I didn’t always embrace the thrifting lifestyle. In fact as a youth, when my mum insisted on ‘just having a look’ in EVERY charity shop on the high street, I used to die with embarrassment. However, all those years of ducking and diving behind the rails in the charity shops so I wasn’t seen, must have had an effect on me. Fast forward a few years later, I have a wardrobe brimming with second hand clothes and volunteer at my local Oxfam. I’m now that person who has to have a look in all the charity shops when I’m out and about. To me each one is a treasure trove, with gems just waiting to be discovered.
Before apps like Vinted and Depop became normal for people to sell off their unwanted fashion items, I didn’t always confess that my clothes were secondhand because *cringe*. But as more and more people have started to buy second-hand, I’ve become an advocate for it. Not only is it kinder to our purses, but embracing slow fashion just a little bit, has a much better effect on the planet.
I’m becoming more aware of our responsibility to reduce the impact on mother nature. I think there are certain changes we can all make to our lifestyle that can make less of an impact on mass production and waste. Whether for you that’s cutting back on meat, reducing your plastic usage, walking more instead of driving and/or choosing to recycle clothes and buy second hand, instead of completely surrendering to fast fashion.
It’s easy to get caught up in fast fashion, but I’ve learnt that fashion fades. Style remains the same. Trends come and go quicker than you can say ‘There’s a sale on in Topshop.’ Which is why I think it’s important to discover your own personal style. Once you feel confident in your self and have a strong sense of what you like wearing. It becomes easier to find things that reflect your personality, et viola your own personal style.
If, like me, you’re also a bit of a shopaholic with a not so stretchable budget, you probably can relate to your bank account not being able to keep up with your spending habits. Of course the aesthetic, shiny high street stores sometimes suck me in, compared to the chaos of a charity shop or boot sale. But at least I am saving money getting the majority of my clothes second hand, I can kinda justify splurging on something I really love from Zara or Asos. Saving my poor bank balance and conscience in the process.
So I want to show you a few bits from my wardrobe that are either second-hand or found in charity shops over the years:
This cute kimono is only from Primark, but it was love at first sight when I spotted it among the hangers in my local charity shop. It couldn’t have been more than £3.
This similar wrap is from a charity shop when I lived in Bournemouth, with a Topshop label but a second hand price tag. Worth every penny.
Both the jeans and top above are from the Oxfam shop where I work, the beauty of volunteering here is getting first dibs on the things that come in. Jeans are from M&S which cost me £4.99 and the top if I remember was around a fiver.
Coral blouse again is from Oxfam.
I don’t know about you but I can’t resist a good turtle neck jumper, and I’m attracted to anything red, because I know it suits me! Topshop label for a fraction of the price.
Featuring my mum’s vintage denim jacket from the 80’s! LITERALLY. I always get compliments on this jacket, it’s been part of my wardrobe for years and my mum’s years before that. The striped TEE is also from a charity shop, surprise surprise.
Lastly, I recently bought this striped shirt/dress which is originally from Oasis and cost me £4. I love wearing it tucked into a pair of jeans and can’t wait to pair it with some strappy sandals when we FINALLY get hotter weather.
If you’re also a serial charity shopper/thrifter or just need some inspiration, I have started an Instagram Community for the ethically conscious style obsessed. Head over to Thrifted Fashionn where there’s tonnes of bloggers and grammars with impeccable style who are featured all in one place.
Would you like to see more of my ethical wardrobe ? Hope you’ve enjoyed this post, get in touch to let me know your thoughts.