Second Hand Shopping
One of my favorite ways to shop sustainable is to shop second hand. I have gotten a bit of a sour reaction at that before. People often say when they try to thrift shop the sizing is never right, they can never find anything good, and they like the feeling of wearing something new and fresh. Second hand shop isn’t everyones for-tae but once you get the hang of it it can be a total blast.
For those who are not to keen on shopping second hand, allow me an opportunity to present you with some motivation to try it out. As I have mentioned before, the fashion industry produces an insane amount of textile waste. Reusing old clothes prevents those textiles from ending up in land fills while simultaneously combats the demand for high inventory. Not to mention you find unique little wonders that only you will own.
Here is how I make the most of my second hand shopping sprees.
The first thing I do is have an open mind towards sizing. The truth is not a lot of what I find fits me right. But more often than not it is cheaper to buy something slightly ill fitted and get it tailored to my taste than to buy a fresh new garment. The benefit of that as well is garments tailored to you will always look better then those that “fit pretty well”. So while shopping, don’t put it down just because its a size to large. You can always adjust a garment to your taste.
The second thing is look for fabrics and patterns that are automatically attractive to you. If I see something paisley print 9 times out of 10 I am getting it. Same thing with silk material. This will help remove the tedious picking through of each item.
The last thing I do is pull inspo from pinterest. Pinterest is a great place to find unique outfit inspirations. Once you have an element or even a full ensemble that you want to recreate, finding those pieces will be easier and more fun as well.