Vestiaire Collective was launched in 2009 by Fanny Moizant and quickly became every fashionistas best friend, conceived on the basis of the need to extend the lifespan of beautiful pieces that for whatever reason, we simply just don’t wear anymore. Renowned for its careful curation and authenticity control, not only is it a place to buy and sell pre-loved designer goods and vintage, but is also an opportunity to contribute to the circular economy and allows people to consider a more sustainable approach to fashion.
When it comes to being more sustainable with your wardrobe, there are a few key areas that can be easily done and are incredibly effective, whether this be renewing the pieces you already have or buying vintage. We spoke to Vestiaire Collective, to get the practical tips you need to master ways to extend the life of your wardrobe.
A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO RESELLING
Love and care for your clothes: Wear clothes that express your personal style and that make you feel confident and ready to kick ass every day. Prolong the lifespan of your garments by taking good care of them: store them the right way, follow laundry instructions, avoid the dryer, you know the drill! All of this not only ensures your clothes look their best while you wear them, but it also retains their value.
Know when it’s time to say goodbye: Your style has changed, your body has changed, you’re just no longer feeling it: Whatever the reason, once you find yourself no longer reaching for that dress, pair of jeans or handbag, it’s time to let go! As a rule of thumb, if you haven’t worn an item in the past year, the chances are pretty slim that you’ll suddenly want to start wearing it again any time soon.
Restock your wardrobe with preloved clothes: Complete the circle by filling any gaps in your wardrobe with pre-loved clothes instead of buying new. Not only will you be doing your wallet a favour but also the environment. Because every pound invested wisely is a step towards less waste, less water pollution, and fewer Co2 emissions.
Find a new home for those pieces by reselling: Just because you are over an item, doesn’t mean someone else won’t love it. So, find a new home for your used-to-be-but-no-longer favourites by reselling them to a fellow fashion lover. Recoup your investment AND keep your clothes from becoming landfill – it’s a win-win situation!
A PRACTICAL GUIDE TO BUYING PRE-OWNED
Assert your individual style by mixing pre-owned fashion with strong ‘of the moment’ pieces is a great way to be on trend, while asserting your own personal style.
Buy Vintage - vintage pieces are the perfect way to ensure your look is personal, why not search for the original contemporary vintage style of current catwalk pieces such as the Dior Saddle bag and the Fendi Baguette.
Negotiate a good price - secure a great deal through the make me an offer button. If an item has been available for a couple of weeks the seller may be more willing to negotiate.
Act fast - desirable pieces can sell within a matter of minutes and sometimes seconds. When it comes to pre-owned, everything is a one-off so don’t hang around - if you love it, buy it.
Manage a rotating wardrobe to keep up with current trends, invest in a micro-trend piece to wear over a season and sell on while the demand is still there.
Invest wisely - buy classic styles as these will always stand the test of time, globally recognised luxury brands perform well at resale and hold their value well if you decide to resell at a later date.
Do your research - read the descriptions carefully and go through each picture, pay extra attention to the measurement details of vintage items as sizes don’t always correspond to the sizes we know today.
Shop from a trusted source to guarantee the item you are purchasing is authentic and will match the description noted online.
Head to vestiairecollective.com to browse some of their pieces whether you are buying or selling and don’t hesitate to get in touch should your item need a little extra loving before you sell it, or once you buy for a little refreshing.