Bianca and Jenna's Wardrobe Edit

Bianca and Jenna's Wardrobe Edit

A new year calls for a wardrobe clean out. We speak to Trading in Style founders Bianca and Jenna about their relationship with consignment, how they decide to part with a piece and those pieces that will forever have a place in their wardrobe.
Tell me a little about why you love Trading in Style and the consignment industry.
Jenna

I love knowing that we have almost saved the life of each piece of clothing that comes through the door. 

In a world where there really is too much of everything, waste is at an all-time high and the fashion industry is one of the biggest contributors to polluting the planet, by circulating our unused clothing we are avoiding landfill and helping to make a difference.

I feel so incredibly lucky to be able to do what I love every day for work with the most amazing partner and team. 

Bianca

I am so passionate about what we do; I love coming to work every day, the opportunity and potential of this space keeps the momentum going and the continued success is so rewarding. I always dreamt of owning my own business since I was a little girl. I always had an ideas book filled with new concepts and business plans! 

And to Jen’s point, another reason I love my job is being surrounded by such a talented, strong, driven and positive team, whom we could not have done this without! 

What does pre-loved mean to you?
Bianca

Pre-loved is not what it used to be; I see it in a totally new light. It’s mind-blowing how many pieces we see that have been worn once or in new condition.

Fashion is a cycle, and our wardrobes are always evolving. I love finding a pre-loved item and reviving it AND paying a fraction of the price! 

Trading in unwanted pieces and purchasing pre-loved extends every single items’ life cycle. Making fashion more sustainable is vital for our future. 

Jenna 

It also means it’s had a previous life and story which I love, and making a difference to the environment one fashion item at a time.

 

When did you start consigning and do you also purchase pre-loved?
Jenna

I started consigning probably about 10-12 years ago and I would say at least 60% of my clothing is now second-hand.

Bianca

Yes, I would say 70% of my wardrobe is now second-hand. I think I started consigning or selling my wardrobe around 2015.

How do you maintain a ‘less-is-more’ mindset, while also incorporating new pieces into your wardrobe?
Bianca

I often will hold onto my investment pieces and classics and elevate my wardrobe with new on-trend pieces.  

It also really depends on my current lifestyle; for example, now I am really focused on very easy mum 'on the go' looks that can also be breastfeeding appropriate. I have recently parted with a lot of my Anine Bing t-shirts and acquiring more button-down shirts which also just so happens to be the latest trend, which worked in my favour! 

And how do you decide when to part with a piece?
Bianca

One of my rules is - if I haven't worn it in the past year, it’s time to let go! I’d rather rehome and purchase something that I love and will work better with my wardrobe.

Out with the old, in with the …PRE-LOVED.

Jenna

I’m constantly editing my wardrobe and pulling things out that I’m no longer loving. I hate clutter and don’t like my wardrobe to be overloaded as it overwhelms me. 

Once I have lost interest in wearing it, I’ll move it on. I don’t like hanging on to things I’m not using. 

Are there any pieces you’ll never be able to part with?
Jenna 

Yes, my Chanel Wallet on Chain. It was my first designer bag that my husband bought for me. I was so desperate for it at the time and still love it so much. I will keep that one for my girls. 

Bianca

Agreed. Sentimental pieces are always hard to part with. Fashion can often remind us of a time in our lives or symbolise a moment! The first Chanel Wallet on Chain I purchased with Jen in Melbourne, an investment piece and a special moment celebrating Trading in Style on a work trip. It’s a bag that I will keep and pass onto my daughters - eventually!