If you know me, you know that I absolutely love the American Apparel tennis skirts, and if you’ve read my blog posts before, you’ll know I have three of them; a white one, a navy one, and a salmon pink one. The American Apparel tennis skirts are not cheap by any means; costing a hefty £46 per skirt. If you know me, and if you have read the About Me section of my blog, you’ll also know that I’m a university student. It’s a widely known fact that any student who wasn’t born into a rich family struggles a lot with money during their years of study. If you move away from home like I did, you have to pay a weekly amount for your room, as well as buy your own food, personal hygiene items, bus fare (who honestly has the money to pay for a car when they’re at uni), and books and other necessities for university, and when it all adds up, you understand why student loans are so important.
Luckily, in the UK, university students get a loan to help cover the costs, which they then pay back later in their life when they’re earning over a certain amount of money (this is just a bit of background for any readers who don’t live in the UK – I’m not sure what the deal is anywhere else). I’m quite lucky to be given the highest amount possible from Student Finance. I get paid part of my loan every term, and usually over half of it goes to my rent, which is just under £100 a week. In Manchester, I’ve also found that it’s really difficult to get a part time job (no one can work full time if they want sleep and a social life), and have only recently got a job working at Primark on Saturdays.
I really struggled when I first started university, when I saw this huge lump of money enter my bank account I thought it would last me forever, and since I’d never lived away from home before, I had no idea how much food cost and all the other stuff you end up having to buy! In the first term I kept buying tons of makeup and I ended up with no money for the last month of term which was extremely difficult and stressful, and I was so lucky that my Mum helped me so much (love you Mum!!). In the second term, to prevent that happening again, I opened up an overdraft on my bank as a safety net, and again, I ended up with almost nothing by the end of it. I’m determined not to make the same mistakes again, and now that I have a job it is going to be so much easier for me!
You’re probably thinking ‘what the hell does all this have to do with American Apparel tennis skirts?’ well; I’m in my third term of university now, and I don’t want to end up in the same boat as before. But, I love buying clothes, and I have expensive taste, so what do I do? I turn to eBay. There are so many tennis skirts being sold on eBay sometimes for half the price and less! But you have to be careful. Two out of three of mine are fake, the only real one being the white one. Here’s a quick overview of the ones I own in the order that I bought them:
- Purchased from: Etsy (I think the person I bought it from deleted their account)
- Cost: £21.23
- Real or Fake: Fake
- (The first) White
- Purchased from: Etsy (the same store as the navy one)
- Cost: £21.23
- Real or Fake: Fake
- (The second) White
- Purchased from: eBay
- Cost: £22
- Real or Fake: Real
- Salmon Pink
- Purchased from: eBay
- Cost: £7.50
- Real or Fake: Fake
A good fake will look real and feel real, but there are tiny subtleties and one pretty big giveaway that makes it all apparent, and here’s what you have to look out for:
The Label: This is the big giveaway, if you had never bought anything from American Apparel before, like me, you probably wouldn’t realise the American Apparel label they put in the fakes is labels they’ve taken out from jeans and sewn into the back of their fake! I didn’t think anything of it when I first bought my navy skirt. It said American Apparel Jeans but I just thought that maybe it was something to do with their specialty or something (I don’t know what I was thinking). A real tennis skirt label should look like the one in my white skirt (see the top left picture). I highly recommend that when buying on eBay you check for what the label says as it can be such a big giveaway (but thankfully one that nobody can see). If the seller doesn’t show a picture of the label, either ask for a picture of the label from them or don’t buy it – that’s if you’re really bothered about getting a real one. And just to throw in for good laughs, look at the label in my awful fake of a ‘white’ tennis skirt! What the hell is ‘Aoorizan Apporol’?? Get out.
The Pleats: This is one that may be difficult to spot in pictures, but American Apparel tennis skirts have very strong pleats in them. Of course they unfold a little bit when you’re sitting down, but when you’re stood up they should be perfect! Also (I don’t really know how to describe this but bear with me), when laying the skirt down on a bed or floor, from the top down to the bottom, the skirt should be consistently making itself wider toward the bottom, like /\ that kind of shape, only less dramatic. Fakes will usually go straight down where the pleats are sewn down, and then suddenly spread out where the pleats are left to hang (refer to pictures if you don’t understand that terrible description, I am sorry). My pink and navy skirts are pretty good with the pleats, but they’re still unlike my real white one. In the fake white one the pleats were barely pleats at all! It angered me so much whenever I wore it. I can’t believe I paid £21 for such an awful fake. The fake white one annoys me the most out of all of them. Even when it was ironed it didn’t go back into shape. Like I said before, awful fake.
The Colour: I’m only even putting this one in because my ‘white’ fake was so bad. It’s like a creamy off-white! It’s not white at all. It was listed as white in the description, and it looked white in the picture, but when it arrived, it was this horrible off-white colour. Annoyed is not the word. You can’t always trust pictures and I highly recommend you avoid buying from sellers who use images from American Apparel’s website and not their own! It usually means they’re hiding something.
The Hem: This is one of the minuscule details that give away how real an ‘American Apparel’ skirt is. A hem is the edge of a piece of clothing that has been turned under and sewn, for those of you who aren’t sure. A real tennis skirt should have a hem of approximately 2cm. All of my fakes have a hem measuring below 1cm, which is such a big difference when you put them next to each other! Of course, this is one thing that would be hard to identify when buying online, but it’s a thing to keep in mind when double checking that yours is real!
The Thickness: My bad white fake is so thick compared to my real one. The other fake ones that I own are spot on in terms of thickness, but the white one is just awful! Real tennis skirts are quite thin material, which two of my fakes have managed to replicate pretty well! However, the bad fake feels like a thick bed sheet, or a set of old curtains, or a table cloth. It’s just terrible.
The two main things I would suggest when buying one of these skirts on eBay is to check the label in the pictures, or ask for one if there isn’t a picture, and don’t buy from sellers who use American Apparel’s website pictures! You can’t really check the thickness, hem, or colour when you’re buying online, but you can look out for these two clues. Hopefully you won’t find yourself paying ridiculous amounts of money for a fake skirt like I have in the past. If you can afford to buy directly from American Apparel, good for you! I’m very jealous. And of course, you don’t have to worry about this like some of us poor people do (sad face), but if you ever decide you want to save a bit of that cash for something else, you now know what to look out for.
And that’s all for this post! I hope you enjoyed it and learned a few tricks for yourself. Let me know if you’ve found any more telltale signs for fake AA skirts. I’d love to know. I’m currently trying to find a lilac one and I’ve lost to two people so far!! Maybe one day. 🙁
Also, as a side note (I’m adding this in literally just before I post it – I already had this pre-written) this weekend American Apparel had a sale of 25% off so I actually bought their new blue colour from their website for about £33! I still haven’t been able to get a lilac one but I’m constantly looking for one. And I know it’s Monday and if you’re a frequent reader you’re probably thinking ‘isn’t Monday usually OOTW?’ and the answer to that is yes, but I’ve had such a busy week that I haven’t had time to make a new post, and I don’t want to not post anything so I decided to post this instead! Hopefully I’ll get back into OOTW next week.
Thank you for reading and I hope to see you in the next one! ♥