Everyone knows the feeling of frustration which comes when you can’t find the perfect item to go with your outfit. Searching for items that suit the things I already own is not a strong suit of mine. But I’m working on it. I’m great at buying things but very rarely think of what else it will match in my wardrobe. Meaning that I come to the ‘Crap, I have nothing that goes with this’ dilemma a lot.
The internet is a big place, which makes it easy to look for clothing. But there is so much choice online it’s kind of confusing where to start. That’s especially true if you’re brand new to the likes of Ebay or Depop (I personally dislike apps like Depop and Vinted but I’m a huge lover of Ebay). It’s Black Friday today, so inevitably some purchases are being made. Here are some tips on how to search for things this Black Friday that will compliment your pre-existing wardrobe.
Be Varied In Searches
To begin, it’s time to think about your resources. In most cases, it’s likely that you’ll have a clothing item in mind, and will be able to come up with a couple of phrases which sum it up. Finding some Christmas socks, for example, will be much easier if you have a good idea of what to search for. Google can be hard to use, especially without the right learning. So, before you start, it would be helpful to learn about the way a search engine produces its results.
I hate ordering things online and receiving it only to find out it’s a different material/texture than expected. Familiarising yourself with the materials in your wardrobe will make you avoid this mistake. And it’s just good practise if you’re in the fashion industry.
With Ebay I always find it super helpful to pop in something like a fabric in the Filter bar. It gives you specific items that are more in tune with exactly what you want. I hate ordering things online and receiving it only to find out it’s a different material/texture than expected. Familiarising yourself with the materials in your wardrobe will make you avoid this mistake. And it’s just good practise if you’re in the fashion industry.
Of course, although online shopping is very popular, a lot can still be said for going to a real store when you’re looking for clothing. Being able to try items on is much better than simply seeing photos. This will ensure that they fit, while also giving you the chance to test them with the outfit you have in mind. I tend to not buy from sites that don’t include videos of their clothing. ASOS has videos of the models walking in the clothing which I find super helpful as it gives you a better idea of how the clothes move on the body which is essential. After all, you gotta be able to move in your clothing.
Be Willing To Work
Websites like eBay can be surprisingly good for clothing. The bidding helps you save money, while also giving you the chance to try some options that aren’t widely available. If you have to collect an item in person, a company like Shiply could help you to get it delivered, avoiding collection in person. It can be worth working hard on Ebay to find a deal. I use the phrase ‘working hard’ because some sellers can be difficult to haggle with and sometimes you have to be super patient when waiting for a bid to end. Plus, there’s always the frustration of missing out on an item you really wanted.
I tend to not buy from sites that don’t include videos of their clothing. ASOS has videos of the models walking in the clothing which I find super helpful as it gives you a better idea of how the clothes move on the body which is essential.
Finding pieces for your wardrobe that work with your wardrobe in more ways than one is hard. Social media is by far the best place for ideas with what to buy that ties together a whole outfit, as it will give you the chance to see what loads of other people are doing with their clothing. Websites like Instagram and Pinterest are my favourite for inspo. I have a lot of blogger outfits bookmarked on Instagram because I love how they’ve styled their clothing. I also have Pinterest boards that are helping me with a shoot for my MA program!
Where do you go to find bits that suit your wardrobe? I always head over to Ebay to try to find some designer deals or try out vintage stores on Portobello Rd. Do you have any other bits of advice for finding items that can be used for a lot of pieces of clothing?