This season, you're trying to be a little more conscious of how you spend your money on wearables — and also of how much you consume. While pairing back would be a wise decision, it's not a crime if you want to keep shopping. A good compromise? Shop for vintage. Buying it in person is cool, but you really can't beat the ease and sheer selection you have when browsing online. There are plenty of sites out there offering to quench your second hand clothing thirst, but do you know the best sites to connect to? See below for our breakdown — you'll be appeased whether you're looking for museum-quality Hermes or wear-everyday Gap.
Luxe: The Real Real
A members-only site dedicated to high-end pieces, you can certainly find a bargain here if you're willing to spend a little more. The site regularly features both established and sought-after brands like Chanel, Prada and Hermes, as well as less-expected (but still crave-worthy) brands like Rag & Bone and Alex Wang.
The Real Real takes the time to group its offerings in ways that help to lure you to the site — like grouping together pastels or florals or work-appropriate gear, which can give it a nice stylized, editorial feel. Prices fluctuate but there are definitely some deals to be had — like Etoile Isabel Marant dresses for $145, Chanel sandals for $225, an embroidered Stella McCartney top for $95. They've also recently started selling art, too, so if you're in the market for color/texture for your home's bland walls, look no further.
Luxe: LXR & Co.
LXR & Co. also focuses on luxury, but it's mainly an accessories purview. This is the site you'll want to visit to shop for Céline luggage bags ($1,995 for a nano, $2,795 for a phantom), classic Chanel flap bags (just shy of $4K) and tons of great Louis Vuitton, whether you prefer your handbags logoed or not. Itching for Hermes? Great — there's a dedicated brand section, and you'll find anything from a red Birkin 30 (for $14,995) to a black Constance (for $5,495.) Not only handbags, you'll also find luxe jewelry — classics and vintage novelties from Hermes and Chanel alike.
For Cool Kids: Vaunte
Wishing you could shop the closets of your favorite fashion personalities? Well, Vaunte's made it a reality. Go on the site, choose an insider — from shop owners to stylists and more — and go wild. It's a mixed bag of what you'll find in each "closet" — as the personal styles vary, so do the brand offerings — but it's fun to browse. Some examples? A Raquel Allegra sleeveless button-up for $90, a cool Kenzo jacket for $270, Proenza Schouler flats for $280. You can go through the separate closets or shop by brand/type — the latter is a bit more realistic but less fun.
High and Low: Twice
Looking for rock-bottom prices and everyday brands? Twice might be more your speed. Think: Gap tees for under $15, J.Crew tunics for $33, a romantic Joie dress for $60. There are some higher-end designers thrown into the mix, like Michael Kors (a neat black halter dress goes for $310) and 3.1 Phillip Lim (a plaid top is selling for $51), but that's less of a focus. It's got less of a curated feel than some of the other sites but what it lacks in polish it makes up for in pricing and selection.
Your Everyday: Threadflip
Threadflip kind of toes the line between everyday brands and luxury. The site features both great prices for cool indie brands (a Zadig & Voltaire dress for $109) and your regular go-tos (a peplum faux leather frock from H&M is selling for $27). There's an exhaustive amount of goods here — everything from booties to brooches — but your browsing time will be well rewarded.
Anything Goes: Etsy
Etsy is not just the ultimate handmade marketplace with a great arts and crafts feel — it's also an invaluable vintage source. The sheer number of sellers — and ease of searching for exactly what you want (or what you never knew you needed) — means you'll find just the piece. Prices range from rock-bottom to straight-up crazy, and designer labels can be found, though authentication can't really be verified. Shop at your own risk but browse often!
The Old Standby: eBay
Ah, the thrill, the rush of eBay shopping — it can't be beat. eBay has a few advantages over all the other resale sites, and it has a few disadvantages, too. It rules because you're able to search for any random old brand (like something super up-and-coming) or random designer piece and you just might find it. You can also set up alerts to be notified when a new piece from your favorite designers go up for sale. The downsides? Bidding, of course — it sucks to lose out at the last minute (or pay a crazy bid-influenced inflated price) but sometimes that means that the prices start out super low to begin with, a real coup. eBay also means you're gambling with the authenticity of pieces, so be careful what you buy if you're looking to go luxury designer, like Chanel or Louis Vuitton.