I know preloved shopping online is something my clients can struggle with, due to sizing and lack of returns, so in this post I've focused on my top tips and on preloved sellers who do offer returns, to make things easy! Shopping preloved online opens up your options and allows you to be more focused and specific, than shopping in your local charity shop.
My Top 8 Tips for Shopping Secondhand September Online with Success!
Set up an alert on eBay for your favourite brands or items on your wish list - be as specific as you can
Search for your favourite brands own shops on eBay and Depop who will sell their own preloved and end of season items e.g. Never Fully Dressed
Find some unique sellers on Instagram and online who offer things that suit your style personality, watch their live sales to pick up unique items - you can use hashtags like preloved to find them e.g. @wearnot_wantnot
Shop charity shops online stores such as Oxfam, or many charities have their own eBay stores
Shop with trusted sellers who offer returns on their items if things don't work out
Know your measurements - have your body measurements in a note on your phone, or measure existing items in your wardrobe which are similar. Always ask Vinted/eBay sellers for measurements on brands you haven't tried before
Filter by size, item location and brand to help narrow down your searches, filter by condition if you prefer new with/without tags, I'd also recommend filtering by fabric to avoid man made fibres like polyester
Plan ahead of the season - e.g. look for winter coats in August as you'll be more likely to get a bargain and there will be less competition on auctions/items
My Top 10 Online Preloved Shops
Best for designer and premium brands, expect to find beautiful pieces in mint condition from brands such as Isabel Marant and Chloe.
Philippa has a great eye for sourcing premium fashion and has connections with high end department stores, so she often has items new with tags with a big discount!
I love Katie’s curated edits on Instagram of the latest trends using second hand items to demonstrate how to style yourself sustainably.
This is my favourite bricks & mortar preloved store based on the sea front in Brighton. Siobhan always has my fave Scandi brands plus unique designer pieces.
A beautifully curated edit of high street to high end brands at affordable prices. Complimented by a bricks and mortar store in East London.
What Lisa doesn’t know about fashion & vintage isn’t worth knowing! I worked with Lisa at M&S where she was the designer in my team, she’s super talented and uses her eye to source absolute gems!
Helen has a beautiful, feminine collection of unique pieces which help you create your own unique sense of style.
A more minimal aesthetic, perfect for building your capsule wardrobe with forever investment pieces.
A beautiful selection of elevated vintage and preloved pieces, with gorgeous denim always a staple. Jo is an ex high street fashion buyer so has a great eye.
An expert edit of vintage and preloved pieces that never hang around for long! Lots of my favourite premium brands to choose from.
If you'd like some help nailing your own signature style and using my expertise to identify what works for you. Plus filling the gaps in your wardrobe with sustainable pieces, whilst creating your dream capsule wardrobe, find out how you can work with me here...