We all buy clothes, but no two people shop the same. It can be a social experience, and a deeply personal one; at times, it can be impulsive and entertaining, at others, purpose-driven, a chore. Where do you shop? When do you shop? How do you decide what you need, how much to spend and what's "you"? These are some of the questions we're putting to prominent figures in our column "How I Shop."
We met rising 25-year-old actress Kiersey Clemons at a mansion in Beverly Hills for a dinner celebrating ASOS, which she hosted alongside her stylists Wayman Bannerman and Micah McDonald (who are themselves also very much on the rise). Clemons joined the ranks of style stars like Claire Danes, Lena Dunham and Chloe x Halle with her cover of ASOS magazine last fall, and is a natural fit for the online retailer's youthful, quirky, individualistic aesthetic.
But if the stylish "Heart Beats Loud" and upcoming "Lady and the Tramp" star is looking for more brand partnerships, Depop might want to give her a call. She's a true secondhand devotée and mentioned the marketplace no less than six times during our chat. From her impulse shopping tendencies to the major splurge she never ended up wearing, read on to learn a bit about how Clemons shops.
"I'm super casual. I like jeans right now. I have one pair of jeans that I wear every day. And I like bags. I'm keeping everything kind of repetitive and then changing out my bags. I love Pinterest [for inspiration]; I save everything on Pinterest. I love Tina Chow and Bianca Jagger, Tina Turner.
I haven’t been keeping up [with trends]. I’ve been buying a lot of vintage and trying to do used to be kind to the environment, to see how long I could do that. I’m loving finding all the amazing Tom Ford for Gucci vintage slingback shoes. So cute. I find a lot of stuff on Depop, and on Depop I’ll follow girls who follow other vintage sellers online or they'll have shops on other places so you can go on their story on Instagram. It's nice to know where your money's going to and a lot of times it's young women who own boutiques or an online store and they make a living off of it.
I have not bought anything outside of Depop in, like, six months. I enjoy knowing where my money's going and I enjoy that I get to talk to the seller directly. I like knowing where it's coming from and what condition it's going to be in and that it's not fast fashion, that no one was overworked in the process of it and I find a lot of the stuff that we like, it's getting resold anyway. It's a new way of shopping and vintage never goes out of style. I feel like the things you buy that are vintage, you wear them constantly, more than the other stuff. I will get basics like T-shirts [first-hand] and just get those from ASOS for example and then you mix it with a vintage coat, shoes, and it's cute.
[With Wayman and Micah] it's nice because we're constantly going back and forth in a text chain. If I dressed myself, I would probably stay pretty consistent, but I learn things and evolve through them, shapes that I like on my body, a style of pants that I wouldn't have worn otherwise. A lot of times we go in and shop and try something on and you love it and you don't buy it but I don't have to do that with them. I can [borrow it].
On Depop, you can't think about it too long or someone else will buy it. It's nice, because I only buy things that I know that I love and I for sure want, and it has to be an impulse buy — and impulse buys for me are normally the best. If I sleep on something, I'll wake up and be like, 'Fuck, I have to buy that immediately.'
The last thing I bought, I bought some vintage hats on Depop, and I also got some cute berets that this girl makes independently. She lives in Wisconsin or something. I buy a piece of clothing more often than I should, a couple times a week.
My biggest splurge, I bought this Gucci bag that I've never used. It has an eagle and purple on it, and my friend told me I should get it because I remind them of an eagle and that purple was the color of royalty — but this was also the same friend who buys things he never wears, so I don't know why I took the advice from him. He was like, 'you need this,' and I was like, 'I do,' and I got the last one that they had. I called around and everything and got this bag and I've never used it.
You know what? I can always sell it on Depop. [Laughs] That's the thing about these apps though. You can buy stuff and then be like, this doesn't have to go to waste, I can resell it to someone who's been looking for it. I bet there's someone out there who's been dying for this bag.
I donate, but I should do something like, when I buy something, get rid of something. As I've gotten older, I've started to wear more of the stuff in my closet, so that's kind of hard to do. I don't have much that I don't love, and a lot of times I'll find something in my closet and be like, 'Oh my god I'm so happy I didn't get rid of this; I almost did.'"