The Fashion Girl’s Secret to Lowering Cost Per Wear
Do you ever wonder how bloggers and fashion editors afford closets full of Chanel, Louis Vuitton and Céline? Sure there are perks that go along with those jobs in the form of gifted items and first dibs on runway pieces, but there’s another reason these industry insiders are dressed head-to-toe in the latest collections: they’re very savvy shoppers. They know they can score lightly used designer pieces for a fraction of the retail price, consign them when they’re ready for something new, and use their earnings toward their next update, opening up a world of closet possibilities that wouldn’t be sustainable if they paid full price.
And speaking of sustainable, not only does this method of shopping let your previously loved items find appreciation in a new home, it also cuts down on your carbon footprint, saving items from landfills and eliminating the need to manufacture new materials. Read on to find out the real cost of buying four closet staples along with smart shopping tips from our editors.
“This Kelly bag will hold its value even after being worn for a few years, as long it’s kept in great condition,” says Women’s Category Director Sasha Skoda. Hermès handbags will always be in demand and hold great resale value because the distribution is so limited. They are highly covetable — both for their beauty and their craftsmanship!”
“These Christian Dior So Real sunglasses are everywhere right now — they are super iconic to Dior, and have a great, original silhouette,” says Skoda. “Dior distribution is also relatively limited — they don’t currently sell through their website, and this style has been sold out at many other retailers. Sunglasses are a great item to buy on consignment as wear is usually very minimal.”
“The strong resale value of the Cartier Tank Solo watch is a testament to the superior craftsmanship, quality materials, and timeless appeal of this classic piece,” says Senior Merchandise Manager Trish Stevens. “It’s a no-brainer to buy such a beautiful, high-quality item and wear it for a few years until you crave something new. With gentle use, you should be able to get close to a full return on your investment!”
“I absolutely love these heels and the different ways I see everyone wearing them, from colleagues in our TRR offices to Leandra Medine from Man Repeller — everyone has their own take on how to style these classic heels,” says Skoda. “This is a great heel to invest in this season, as Chanel always holds its value in the resale market. This style is so timeless they will always be in demand!”
Ready to start shopping like an insider? Start your first consignment today!