Photography: Luciano Munhoz
I started developing a penchant for designer fashion when I was around 20 and started earing my own money after doing a summer internship while at university. It was the first time I was earning my own money and was learning how to organise my finances. From this moment I decided I wanted to try and save up to buy less but better things and build out my luxury collection, but like everyone else I have made a few mistakes and also learnt some valuable lessons along the way. In this post, I want to share with you my top tips for not only building out your luxury collection into one you truly love and use, but also how to shop for luxury without an eye-watering budget and how to let go when you have outgrown the pieces in your wardrobe.
1. CONTROL YOUR IMPULSES
2. DON’T HOARD
If returning is no longer an option, it is still important that you identify what pieces you are no longer wearing. At least once a year I like to do a wardrobe declutter and go through everything I have to see whether I am wearing it and still loving it, whether I have forgotten about but do still love it or whether it simply just doesn’t fit my body or style any longer. We all know about the 3 pile system (keep, maybe, give away) but I have found that the ‘maybe’ pile can become pretty large in most cases, so you have to be a little ruthless. If you haven’t worn something for the past year, unless its because you simply forgot you owned it, then you probably you are never going to wear it again so it can find a better home, which takes me on to my next point.
3. GIVE YOUR UNDER LOVED PIECES A NEW HOME
If you are someone who changes style often and quickly get bored of the pieces in your wardrobe, then this can be the perfect solution to own a luxury which is always current and in line with your style at that particular point in time. Usually, if you are looking to re-sell items I would advise you go for classic pieces that never go out of style as opposed to very extreme trend based pieces, as if you try to sell something like the Balenciaga Knife Boots in 5 years time, there might be no takers. My style is usually quite classic so I have never had trouble re-selling old pieces when I fancy a bit of an upgrade and I have found the easiest items to shift are handbags, given they are not size specific, and this just happens to work out perfectly for me given the love I have for these.
I have used a few different websites to re-sell pre-loved items but my favourite so far has been Vestiare Collective. They are super efficient and the process is very easy and stress-free. When it comes to re-selling your items on their site all you will need to do is post some photographs of the item, there is a guide as to what angles you need, write a description and add a price (which is always reviewed by Vestiare to see if it’s appropriate) and that’s it! As soon as the item is sold you will need to post it in to Vestiare using their complimentary service and then just wait to receive your payment, from which they cut a commission, although you know this from the second you list your item as they very clearly state what percentage of the sale will be for yourself.
3. BE SPEND SAVVY
You can purchase both pieces that are brand new and in mint condition at 1/3 of the original price, or you can purchase some vintage or lightly used items. However, no matter what you decide to purchase you will always know exactly the condition it is in, as the team at Vestiare are extremely thorough and have very high standards when it comes to rating items. The website is also very user-friendly and you can interact with the seller by asking any questions you may have, reading what others have asked and even bidding for the item if the price given by the seller is a little out of your budget. My only gripe with their service is that delivery can take quite a while. The seller first needs to send in their goods to Vestiare, it then gets authenticated and finally its posted to you, which means all in all it can take over 3 weeks, but if you want to build out your designer wardrobe but don’t want to spend a fortune on each item it’s a fantastic tool to use and worth the wait.