Open your wardrobe now. Do you feel stressed looking at the overflowing state of your closet accumulated over years of shopping? To aid you in the quest of cleaning your wardrobe out and selling pieces that you won’t wear anymore, we’ve tapped on local fashion influencer, content creator and TV personality Mae Tan.
The 25-year-old is also an environmental activist and has the chops to prove it. Despite her walk-in wardrobe full of the latest fashion releases, Mae actively tries to reduce her carbon footprint. For one, she goes about her day with reusable bags and a personal water bottle to reduce plastic consumption.
In the realm of fashion, her number one rule is Refuse – the first of the 5Rs.
“Always bear in mind that the fashion season changes after six months, and there’ll always be something new to purchase, or a latest collaboration to cop,” she explains. “Refusing these temptations will help you focus on purchasing classic and valuable pieces that can last for a lifetime.”
Mae’s best tips to selling your pre-loved clothes online:
Recently, Mae has also been involved in the Wardrobe Reality Challenge by Vestiaire Collective (VC) to sell past items and scale down her wardrobe.
“It’s a great opportunity that gives me a reality check on being a former fashion victim and to realise a change in my life,” she says. “I’m clearing my wardrobe and letting go of things that, I believe, will help me find the beauty in [consuming] less.”
One of the biggest positives of employing VC is that you don’t need physical contact to sell your preloved items – perfect for limiting social interactions during a time of social distancing. When the item is sold, just attach the shopping labels and invoices provided by VC and arrange for a courier to pick up and deliver for you. Everything else, from the handling to the authentication and payout, will be updated on your profile page.
With more spare time now that you’re home all day, or perhaps the cleaning bug has bitten, it is now an opportune time to be more environmentally conscious and earn some coins at the side. First up: cleaning out your closet and practise circular fashion.
Below, Mae shares five tips to get you started on selling your items on VC.