Self Portrait Dress + eBay Shopping Tips

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Self Portrait dress sz 2 (found on eBay), Gianvito Rossi pumps (find similar on eBay),
Ann Taylor coat c/o (also styled here)

As longtime readers may know, I’ve been an eBay shopper for over 10 years now so am excited to partner with them and share more of my tips! I’ve had so many finds on there, including popular pieces that were sold-out in stores. In the spirit of the holidays, I’ve also included some gift ideas below for friends & loved ones on your shopping list!

I’ll start with a gift to self, though – I love Self Portrait’s gorgeous dresses, and a little secret is there’s a good selection on eBay at below-retail prices. Note this brand runs small, and by small I mean TINY – a US 0 sometimes measures 11″ across the waist with no stretch. Here’s an example search for b&w Self Portrait dresses including styles similar to or the same as mine (for reference, US 2 in this dress has a 24″ waist and is fitted & short on me). Make sure to note the difference between listings with actual Self Portrait vs. “Self Portrait Style” (lookalike) pieces, since there’s quite a few of the latter!

Gift ideas:
  • Sister: Anthropologie pieces. I adore Anthropologie dresses but petite sizes are always sold out. However eBay has so many options at a great price (example listings in XXS petite)! There are also dedicated sellers like Anthro Dreams with new listings regularly and great feedback. These are a few Anthro listings on my watch list in xs or xxs petite:
  • Best Friend: Designer shoes. I found a very gently pre-owned pair of Louboutins on here years ago that I still love!
  • Husband: Nike 2017 Flyknit Free sneakers. One category that eBay is really nifty for is past season (yet brand new) items. Nick has these sneakers from a few different years and claims the 2017 version fits his wide feet the best! A quick search yielded several options for that exact year’s model.
  • Dad: Dyson vacuum. Look for the “Direct from Dyson” icon!
  • Mother-in-Law: Dutch oven pot. Here’s some Le Creuset options that are new with free shipping.
eBay shopping tips:
  • Ask for measurements if they aren’t listed. This is always helpful to avoid returns on clothing.
  • Look for photos that were actually taken by the seller instead of stock images. Very important when it comes to pricier items! You can also message the seller and ask for photos, or for specific images like of the back of an item or a closeup, etc.
  • Filter your searches. I usually filter for Price and Item Location. If I need something quickly or if I’m shopping for something with a ton of search results, I’ll usually choose US Only for location.
  • Ask if the seller will take a best offer. And if you need an item sooner than before the auction ends, ask if the seller could end it early with a “buy it now.” They may say no, but it never hurts to ask!
  • Examine seller feedback before making larger-ticket purchases. And I mean, really look through the types of other items they have sold and the corresponding feedback on those items.
  • Look for the “Fast ‘N Free” icon. A lot of sellers offer free 2-3 day shipping!

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self portrait felicia lace dress petite outfitThank you to eBay for partnering on this post. I’d love to hear if you have any favorite finds or storefronts on there, or additional shopping tips!

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  1. Maureen wrote:

    eBay is a great way to get items for a fraction of the cost. We have been buying from eBay for quite some time as well. This self portrait dress is beautiful and timeless. You look great and these shopping tips are helpful!

    Posted 12.3.18 Reply
  2. Deirdre wrote:

    Such a pretty dress Jean , your size tips are perfect as are your shopping tips.
    Thank you for sharing,

    Posted 12.3.18 Reply
  3. May wrote:

    Beautiful dress! Never thought about buying clothes on eBay but I’m definitely interested in it now.

    May ||

    Posted 12.3.18 Reply
  4. Aethel wrote:

    I love eBay too for finding past season or sold out items, and definitely getting bargain prices. I just started following your blog a few months ago and have been slowly acquiring items from your past blogs, including a few Ann Taylor skirts and dresses for less than $14 each on eBay! I don’t mind buying gently used items, especially dresses since they are usually only worn a few times. But I always ask the seller to specify the condition of the item and how often it’s been used/ washed, and if it’s been washed/ dry cleaned properly. Another tip is to look at the seller’s other items, since they may have other great items in the same size and similar brands. I also just started using Poshmark for fashion finds. I really love your blog Jean!

    Posted 12.2.18 Reply
  5. Denise wrote:

    Great advice Jean. I have bought many different designers on eBay (Lily Pulitzer, LK Bennett, etc.), but just last week bought my first Chanel item – a dress. My recommendation on designer items is to always look for images of the labels and then research the item codes to be sure you are purchasing an authentic piece. There are various websites online that can teach you all about different designer labeling practices. Also with shoes or bags, look to be sure the seller has the original box and dust covers. That helps ensure the item is authentic.

    Posted 12.1.18 Reply
  6. Sheila wrote:

    I love Self Portrait, but I’m so confused about their sizing. We are pretty much the same size, except I’m quite busty. I wear a 32D (sometimes 34C), and wonder if US 4 will fit?


    Posted 12.1.18 Reply
  7. B wrote:

    Just found your blog and am reading all your old posts. We are body twins and you are solving so many of my issues (just ordered some 14″ hangers)! One thing I struggle with and haven’t come across yet on your blog is how to buy the right sunglasses. You rock so many different shapes and sizes that I’ve always been afraid to try because I feel like they overwhelm my face. Any tips on sizing, shapes, etc. in a future post would be wonderful! Thank you… am so glad I stumbled across your blog!

    Posted 12.1.18 Reply
  8. Such an adorable dress. Perfect for you! Love, Lieske

    Posted 12.1.18 Reply
  9. Mireia wrote:

    Love Self Portrait! This is the most beautiful dress!

    Mireia from TGL

    Posted 12.1.18 Reply
  10. Love the gift ideas, Jean. And you look so beautiful! ❤️❤️ Anthropologie’s products never fail! I’d totally get them as gifts for all the girlfriends in my life. Now, if only I could go on a shopping spree of a similar scale for myself… 😉

    Charmaine Ng | Architecture & Lifestyle Blog

    Posted 12.1.18 Reply
  11. Anonymous wrote:

    Thank you for creating such authentic sponsored content. You truly nailed it.

    Posted 11.30.18 Reply
  12. This dress is sooo beautiful <3 🙂 I love the lace so much!

    XO, Elizabeth T.

    Posted 11.30.18 Reply
  13. Roses for Fridays | by mia wrote:

    Great post of shopping tips … love ♥️it! Happy Holidays!

    🍂🌸🍁ROSES FOR FRIDAYS 🍂🌸🍁 | by mia | A Creative Lifestyle Blog

    Posted 11.30.18 Reply

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