The idea of shopping preloved or secondhand isn’t something new. Actually, these days it’s more popular than ever. Whether you’re concerned over spending smart in the time of the pandemic, or growing an interest in fashion sustainability, the resale market is predicted to overtake fast fashion by the end of the decade! Can you believe that? Fashion will finally be able to breathe again.
However, despite the exciting news, there are still common misconceptions and myths on preloved shopping that keeps some of us at bay. We’re listing 5 of the most popular myths, and diving in to debunk them with good ol’ facts:
“The items are pretty worn out and in poor quality”
One of the most common misconceptions, indeed. Preloved items may come in less-than-perfect conditions, but that also means they were very well-loved! It also depends on where you shop your secondhand goods from. When you shop from a classifieds marketplace like eBay or Carousell, you might get items of varying condition standards, sold by a portal of different sellers and merchants.
At Style Theory, we curate high quality items that have proven to stand through the test of time of repeated washes and wear. We take care to list the conditions of our items, from pristine, like-new to fair, with items labeled as ‘fair’ having only small fixable defects.
We try to be as transparent as possible when it comes to the condition of the items, with clear condition labels stated in each product description to make preloved shopping more comfortable for you. After all, who would want the shock of receiving an item in an unexpectedly bad condition?
Myth #1 “The styles are outdated”
While the fact of that matter is that most items offered on resale platforms, including Style Theory’s, are from a few seasons back, many preloved shoppers actually opt to shop preloved for the thrill of finding hidden gems and unique, memorable items you can no longer find at the store. A study by Farfetch, has also stated that one of the top reasons people shop preloved is to find rare items.
Trends tend to repeat themselves, too. Besides, trends have become saturated ever since the presence of social media and influencers, that they are merely just another idea or inspiration. So, instead of using trends as a deciding factor to splurge on what’s new, why not use it as an inspiration to renew your excitement in old-but-gold classics? Invest in timeless pieces and designs that will stand the test of time. Remember, the mark of a good purchase is one that lasts a long time.
Myth #2 “The item’s authenticity is questionable”
When it comes to shopping for preloved luxury items that come at a fraction of the retail price, it’s totally normal for you to be wary of the authenticity and legitimacy of it. When you’re shopping online, trust and transparency matter all the more. Rest assured, any preloved items that you buy from Style Theory have been authenticated to a 99.9% accuracy, thanks to our in-house team of experts, and state-of-the-art authentication technology, Entrupy.
For tips on spotting counterfeited items you can see here.
Myth #3 “It’s hard to find the items that you like in the right size”
The thing about finding hidden gems when shopping preloved is that they often come in a limited size. But, that’s not the case when you’re shopping from our resale platform. The items that are available in our beloved Infinite Wardrobe for you to shop, come in multiple sizes that you can choose from and a size guide that makes it easier for you to find the one that fits you.
Myth #4 “The browsing process is overwhelming”
Have you ever dug through racks upon racks, or scrolled endlessly through thousands of styles, only to find nothing? It’s exhausting, we know. And in fact, that is one of the common misconceptions about thrifting. But at Style Theory, we make treasure hunting preloved items easier for you. With simple filters, you can find items by color, size, brands, and even the conditions the items are in!
Now that the myths and misconceptions have been busted, hope it can give you a better picture of how preloved shopping truly is and eliminate any doubt you’ve had before. So, are you ready to join the fashion revolution and buy better with preloved?
Head over to our shop and discover unique finds from our collection of designers such as Chanel, Louis Vuitton, Celine, Keepsake, Finders Keepers, and more at up to 85% off!
Written by: Aisya Putri