Best Practices for Shopping #Revolved

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Are you new to #revolved clothing and #shopping revolved? We want to share some best practices for shopping revolved so you can snap up pieces and outfits you love.

First and foremost, what's #revolved clothing?  Revolved (adj.) is our upscale synonym for "secondhand" or "preowned" clothing. Secondhand clothes have an inconsistent reputation: some people think secondhand see vintage Levis and Lilly Pulitzer at 50% off. Others remember their last experience at Goodwill or at a vintage shop that gave off a weird vibe. When it comes to the intersection of technology and secondhand, many people volunteer the negative experience they had selling or shopping on Poshmark and felt like buying secondhand clothes online was more of a risk than it was worth.

We want to change that perception with #revolved. When we sell #revolved clothing at And We Evolve, we are selling new, like-new, or vintage clothing (in excellent condition).

More crutially, we want to change the perception around why people shop revolved: it's not necessarily to save money (although that's a nice perk).  It's because #revolved makes sense.  Virtually every woman has clothes in her closet that she no longer wears; virtually every woman would like to freshen up her wardrobe with some new looks!  Rather than encouraging a cycle where we drop bags at Goodwill and then buy new clothes, let's evolve.

Ready to #revolve your wardrobe? Great! Periodically, we'll update this series on Best Practices for Shopping #Revolved, so you can make your first few #revolved purchases confidently.

Here's the first and foremost guideline for shopping #revolved:

1. Know your sizes.

Have you ever seen the Insider Amy Schumer sketch where Amy is shopping, and the saleswoman asks her, "What size are you now?" Amy said, "I'm a four at Old Navy..."

"So an 8," the sales woman says.

What's endlessly puzzling is the arbitrary nature of designers' size charts.  A person could be a size 10 in a high-end designer brand like Diane Von Furstenberg or Kate Spade; an 8 at LOFT or a department store brand like Calvin Klein; and perhaps a 6 at Old Navy.

When you're shopping #revolved online at or in-person, you can increase your success rate by knowing your sizes, brand-by-brand. Consider what's in your closet and in your dresser drawers, and make note of how your size varies from brand-to-brand.

The next time you visit a department store, try on clothes from brands you admire that you wouldn't normally buy new, so you can find the best fit in their clothes. Then, peruse for that brand (or go back for the dress that you've been eyeing for a while).

Pants, button-down shirts, and heels are hard to buy online. But if Banana Republic trousers and a Brooks Brothers button-down blouse has been your go-to job interview outfit in the past, you can confidently shop these brands #revolved without wondering whether they'll fit.

Action item for building a #revolved wardrobe: define what brands you're looking for and know your sizes in those brands. Make a list of what you're looking for (i.e. Free People, Adrienne Vittadini, Levi's) and head to the mall just to try things on and research your size.