How to find the dress you want? Don't be too specific with your search keyword. C2C sellers are not professional sellers; many tend to use the minimum descriptions. E.g. instead of listing the dress as ‘Ted Baker Nula Ted’s City Print Dress Grey UK Size 2/AU Size 10’, the title could be as simple as ‘Ted Baker Dress Size 2’. If you were looking for ‘Ted Baker Dress Size 10’, you would not see it in the search results
Once you find a dress you like, is it the right size for you? If you have bought from the same brand, then it's much easier; it is always safe to check measurements of the bust, waist and length. Different styles, brands would have different measurements for the same size. Remember, you don't want a dress that can fit; you want a dress that fits PERFECTLY
Set your expectation right. If you are buying a used dress and you don't want to be disappointed, read the feedbacks the seller has received. Buyers who have been disappointed are likely to leave feedbacks to help other buyers. The feedbacks will give you an indication of how accurate the descriptions are. Sometimes 'worn once' may turn out to be more worn than you expected, it doesn't necessarily mean the seller is lying, but make sure you set your expectation right
Be cautious when you see a deal that is too good to be true. Would you sell a $200 dress for $50 if it was worn once? Probably not. I know I wouldn’t. Formal dresses are likely to be worn fewer times. For most professional women, most formal events we go to are work related. Not many girls like to be seen in the same dress over and over again. Because special events only happen few times a year, e.g. Christmas party, company anniversary, weddings etc. We want to impress and look pretty every time. Hence we spend a lot of money buying outfits that are destined to be worn once or maximum twice… Most of my dresses are over $200, I would rather keep them than selling them too cheap. However it will be a different story if I am under financial distress. Some sellers are. Just make sure to look beyond the price
At last but not least, are you buying it for the bargain or because you love it? I would say don't buy a dress because it is too cheap to pass. Only buy things that you like and will wear!