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Give it a Second Life: The Best Places to Find Used Plus Size Clothing

by Tina Kozu
April 17, 2020
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If you’re like us, you’re always on a budget. Whether it’s penny-pinching to be able to afford everything for our excessive skincare routine (yikes!) or trying to save a few dollars here and there so that we can afford to treat ourselves to a latte on occasion, keeping to a budget is one of the ways we keep ourselves sane.

And one of the best ways to keep up with the latest trends and styles from our favorite designers without it costing an arm and a leg is through purchasing used clothing. Not your average day-spent-thrifting, plus sized used clothing can now be found from the comfort of your own home via online shopping and even phone apps!

Not only is this practice super budget friendly, but also, it’s highly sustainable! Rather than contributing to the production of masses of new clothing, you’re giving something that already exists a second life in your closet.

Ready to get started? Keep reading for some of our favorite places to score used plus size clothing.

SWAP.COM

If you’re a gal who’s on a tight budget but likes to treat herself to something new here and there, Swap.com is totally the place for you. This online retail space allows women around the world to send in their gently used clothing for resale. It is then carefully inspected, cleaned and put up for resale online. They have a totally fabulous collection of used plus size clothing, ranging from fast fashion to high end.

And the best part? You can score free shipping with a $60 purchase and everything is free to return within 30 days if you’re not 100% satisfied. It’s like no-strings-attached shopping!

OUR FAVORITE FINDS:

THE LAUNDRY BY DESIGN DRESS

THE LAUNDRY BY DESIGN DRESS

So sleek and sexy – this baby is perfect for killing at work, breaking hearts and so much more.

SHOP IT:
Swap.com Laundry by Design Dress – $26.00

THE MISSMAY EMERALD DRESS

THE MISSMAY EMERALD DRESS

Lace paneling, a cinched waist AND a gorgeous green color? This baby is absolutely made for us.

SHOP IT:
Swap.com MissMay Dress – $25.00

THE KABAYARE ROBE

THE KABAYARE ROBE

Don’t talk to me or my son ever again (said with cocktail in hand).

SHOP IT:
Swap.com Kabayare Robe – $30.00

THREDUP

If you’re an avid podcast fan or spend any time streaming videos online, no doubt you’ve encountered many ads for ThredUp. This online retailer offers gently used and vintage clothing from around the world for resale, all in their super easy-to-navigate online retail space. With options to buy or to sell, you can even make a little money here, too.

OUR FAVORITE FINDS:

THE LAUREN BY RALPH LAUREN SHIRT DRESS

THE LAUREN BY RALPH LAUREN SHIRT DRESS

Perfect for work (and for play). We are totally head over heels for this bold black and white number.

SHOP IT:
ThredUp Lauren by Ralph Lauren Casual Shirt Dress – $69.99

THE SELF ESTEEM FAUX FUR VEST

THE SELF ESTEEM FAUX FUR VEST

This vest is giving us major boho-glam vibes and we need it ASAP.

SHOP IT:
ThredUp Self Esteem Faux Fur Vest – $11.99

THE WHO WHAT WEAR CROPPED JEANS

THE WHO WHAT WEAR CROPPED JEANS

We absolutely adore a great cropped flare jean, especially one in a flattering dark wash.

SHOP IT:
ThredUp WhoWhatWear Cropped Flare Jean – $12.99

THE REALREAL

OUR FAVORITE FINDS:

THE YVES SAINT LAUREN WOOL PANTSUIT

THE YVES SAINT LAUREN WOOL PANTSUIT

Want to look like a real boss babe at work? This YSL wool suit will totally get you there.

SHOP IT:
The RealReal Yves St. Laurent Wool Pantsuit – $395.00

THE SAINT JOHN SEQUINED EVENING GOWN

THE SAINT JOHN SEQUINED EVENING GOWN

Ready to have all eyes on you? This sparkling evening gown will totally get you there in no time flat.

SHOP IT:
The RealReal Saint John Sequined Evening Gown – $385.00

THE SHAMASK LEATHER STRAIGHT LEG PANTS

THE SHAMASK LEATHER STRAIGHT LEG PANTS

We are totally down to wear leather pants for pretty much any occasion.

SHOP IT:
The RealReal Shamask Straight Leg Leather Pant – $275.00

TRADESY

Another favorite of ours to source must-have used plus size clothing is definitely Tradesy. This baby is a HUGE online marketplace where you can easily buy (and sell!) clothing from women all over the world. Their focus is primarily on designer clothing, which makes it perfect for the babe who wants something high fashion but with an affordable price tag.

Tradesy works much like your favorite online stores – you can browse by category, sort by size and even search by designer. Find what you want, throw it in your cart and get it all for a portion of what you’d pay for brand new clothing!

OUR FAVORITE FINDS:

THE LEVI’S DISTRESSED DENIM SKIRT

THE LEVI’S DISTRESSED DENIM SKIRT

Finding the perfect denim skirt is always a huge hassle – luckily, there’s this little number available now.

SHOP IT:
Tradesy Levi’s Distressed Denim Mini Skirt – $49.50

THE GUCCI PLAID WOOL BELTED COAT

THE GUCCI PLAID WOOL BELTED COAT

Girl – you’ll look totally Gucci in this Gucci jacket.

SHOP IT:
Tradesy Gucci Red/Brown Plaid Wool Belted Coat – $487.49

THE BALMAIN WHITE LOGO BUTTON EMBELLISHED TEE

THE BALMAIN WHITE LOGO BUTTON EMBELLISHED TEE

Get ready to capitalize on that logomania trend with this simple yet totally out there top.

SHOP IT:
Tradesy Balmain White Logo Button Embellished Tee Shirt – $420.00

MATERIAL WORLD

If you’re one of those people who loves getting a package in the mail (we totally are), Material World might just be the right pick for you. This unique subscription service offers monthly deliveries of five pre-owned designer pieces at a time for you to try for $29 a month. That’s right – try them on, wear them out, decide if you love them enough to keep them (and use that $29 towards your purchase!). Once you pick one (or all five) pieces to keep, you pick to purchase them and send back whatever you decide that you don’t want. And the next month, you get to do it all over again!

Each box is totally unique, curated by different stylists that Material World employs from around the world. They’ll help you find unique designer pieces that fit your unique sense of style and are in your specific sizes.

POSHMARK

If you’re really looking for a great price on used plus size clothing and are willing to take a chance on buying from other women rather than through verified websites, Poshmark is totally what you need. Both an app and an online store, this baby offers the ability for anyone and everyone to sell clothes, accessories, beauty supplies and more, all on one platform.

Simply sign up, input your typical sizes and get ready to get shopping. There are TONS of items to choose from and often multiple sellers showcasing the same item for different prices. There are also weekly sales in which shipping is discounted, which is fantastic for the girl who’s on a super strict budget.

One thing to note with Poshmark – everything is final sale, so it’s best to be familiar with your measurements and make sure that what you are buying fits with what you need.

RENT THE RUNWAY

That’s right – your favorite rental service does actually offer used plus size clothing! One of the ways that Rent the Runway keeps so many stylish pieces in rotation is by selling their gently used pieces at the end of each season in their ‘Online Sample Sale.’ This totally killer sale has everything from plus sized clothing to accessories and handbags for you to choose from. And the best part? You don’t even have to be a member to access it (although members do get first dibs).

Simply navigate to the ‘Online Sample Sale’ section on their website or app, input your sizes and other preferences and shop to your heart’s content. This section is updated fairly regularly, so it pays to play and go back to see what new things may have been added.

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