This week's Trending Tab is all about highlighting the of the closets of our awesome Vinties and learning just how they came to be so awesome! Read through to learn more about these sellers AND their favorite tips & tricks to killing the selling game.
A masterclass in styling with Kristilauren
Kristilauren's Journey to Vinted
I started off selling on Vinted as a way to make some pocket change so I can act and eat at the same time. My goal was to share articles of clothing that I was excited about. I love helping people feel beautiful and encouraging them to be adventurous with what they wear on a day-to-day basis. I never really thought I would gain as much momentum as I did! After a while people started approaching me, telling me what they were looking for, and I started becoming a personal stylist for people all over the US.
Describe your style.
Feminine and earthy... Think Brigitte Bardot meets Stevie Nicks
I'm going to miss the summer off the shoulder tops and dresses for sure. I can get away with them into October but have to retire them once it gets below 68 degrees (The LA equivalent to snowing). I'm counting down the days until I can break out my faux furs and Penny Lane coat and incorporating them with some of my favorite vintage Levi's and silk tops.
Why do you love selling on Vinted?
I'm forever fascinated by the internet. I can connect with people that I would have otherwise never had met and when people buy something from me we share a connection. I won't upload something that I don't like, and when someone purchases an item from me it's so rad to see that someone somewhere loves the same thing (or things) that I do! As an actor and writer it's important to surround myself with as many people from different walks of life as possible. Los Angeles is a very isolating city so being able to connect with different people and getting a peek into their personalities helps fuel my art every single day.
What sets you apart as a Top Seller?
I think what draws customers to me is my integrity. I'm a very big fan of online shopping, and nothing brings me more joy than coming home and seeing something that I've purchased sitting on my doorstep waiting to become a part of my story, and I want to give people the same rush of happiness when they buy from me. I refuse to sell items in sub par condition unless the piece is so special the minor flaws can be overlooked. I hand wrap every item with color coordinated tissue paper, sealed with a heart sticker. I hand write a letter to every customer thanking them for their business. If I can make one person smile I consider that day a success, and every time someone puts on that item they bought from me I hope they feel the love that goes into me hand selecting that special piece that they will wear for days, weeks, months, or maybe years to come.
We love the way you style your items. Why do you think this makes a huge difference for your buyers?
I think the key is to pair items with on trend items that are easily accessible. I'm quick to invest in accessories and jackets that will stay with me for years, but I'm not going to pair an item with a statement piece that only I own. Go with timeless closet staples (denim jackets, black boots) and you can't lose! A big bonus for me is when I can style a piece with something else that I'm selling. It shows off different ways your items can be styled, and you become a one stop shop!
What are some tips for sellers who are new to styling and want to try it out?
Take risks! Wear color! My closet used to be mostly black, but there's something so great about finding a color that makes you glow. I'm super into green right now because it brings out the green in my eyes. I've realized that people are more worried about how they look than how other people look. If you see something and it makes you happy, wear it! You're more likely to shine wearing something that brings you joy than wearing something that everyone else is wearing. Being like everyone else is boring anyway, right?
Final thoughts on being successful?
The best thing you can do is be honest. It's nice to make money, but cutting corners for a quick sale isn't the way to do it. Make Vinted fun! Grab your best friend and take photos in your awesome clothes together. Ask a family member to take photos of you and laugh about how silly it is. Enjoy your process. Tell your story. Do everything with joy and intention and the universe will always give back what you give.
If you ever have questions, feel free to reach out! I'm always here to lend a helping hand.
Check out Kristilauren's versatile, playful and on-trend closet here