As the demographic of the luxury customer shifts, it makes sense that the shopping method does too. As streetwear and luxury merge, so do the customer bases, opening the gates for a younger, more savvy customer who, in general, doesn’t see the point in buying to keep. On top of this, a new focus on the effects of our consumerism on the environment contributes to the conversation, too. Moving to a more circular method when it comes to fashion is more than possible: it’s happening right now and a handful of resale fashion websites are leading the charge.

Fashion’s changing fast, and one of the central causes is a shift from the traditional fashion calendar to a more regular, limited drop system. Not only does this raise desirability and exclusivity for the labels themselves, but it has also created an aftermarket for sold-out, pre-loved pieces. Resale fashion websites have facilitated this move, connecting users or stocking the products themselves and often providing authenticity checks, but it’s important to know where to shop so we’ve rounded up the best resale fashion websites on the net.

Browse the best resale fashion websites below.

eBay

Site: eBay

Physical Locations: Online only

Instagram: @ebay

Editor’s Notes: Founded in 1995 and the biggest online marketplace in the world, eBay is the godfather of all resale websites. While it may not specialize in streetwear or luxury fashion, its sheer size and popularity make it an essential online shopping destination; with over 182 million users, you're fairly likely to find whatever you're looking for on eBay.

Recently, though, eBay has begun to offer authentication services for all new YEEZY and Jordan listings above $150. This move is a sure sign of eBay's intention to take the world of aftermarket fashion seriously and position itself as one of the specialist resale websites.

Vestiaire Collective

Site: Vestiaire Collective

Physical Locations: Online only

Instagram: @vestiaireco

Editor’s Notes: Vestiaire Collective is unusual in its setup: while it is a user-to-user marketplace, the site maintains its luxury aesthetic by selecting which listings are permitted on site and which don't cut the mustard. It's this level of curation that sets Vestiaire Collective apart from the rest of the big resale websites. Due to the higher standards in listings, every item is sent first to the Vestiaire Collective HQ to be authenticated before being sent on to its recipient.

This Parisian site epitomizes the shift in the luxury landscape. While there's no reduction in the value placed on luxury items — shown by Vestiaire Collective's curation and authentication process — the understanding that these pieces can and should have a longer, recycled lifespan will shape the coming years of luxury fashion without a doubt.

The RealReal

Site: The Real Real

Physical Locations: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco

Instagram: @therealreal

Editor’s Notes: Starting life in 2009 at Julie Wainwright's kitchen table, The RealReal used to consist of Wainwright visiting consignors with a U-Haul truck. In 2020, The RealReal is one of the most highly respected resale websites that exists with four physical locations and ten luxury consignment offices across the US.

Everything from fashion to watches and even home decor passes through The RealReal, and it all goes through rigorous authentication processes before being sold. Perhaps most impressive about this site is that since 2011 it has calculated its environmental impact and the numbers don't lie: 756 million liters of water and 16,105 metric tons of carbon have been saved by shopping circular through The Real Real.

Grailed

Site: Grailed

Physical Locations: Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco

Instagram: @grailed

Editor’s Notes: You might have heard of Grailed after it hit headlines in 2018 for being the platform on which a user bought an 18-year-old Raf Simons bomber jacket for $47,000. That should give you a vague idea as to the calibre of second-hand, aftermarket garments that line the virtual aisles of Grailed.

Founded in 2014, Grailed is one of the most highly curated resale fashion websites around. Each item is assessed by the team before being sorted into one of three categories: Grailed, Hype, or Basics. This makes sorting through the thousands of rare pieces on the site a streamlined, rapid experience which can, evidently, uncover some serious treasure.

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