Stealing your favorite star’s style is easier than ever.
Back in the day, if Marilyn Monroe or Elizabeth Taylor were photographed wearing a particularly stunning dress or sparkly pendant, fans had to wait decades for the chance to get their hands on it (and spend millions at a fancy auction, to boot).
Now, if you see Kim Kardashian in a lace-up Givenchy bodysuit, for example, all you have to do is wait a year or two, pick up your phone and purchase it for a few benjamins on the Web site the RealReal — all from the comfort of your own home.
“We’ve always had celebrities clean out their closet and sell items [on the RealReal], usually anonymously,” says Natalie Seufferlein, a spokeswoman for the luxury consignment Web site, which has been around since 2011. But recently, she adds, more famous folk have gone public with their closet purges.
In the past year alone, Lena Dunham, Khloé Kardashian and Kris, Kendall and Kylie Jenner have held public sales on The RealReal. In June, Third Eye Blind singer Stephan Jenkins parted with some of his vintage Rick Owens and Marc Jacobs pieces for a sale on men’s resale site Grailed. And hip-hop producer DJ Khaled is currently offloading a bunch of track pants, sweatshirts and custom suits on the platform Poshmark. These celeb-owned items often sell out within hours — even the most unremarkable jeans and hoodies. In some online auctions, prices far exceed retail.
“People want to be in touch with the celebrities they care about and love and admire,” says Poshmark CEO…