I’m sure you’ll have noticed that I’ve been talking about buying second-hand a lot lately and have been loving it more and more. Second-hand doesn’t have to mean dowdy and shit, you can find some amazing things (sometimes with tags!) and look great in the process. I’ve accumulated a fair amount of second-hand clothing over the years whether that be from our trusty charity shops, hand-me-downs, eBay, vintage stores or other buying and selling apps – I’ve found most of my oldest pieces have been ones that I got second hand.
To highlight this point, I’ve put together a collection of photos of me rocking some second-hand finds over the last year;
My black leather vintage Mulberry bag gifted to me by my Mum (who also picked this up second hand from a charity shop many moons ago).
A newer Mulberry Taylor bag that I bought secondhand for around £200 on eBay a few years ago. The zip needs replacing and my little old domestic sewing machine isn’t heavy duty enough to stitch through the leather, so if you have any suggestions for where I can get it fixed, hit me up!
This is a recent addition to my wardrobe, a black faux leather biker jacket from Topshop that my Dad & Step-Mum picked up for me in a charity shop.
Double whammy, the denim jacket is a Polo Ralph Lauren find in a local vintage shop and the skirt is one I picked up for around a fiver on Vinted – score!
Vintage Levi shorts picked up from the same vintage store I got the above jacket from – it’s a gold mine for vintage denim!
Same jacket again – I can’t get enough and wear it to bloody death!
Second-hand Vans trainers picked up in, you guessed it, the vintage shop I got my jacket and shorts from.
A cute floral play suit I’ve had for a few years that I picked up for a couple of quid on eBay that always comes out for holidays – it’s a nightmare to pack as it always gets wrinkled, but hair straighteners are my saviour when I’m away as they’re a quick and easy way to iron on the go (although bigger items prove to be a bit of a challenge – maybe find an iron for your maxi dresses).
And finally, probably one of my oldest dresses, Aaron’s sister Kerry-Anne gave me this cotton summer dress from Topshop around 8 years ago. It’s an all time fave and one that I can’t seem to part with.
I’m making a conscious effort to buy more second hand clothing this year and will only be purchasing items I think will stand the test of time in my wardrobe – which I’ll admit won’t be easy!
Let me know about your ultimate secondhand finds in the comments and if you’d like to see more content like this in the future – remember you’ll save yourselves some pennies and some gorgeous clothes from being sent to the landfill.
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