Looking to get into second-hand fashion? Whether you're a thrifting beginner, or a seasoned pro, shopping second-hand can be both fun and sustainable! Find out how in this guide...
What Is Second-Hand Fashion?
Second-hand fashion is any clothing that has previously been owned and worn by another person. Second-hand clothes can be sold directly by their original owners, sold through platforms such as ebloggers, or donated to charity.
Is Buying Second-Hand Fashion Sustainable?
Second-hand fashion is more sustainable than buying new clothes because it reduces the demand for new materials and energy, as well as reducing the amount of clothing going to landfill. According to Oxfam, every week 13 million items of clothing ends up in UK landfill, so shopping second-hand can help to reduce this figure!
The fashion industry is a notoriously dirty industry, using unsustainable practices and exploiting garment workers. Just this year, many high street fashion brands stopped paying for their orders due to covid-19, causing garment workers to lose their jobs and fall into poverty.
By purchasing second-hand clothing, you can avoid supporting these practices, as well as encourage a more circular economy, and also support charity too.
What Happens To Second-Hand Clothes?
The future of second-hand clothes is very much dependent on the quality of the clothing. For good quality second-hand clothes, they can be:
- Sold on to be worn again
- Swapped with friends or family
- Donated to charity to be sold
However, this is only a small percentage of all clothing - according to BBC, as little as 10% of donated clothes are actually sold through charity shops.
The rest is sold to textile recycling warehouses who then sort the clothes and send them on to countries in Central America, Africa and Asia.
So, the more we can enjoy shopping for second-hand clothes, the better!
How To Shop Second-Hand Fashion: 5 Top Tips
Finding perfect fitting, good quality second-hand clothes can seem difficult - especially if you're looking for a particular style or item. However, there's no better feeling than when you find the perfect piece for your wardrobe, at a good price and in excellent condition!
It's one of the reasons why we started ebloggers. We work with hundreds of leading fashion influencers so we can pick and choose beautiful pre-loved pieces from their wardrobes and display them here for you to discover and shop!
There's so many benefits to shopping second-hand, including:
- Saving money - items are cheaper than their full price
- Finding your unique style - clothes and accessories are one-off pieces
- Reducing your environmental impact
- Supporting charity - find out more about our charities
I've been thrifting and enjoying sustainable fashion for a good few years now, and in my second-hand shopping guide I share these tips:
- Start by finding your style inspiration. I get mine from blogs, Instagram, Pinterest, and magazines.
- Decide on your favourite pieces, designers, or brands. Personally, I like quite minimal style, so I search for brands like APC, Reiss, & Other Stories.
- Search regularly, as new stock is uploaded all the time.
- Consider the materials (natural materials like cotton, linen, and wool are often better quality and will hold their shape and colour for longer).
- When your new-to-you clothes arrive, try them on and play around with the fit. Does it need a belt? Be open to accessorising and making alterations.