I really don’t need to preface this as many of you already know, but The Real Real is hands-down my favorite place to shop. So much so, that I’ve been asked several times on help navigating the site. Without further ado, a few thoughts and words following my video on my most recent seasonal haul.
Having a super curious thought-process has to be the driving force of a successful time on The Real Real (or any grab bag of uncurated goods). The innate urge to probe the search engine with your imagination will guide you through a welcomed rabbit-hole that eventually leads to a discovery. That is the high of shopping on this site. Aside from the trendy conversations of consumerism, sustainability, better choices, ya-dee-yah that consignment shopping is great for, it just gives you the room to explore your style without a filter. Because there is none. You literally have to create your own to find what you love.
With that, I know it’s still a daunting ride.
And unless it’s a muscle you’ve practiced in the past through thrift shops or eBay searching, it’s only one that you can continue to play around with until suddenly, it clicks. The process is almost so intuitively based that it’s difficult to write out in actualized actions, but I promise over time, not instantly (let’s get over the whole, “I want to instantly obtain skill sets”, please?), you’ll be able to train your eye to curate for yourself. But till then, just keep playing. Shopping online through these unfiltered spaces is a great way to practice what you want and not what companies merchandise for you to buy.
Dries van Noten is one of my favorite searches as it’s one of the only houses that have stayed so true to its core identity and never wavered to the trends of society. I appreciate that and I want to collect it.
As for the latter, I’ve been needing a beautiful, long trench to throw over in these forgiving, chilly LA spring evenings. So the rabbit hole I went down was literally going through every single page of knee-length coats (filtered with my size of course so it’s less overwhelming), until I stumbled on this jacket.
Wishing you guys the best of luck through all your searches! Since I was spoiled by The Real Real, I am stocked for all of spring and summer and can safely share my (still) Obsessions. But I can’t link it, and nor would I want to. But here are a few things that are on my radar and maybe I’d might the bullet if one of you guys don’t buy it.
I feel as though I need to illustrate my filter, but when I look at brands I like: Celine, Prada, Dries Van Noten… there’s obviously a lot to look at. I can’t stress enough how important the filter tool is. IT IS YOUR FRIEND. This is what my page looks like when I’m looking at Celine. Sorted from ‘low to high’, filtered my shoe size AND clothing size, so I can see everything that would possibly fit me in one swoop.