Looking to purchase designer fashion? Designer clothes, accessories, and shoes can often be a worthwhile investment, especially if you can pair excellent label with excellent quality and excellent price. One of the best and most affordable ways to get your hands on designer fashion is by buying preloved pieces.
While we love to encourage second-hand shopping on Reliked, some pieces are a better investment than others. In this guide, discover which designer brands and pieces truly hold their value, and are worth an investment.
Best designer brands to buy
Not all fashion houses are created equal. According to US resale platform The RealReal, the following designer labels hold their value the longest:
- Louis Vuitton
- Christian Louboutin
- David Yurman
- Van Cleef & Arpels
On the other end of the scale, brands such as Tod’s and Versace lose their value the fastest. If you're looking to invest in luxury fashion, especially consignments and resales, go for the above nine designer brands. Shop our true luxury collection →
Choose Millennials' top-selling luxury brands
At the same time, it may be worth considering the fast-growing millennial market for luxury fashion. Looking at the designer fashion trends from the younger generations can provide a strong indication as to which are the best designer brands to invest in. According to 2018 data, the most bought brands in luxury resales are:
You may also wish to consider the market you're selling to. While the above brands are loved for their womenswear and menswear equally, designer brands also coveted by male millennials are:
Invest in cult sustainable brands
Alongside the pull of luxury labels, there's also the allure of sustainable fashion. According to a report by Nielsen, 73 percent of millennial respondents are willing to spend more on a product if it comes from a sustainable or socially conscious brand.
Keep an eye out for these luxury green brands when shopping second-hand:
Trust in luxury resellers
If you'd like to follow in the footsteps of fashion resellers, why not look to their existing collections? We've launched a new section on our site, dedicated to luxury fashion in excellent condition. With over 200+ verified influencer and celebrity resellers on our site, you're in safe hands. Read our guide for our top picks in terms of designer resellers to bookmark.
Care for your clothes
Fashion is only a good investment if you care for your clothes. By all means, enjoy yourself when wearing these designer labels, but make sure to look after your purchases like the good friends they are!
(If you're wondering whether designer clothes last longer, make sure to read our guide!)
According to sustainable fashion blog Curiously Conscious, the top 10 best ways to look after your clothes are:
- Wear and re-wear items as you see fit
- Wash items at low temperatures
- Choose the right washing mode for your garments
- Use eco clothes detergents (and avoid fabric conditioner)
- Hang clothes to dry – and lay woollens flat when drying
- Gently steam (or iron) any wrinkly clothes
- Use wooden or velveteen hangers when storing
- Remove bobbles and pulls
- Treat clothes to an eco dry clean (and avoid harmful dry cleaning products)
- Get clothes professionally altered and repaired when required
And of course, enjoy your luxury items! Whether you're head-to-toe in luxury, or prefer high-low style, resales are making designer brands and pieces available to everyone to enjoy.