The Joys and Perils Of Online [Used] Clothes Shopping

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A guide on how to maximise the successful purchases and minimise the bad luck.

Online clothes shopping could be a risky business from a regular store, let alone from a thrift virtual store. Or so the saying goes. Yes and no. There’s nothing that different buying between buying new and used clothes online. The difference between buying used clothes online and offline even tilts in favour of online shopping. Here is why:

I. Joy: Choice is great in an average thrift shop than in the average department store.

Yes, it is. You can see in a single thrift shop more variety than in a huge department store of items. The same holds true for an online used clothes marketplace.

II. Joy: Hidden Treasures

Searching for a given item that is not among current fashion trends is a lost cause in a standard online or offline store. Say you’ve fallen in love with a white top on black dots that you’ve seen on an add for washing soap? Chances are much greater you’ll find something similar and much faster in a thrift online/offline shop.

The second point is obvious – thrift shops are full of items that cost a fraction of the price because their previous owners just want to see them out of the house. That is even more frequent in online thrift shops because they are typically used by busy people, who value time over money and are ready to sell an item cheaply just to do it fast.

III. Peril: Thrifting takes time.

Well, online thrifting is much faster and efficient. A good website will provide quality search and filters for size, color, condition. Usually you can see all items of a given seller and even follow them if they have taste similar to yours. Show us a physical thrift shop which can boast that!

IV. Joy of physical shopping: You can try on clothes.

Well, here whether you are buying new or used clothes online it doesn’t make a difference – you are still left to wonder if the size is ok. Well, buying online from a proper thrift shop would provide you with a way to contact the seller – a huge advantage compared to physical thrifting. They can not only answer questions and provide measures. You can see their seller review and other items, which they sell so you can get an idea what kind of wardrobe the person has. A clever seller would most probably have taken pictures of the item on them and you can judge their body shape and compare to yours.

V. Peril: You dont get the item immediately.

Yes, true. But patience is a huge virtue and waiting for a treasured item to arrive makes the joy of the purchase last longer. Besides, as frequent online shoppers, we can share you that you get used to the waiting and your mind adjusts to the thought that it will take some time before the purchase arrives. Recently, sellers have been really fast to sell items, postal services are quite cheap and reliable and usually quite fast.

At the bottom line we can say that online thrifting can be even more successful, faster and full of bargains that its offline counterpart and surely more than both online and offline purchases from regular stores. Enjoy it!

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Colours of Spring 2016: Lavender Gray

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Lavender gray is one of the trendy colours this season. Since it is not a conventional colour, we want to present you a few ideas how to combine it.

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Lavender gray

I. The classic – black and white.

It goes without saying that with black and white, as well with jeans, you can wear anything.

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Lavender with black and white: a classic combination.

II. Pastel mint.

A beautiful combination, soft and trendy. Lila, gray and mint go well together and this one complements ladies with any skin colour.

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III. Beige.

Choose beige with caution – it has to be the cold beige tone, rather than the sunny variety that mixes red and orange.

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IV. Light gray.

They go together lovely, since they are both a variety of gray.

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V. Dark purple.

A dramatic color combination for mature looks. Here you bring more colour than with any of the above suggestions. Dark purple is a strong colour and in combination with lavender gray creates an outfit that can make a lasting impression.

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Some of our items that go well with lavender green:

Light Gray Skinny Jeans

Silk Napapijri Shirt

Beige Trousers

Stay stylish, happy and never forget the best thing you can wear is a smile!

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Dressing According to Your Body Shape

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Most of us plan an outfit on what we like rather than on what we should. And so we should 🙂 Dressing must be pleasurable, after all. Still, being  aware of your body shape and knowing just a few simple guidelines will help you look better (if there’s room for improvement 😉

The general guideline is to create a proportional silhouette by hiding what should be hidden (excess curves, wider parts e.g. bride shoulders, thick legs)  and trying to create volume where it lacks.

Let’s start – head to toes 🙂

1. Shoulders.

Too wide shoulders – hide them with simple, elegant tops, a single color is best. If they are too muscular avoid French-line (boat) dĂ©colletĂ©s or deep  cut tops, which will only bring the attention to where it’s not welcome. Shirts are a good choice, vertical stripes as well.

Too narrow shoulders – compliment them with scarves, thrills, business jackets – every piece that creates volume where it lacks. Avoid exposing them  in open line tops that will only earn you sympathetic gazes. Horizontal stripes create the illusion of width so you can make use of them. T-shirts  with collar and shape are a good choice as well.

2. Chest

Too large breasts – wear a good bra, no pads and make clever use of loose, yet well-cut, elegant clothing. Free falling tops, straight shirts, flower  or colour patterns, romantic, free-falling dresses.

Small breasts – use a padded or push-up bra and choose tops, which does not stick to your body. Generally avoid clothes with prints or decorations at  the front, which gather the attention. Simple, even nude colors or uniform patterns are preferable. Thrills create volume.

3. Waist

If you have a wide waist, use thin belts to make it look smaller. If your waist is small, on the other hand – emphasize it with large tight belts,  high-waist trousers and skirts, tight dresses.

If you carry more weight around the waist than you should, hide it with jackets, cardigans, straight-cut dresses, pencil skirts, especially long  ones. Emphasize your other assets like beautiful shoulders or thin legs.

4. Legs

Needles to say, if you are a lucky owner of thin and long legs you should show them to the world in shorts, skirts, mini dresses etc. For the rest of us, here are some tricks:

Sporty, muscular legs – straight or even skinny jeans that stress the line but not the bare details are great. Don’t opt for short skirts/ dresses,  and if you do use dark hosiery and heels, especially thin ones. Maxi skirts and dresses on the other hand are great.

Too well developed calves, yet thin and elegant hips – hide the lower part in tall boots – now you can do that all season long with summer boots as  well. Maxi skirts of mesh or other concealing material are a good choice. Pencil skirts and straight-leg jeans should have a place in your wardrobe!

Thick legs – your preferred clothing are pencil skirts, long dresses, broad trousers. Wear heels, if possible.

Below we offer you a selection of our items, which may well be used in creating your perfect image:

White & Light Blue Scarf

White Leather Belt

Black Business Jacket

Of course, you are welcome to join UBYDesign and add your own fashion items for sale, swap or give away.

Fashion Trends: Suede

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Suede is still at the runaway and we are pleased by the fact! It is a great fabric and is a pleasure to wear – both on feet as well on the rest of the body. Keep in mind, though, that suede requires special care. Don’t frown, with UByDesign tips and a bit of practice, you will learn quickly how to make most of your suede garments.

1. Before you wear it: For shoes, spray with a protective spray (can be purchased in shoe stores). For both garments and shoes – mind the weather before opting for suede. If it’s damp, rainy or wet you’d better leave it at home. Suede does not like water.

2. Spilled liquids: if you spill a liquid be fast to dampen it with a clean towel, handkerchief or whatever you have in hand. Don’t let it soak, if possible.

3. For dirt – remove the dirt carefully, when the fabric is totally dry. Use a special suede brush or a soft tooth brush. Brush in the direction of the fabric.

4. Stains: clean the stains carefully first with rubber. If it doesn’t help try white, clear vinegar – use a little. If that’s not enough opt for a suede cleaner. When this fails your only option left (other than sighing deeply) is professional cleaning service.

5. Store: Garments crumple and are [almost] impossible to iron, so you’d better store them flat. Pay attention that suede is a type of leather so think twice before hanging them – they might stretch and deform. For shoes – use hard paper, paper rolls or any other white material to store while maintaining heir shape. Don’t use printed/colour paper like newspapers – they will leave stains and then… you know 🙂

Take care of your suede, wear it with pleasure and a smile!

Currently at UByDesign you can buy:

Brown Suede Jacket

Mexx Suede Skirt

Beige Suede Boots

You are welcome to join in and upload your own redundant suede items for sale or swap here.

It doesn’t cost anything.

Time For Love

With Valentine’s Day approaching fast, here are some of our hottest suggestion for the day (and night) dedicated to love:

Black Lace Gloves

Black & Pink Sheer Mesh Top

Red & Black Sheer Mesh Body

Black and Red Garter

Black Lace String Thong

Sheer Mesh Cream Lingerie

White Lace Corsage

And of course more on UByDesign.net – the place where stylish people worldwide exchange items and ideas.