InStyleBelly.com is a online/offline consignment boutique for designer maternity wear.
The Selection: The high-end designer roster ranges from Juicy Couture Maternity, ABS, Michael Stars and even Diane Von Furstenberg. The prices are reasonable for fashion forward pieces: Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress”>$90 for a black Diane Von Furstenberg wrap dress, only Diane Von Furstenberg sleeveless henley”>$23 for a bright yellow Diane Von Furstenberg sleeveless henley, and $54 for a stretchy denim skirt by Joe’s Jeans. InStyleBelly’s inventory includes only “excellent condition” clothing; absolutely none of the clothing can show signs of stains, pilling, etc. Additionally, all of the clothing must be “in current fashion” – trends that span back no more than 3 years, unless they’re vintage. And, of course, all the clothes must be clean. (hello…)
How Buying Works: The online store itself organized intuitively; categories on the right hand side are broken up into the specific category of clothing you might want. Career wear? Check. Attending a special occasion? Check. Looking for new jeans, sleepwear, or blouses? Also check. Some items overlap several categories; the same dress can be found under special occasion and dresses , for example. Best of all, and especially important for dressing your growing baby bump, you can Shop By Size. Also, since InStyleBelly does sell “new” clothing, some with tags attached, the boutique promises to price match if you can find a lower price. While the price matching policy is good, it worries us a bit; does that mean InStyleBelly’s prices for new items tend to be comparable to department store prices? If so, why would we want to shop InStyleBelly’s small selection? Lastly, InStyleBelly has a strict return policy , as most second-hand stores do; a mere 5 day window for returns.
How Selling Works: If you want to sell through InStyleBelly, you must become a cosignor. This requires first and foremost that you sign their cosignor agreement. By doing so, you agree to meet all of their clothing quality, trendiness and designer status criteria. You also give InStyleBelly the discretion to set prices and determine how long the item is available for sale. The item adheres to a strict pricing schedule: full asking price for one month, 25% off the second month, and 50% off the third and last month. You receive 50% of the actual selling price. You are responsible for shipping costs to and from their boutique, minus a $10 reimbursement.
The Verdict: InStyleBelly is a good place to browse for discounted designer maternity clothing that won’t have you looking like a walking sack, and a decent place to sell it, if you’re willing to wait. If you’re going to buy second-hand anything, it might as well be maternity clothing. The initial selection at InStyleBelly is attractive, and affordably priced - this store is a great place to browse for discounted designer maternity wear. Hopefully, the selection will become bigger, better and even lower priced as the store grows. Maternity clothing is also a valuable and smart thing to sell, once you’ve had your baby. The only downside is that you must wait for your item to sell, before you get paid. (It would be nicer to get cash up front.) However, if you’re willing to wait, you should take advantage of InStyleBelly’s online boutique to profit from clothes you can no longer wear anyway.