And four other places to buy and sell discounted dresses.
On the red carpet at the Emmys last night, Rachel Bloom, the creator and star of the hilarious show Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, wore a Gucci dress she bought herself. According to People, Bloom told E! Live Red Carpet, “It’s hard to get places to lend me dresses because I’m not a size 0. But I can afford it, so it’s okay.”
Because most sample dresses are created in smaller sizes, labels will often have to custom-fit dresses to accommodate actresses of other sizes. Later on Twitter, Bloom wrote, “To be clear: we didn't ask Gucci to dress me b/c they loan to very few. That being said, pickings are still slim for non-sample size ladies.”
The Gucci dress that Bloom wore is currently listed for $3,500 on Saks Fifth Avenue, but she said that she plans to resell the dress on the luxury consignment site The RealReal. Bloom says that her writing partner sells all of her clothes on the site, which offers pre-worn pieces from designers like Burberry, Michael Kors, and Coach at big discounts. Even if you don’t have any awards show appearances planned for the near future, The RealReal and similar consignment sites could help you find a discounted dress for the next wedding or big event if Rent the Runway doesn’t have what you’re looking for. And when the party’s over, you can resell the dream dress to get back some of the money you spent—and free up closet space.
Below are some of the best sites to find a red-carpet-worthy look at a real-life price.
On the site that Bloom plans to sell her Gucci gown, you can find thousands of designer dresses. Shop Erdem’s iconic floral styles for an upcoming wedding, or get the Coach bag you’ve been coveting for a fraction of the original price. Before selling a piece, the company’s experts confirm that the item is authentic, so you can rest assured you’re getting the real deal.
Another site that guarantees authenticity, Tradesy currently has listed more than 1,000 formal gowns and more than 41,000 clutches to pair with them. If you’re interested in selling items, the process is easy: list the item on the site and when you have a sale, the company will send you a shipping kit with beautiful packaging. Tradesy uses technology to flag any items that are inauthentic, and they have a “zero-tolerance policy” for replicas. If you end up buying something that was misrepresented, Tradesy will offer you a full refund.
If you’re not looking to sell a Chanel gown, ThredUP accepts both designer pieces and popular brands like J.Crew and Ann Taylor. First-time shoppers can get 40 percent off their first order with the promo code THRIFTY40, for a maximum discount of $50. And if you’re looking to clean out your closet, ThredUP will send you a bag to fill with the clothing and return to the company. You can either opt to get paid for the purchased items, or select the “Support Charity” option and the purchase proceeds will go to the designated organization. ThredUP currently partners with organizations like Feeding America and the Big Brother Big Sister Foundation.
This massive site (it has listed over 25 million items and 5,000 brands) offers a huge selection of clothing at all price points, and for all occasions. Use the site’s search filters—narrow down by price, desired colors, and favorite labels—to help you find your ideal dress. Poshmark does not guarantee the authenticity of every item listed, so be sure to look for labels and conduct your own check. For items over $500, take advantage of the site’s Posh Concierge service, which offers free authentication and shipping.