Second-hand designer shopping is becoming less & less taboo with people becoming more informed about the environmental and social consequences of fast fashion. You may not be thrilled by the scent of a retro or vintage designer item when you first stumble upon it . However, in a world of fashion overrun by polyester and questionable ethics , the feel of affordable organic textiles under your fingers and a clear conscience will keep you coming back for more.
Fast Fashion is described as fashion that is produced on-trend for the mass market in large amounts . Demand has given rise to sweat shops that violate human rights and pollution that threatens local water supplies and environmental health.
Much like getting your clothes tailored, secondhand shopping is a part of slow fashion and is a healthy alternative for a stylish person who loves quality clothing, isn’t keen on spending three times the amount, have money leave their community or increasing their carbon footprint.
The benefit of charity stores is that you get the best fashion while giving to a cause . There I found several items from my childhood favourite, Woolworths. Quality outer wear that’ll probably last me another 5 years and when I’m done I can always return them to a charity store to serve someone else and give the charity store items with which it can raise money.
I also do a fair amount of my shopping through vintage jacket vendors and second-hand luxury item retailers who stock brands like Versace, Gucci etc.
Knowing Who Makes My Clothes
Realistically, for now, there will always be items I purchase straight off the shelf of a fast chain retailer but second-hand shopping makes a difference with keeping balanced both financially and ethically because it may just be scraping the surface but it’s a good way to support a transparent fashion industry until you can afford to do more .