This year I have been trying to purchase less clothing and style the items I have across all the seasons rather than swapping my wardrobe over every summer and winter. I have never been someone that has bought excessive amounts of clothing, most of the things in my wardrobe have been there for 2 to 3 years. However, I’ve just had a big clear out so it was time for a refresh before I went on holiday.
Not having the biggest budget and being conscious of what fast fashion is doing to the planet, I headed for Depop.
I’ve bought from Depop a few times as it’s great for finding the next size up or some vintage pieces. It’s also been great for buying things that are slightly out of my comfort zone but a trend I’m wanting to try.
The first item I purchased was a co-ord set from Topshop that I wanted all last summer. I think every influencer had it but I just couldn’t afford it at the time. The skirt was £32 brand new and the top was £22. I managed to find the full outfit on Depop for £17 including the delivery. As you can see this is in perfect condition and although I might have had to wait a year I saved £37.
I then purchased an H&M pink plaid shirt because I absolutely loved the style of the Topshop skirt a white tee and this H&M shirt. This isn’t my normal size but I wanted the oversized look. This still had the tags on it and only cost me £7. Brand new it would have cost £17.99.
The next item I purchased was a playsuit originally from New Look. I owned this years ago but had outgrown it and gave it away. I barely got any wear of it when I owned it because I wasn’t sure how to style it once summer ended. However, I couldn’t resist when I saw it again. This is perfect with a white t shirt and stan smiths in the summer and for autumn/winter I’m planning on styling it with a black turtleneck, tights and boots. Originally I think this was around £25 and I paid £13 on Depop.
The last purchase I made was a denim jacket. I live in my denim jackets over summer, they are an absolute essential for a Scottish summer. Whilst having my clear out I got rid of my blue denim jackets as they were too small / not my style anymore. Although I have a black denim jacket I do love a blue one. This one was originally £35 from New Look and I paid £15.
All of these items combined had I bought them brand new should have cost £131. Buying them on Depop, most of them still with tags, it cost me £52.
Depop is slightly easier than heading to your local charity shop. You can scroll through in the comfort of your own home rather than traipsing around the high street. I’ve yet to have a problem with any sellers, everything has always arrived within a reasonable time and it’s all been in good condition.
So here are some of my tips for shopping on Depop:
Have an idea of what you want to purchase before you go on the app. If you go on without any idea, you’ll struggle to find things but you’ll also spend money on things you might not need. This time around I made a list of things I like to wear in Summer before going hunting for new clothes. I then liked the items on Depop and took a few days to decide whether I was going to make the purchase or not.
Before purchasing know what you are going to wear it with. Will it complete an outfit? Do you have anything in your wardrobe that it will match? If the answer is no then don’t buy it. If you can’t make a full outfit you’re probably not going to wear it.
Always check the seller’s reviews. I try to read most of the reviews before purchasing something. If the deal seems too good to be true then it probably is. For a little bit more security I pay using PayPal.
Check the seller’s returns policy. Most people on Depop don’t allow for returns so if you buy the wrong size or something doesn’t fit right you are out of money and left with the item of clothing. Personally, I’ve donated anything that didn’t cost too much and didn’t fit but other people just put the items on their own shops.
Do you shop on Depop? What’s your favourite thing you’ve bought second hand? Let me know in the comments!