay through the seller iqrazafar2012 after looking around for ages. This seller deals mainly in Burberry, Mulberry and Max Mara. The coat arrived beautifully wrapped and the seller could not have been more communicative and helpful.
So, there are some starting points if you were unsure as to where to start looking. It is always a bit of a happy moment to find something you will truly love.