You may in the past have turned up your nose at second hand clothes in favour of the latest fashion from the high street. Perhaps it is the idea of rummaging through stacks of old musty clothes at a car boot sale, jumble sale or charity shop that has put you off. But second hand clothes are now right on trend and there are plenty of good reasons to buy them.
Buying new clothes all of the time to satisfy your desire for a constantly changing selection of clothes in your wardrobe can be very damaging for the environment. Buying second hand clothes is a good way to get your fashion fix but also do your bit for the environment at the same time.
‘But second clothes are not as nice as new stuff’, I hear you muttering. Well that is where you are wrong. It may take a little while to find it but there are plenty of very lovely second hand clothes around some of them hardly worn. Just recently I got myself a very nice Burberry Prorsum safari style top for just £4. It was in perfect condition, it did not smell and it was a lot better quality than anything that I could have bought new for ten times this price. I was delighted to see that the sleeves were lined, the seams finished with bias binding. I quite often wander around the high street shops to have a look and am constantly amazed at the low quality of some of the clothes that I find. Perhaps once in my teenage years I could have got away with poorly made clothes in bad quality materials but I have found as I have got a little older that quality clothes look so much better.
‘But second hand clothes are all out of fashion and frumpy’ is another objection that you may hear to buying second hand clothes. Well I don’t think that is the case at all. Firstly because the same fashions tend to come round and round again season after season. Take floral prints, nautical style clothes and sixties style mini dresses. All of these trends have been seen on the catwalks numerous times of the last 10 years. Even my safari style Burberry Prorsum top happens to be right on trend as safari was listed by the top fashion magazines as a key trend this year.
When getting dressed I prefer to be stylish than fashionable anyway. In the words of the late Yves St Laurent ‘ fashion fades, only style remains’. By buying second hand clothes I can afford to buy really good quality classic clothes that never really go out of fashion and that can perhaps be accessorized with a few of the seasons accessories although I prefer a few quirky and different second hand accessories myself.
Trends and fashions change constantly but wearing the latest fashion does not mean that you look good. Woman seem to have found a new confidence in the clothes that they wear lately and are daring to be individual and wear what really suits them. Second hand clothes are great for experimenting with new looks and finding great quality at the fraction of the price it would cost new.