My birthday is at the end of May and that's when I like to let loose and treat myself! Although I didn't want to go overboard and try to focus on items I will be loving and using. So I wrote a wish list and went on a hunt. I bought new things (beauty products for example are my downfall) and picked other items second hand. Preloved shopping is more time consuming than an Asos or Amazon haul but nothing beats the feeling of finding the perfect piece without the hefty price tag! Whilst I keep an eye on Ebay and other large Marketplaces, these giant platforms can sometimes feel a little intimidating or impersonal. Don't get me wrong they are fab for certain things, but my favourite way to shop preloved is through small independent online shops, just like Clémentine Loves. There is definitely something for everyone, from vintage to modern, budget to designer. Once you find a store you like it's easier to go back and check when new collections are released. I want to support other small businesses, and love finding out the stories of how the businesses came about! So I thought I'd share my current favourite preloved fashion shops. Second hand isn't the solution to all woes but if more people start to dip their toe into the preloved pond it will help. So whether it's here or on another site I hope you will find the preloved joy!
Starting with the pioneers...
@manifestowoman - their goal of 'making old stuff aspirational' is the essence of what preloved is about! They release amazing edits several times a week but you have to be quick. This is a one-stop shop with a selection for women, men and kids. I purchased several times from them for the whole family and have always been delighted. My favourite pieces include Star Wars swim shorts for my little boy and my Whistles army style shacket that can be thrown on to complement any outfit.
@onescoopstore - the lovely owner Holly unearths the best vintage, high street and designer gear, and she's just opened a brick and mortar shop in Stoke Newington - I'm aiming to pay a visit next time I venture up North London as I've never managed to 'score' anything online so far - fastest finger first
Other small resellers I love
@prelovedlondon - I love their curation of modern and feminine pieces and discovered a few gorgeous brands thanks to them. I've just received some amazing Vanessa Wu trainers and a dreamy lace blouse from them. They frequently pop up around Chelsea in London.
@millerandmoore - twice weekly Instagram 'drops' with natural fibres and a whole range of sizes beautifully modelled by owner Daisy.
@threadsbyjade - if you're in the market for trench coats and neutral classics this is the one for you. They also do pop-ups in the Brighton area.
If you're after a bit of luxury
@editsecondhand - the most incredible selection of designer goods, presented by the two owners Amy and Darcy who are just a joy to watch as they radiate such positive energy and always come up with the most entertaining reels and lives!
If you have babies or toddlers in your life you should definitely check these two out, there are so many gorgeous, barely worn gems as kids outgrow them too fast!
@pawsleypreloved - I'm in love with the aesthetics and the curated brands here: neutral tones, soft comfy fabrics. If you're in the Brighton area they also offer amazing pop-ups.
@bediddy - a vast selection of denim and vintage for super cool kids. Based in the Manchester area, they also have a shop / cafe with the clothes and lots of beautifully curated toys and accessories.
And for some sustainable style inspo
Below a few women I currently follow on Insta who I feel bring genuine value and inspiration from a fashion and sustainability stand point.
@annacascarina - a fashion editor and stylist with an inspiring minimalist style that campaigns to show you can wear whatever you like and be empowered by fashion whatever your age or size. I particularly look out for her capsule wardrobe selections that really help identify what's missing in my closet and how to make the most of existing clothes.
@alexandrastedman editor of @thefrugality - if anything I admire her beautifully put together style and lifestyle tips! How she balances new purchases with a love for her trusted old classics she wears year after year. Yummy food ideas too.
@dailydressedit by @isabelspearman - fabulous inspiration for sustainable dress brands with dreamy prints and exquisite shapes. She champions small businesses with limited production or tailor-made pieces and recently launched a pop-up creating 31 exclusive dresses together with small British brands.