Last Sunday, I said the final goodbye to Summer 2017. Nearly one month later than expected, but that day the sun was shining so bright, and it was so warm that I didn’t feel like facing autumn at all. Sitting at home would be a crime, so I decided to enjoy the weather just next to my apartment at the canal, wearing my comfy second-hand outfit.
Sometimes I just want to dress super comfortable, and I really don’t care if I look like a celebrity entering the rehab clinic…we all have such phases, right? And so for such occasions, I have my hippie Stussy hoodie bought a while ago for not more than 5 EU.
You know, that I love thrift shops and it’s just okay for me to wear something that had been worn before by someone else. I am proving it to you all the time on my Instagram account.
Let me present you 3 reasons that make me appreciate second-hand outfits the most:
Second-hand is sustainable as hell
Each time I buy clothes in a thrift shop, I am giving them a second life. And it’s a damn good feeling. Enough garments have been already produced to dress the whole planet. Pieces are being thrown away mostly because of the change in trends – not because they are destroyed. That means, second-hand shops are full of clothes in excellent condition, dropped there because the owner had no idea how to wear them anymore.
By buying a second-hand outfit, we minimalise its carbon footprint. According to a study performed by the University of Copenhagen, by reusing 1kg of a used garment, we can reduce 3.6kg of CO2 emissions and 6000 l of water consumption.
Finding the right apparel boosts your creativity
Both pret-a-porter and high-street fashion solved it well: even without any sense of style, taste or aesthetics, you can go out of store dressed like a “fashionista”. How come? Magazines, social media and shop windows are simply serving us neat looks (or uniforms) on a plate.
In the vintage/ second-hand shop it’s a different story. Each piece there already has a history. If you find a jacket from the early 80s there, you have to rewrite this history by your own. The uniqueness of the second-hand clothes brings the uncertainty of your choice. You have to be bold and have strong personal style to feel comfortable in the second-hand outfit.
It’s a creative process.
Man, Thrift Shops are so cheap
It’s self-explanatory. I just love finding small second-hand shops, where the owners are not really familiar with high-end fashion brands. The world where price-wise Alexander Wang = Stradivarius.
It’s my personal, subjective point of view. Remember, that I don’t want to convince you to buy second-hand if you don’t want to wear clothes after others. But you should consider it. 😉