Monday, 20 July 2015

My Top 10 Reasons Why Buying Second Hand Is Trendy

Individual images from Rebelle, used with permission
When you're a lover of clothes and accessories like I am, keeping up to date with fashion can be an expensive business.  There's always new trends that come out every season and the way that fashion marketers would have you believe is that the last seasons or last years clothes are out of date and unwearable.  Now that's something that I absolutely don't believe in and I don't really buy something that I could only see myself wearing for one season.  Style is eternal and if you like something, wear it.  It does not matter what is on the catwalks or deemed trendy.

That being said, I do sometimes like to try out a trend led style.  For example, this summer, I have really enjoyed the fringe trend but fringing isn't a look that I have enjoyed until now so I didn't want to spend a load of money on expensive pieces that I didn't know I'd still love in a couple of years time.  I headed to Primark for a coral crochet top and white waistcoat that both had fringing at the bottom, you can see them in my plus size fashion haul here.  I also bought a really affordable tan fringe clutch from New Look.  Usually I like to splash out on designer bags but as I didn't know if this was something I'd love forever, I didn't want to part with my hard earned cash.

I also find that blogging makes me want to buy more and more clothes, accessories and beauty products that I really don't need but really, REALLY want.  It can get so expensive but I'm always so inspired and tempted by so much of what I see online.  So whether you're a fashion addict, a shopaholic who can't stop buying clothes or simply someone who likes to own pretty things then you're not alone, I know exactly where you're coming from.

My advice would be to invest in pieces that you're almost certain you're still going to love in years to come and make wise choices when you're shopping.  You don't need to be a slave to the latest trends if you don't want to be; it isn't a prerequisite to fully stock your wardrobe with whatever is on the catwalks right now.  I often think that buying fewer quantity of items in favour of investing in higher quality items can help your wardrobe to last for years and years.

Being a savvy shopper is important too.  I'm always looking for items that I've been lusting after online for a while in the sales and I like to use voucher codes and discounts wherever possible.  Buying second hand clothes has many advantages compared to being a slave to brand new on-trend outfits, particularly if you love designer pieces.  So many girls scour charity shops now that its considered cool and second hand clothes are often considered to be vintage pieces.

Here are my top ten reasons as to why I think that buying second hand clothes is trendier now more than ever:

1. The first advantage is fairly obvious - second hand clothing is almost always cheaper than new, and usually by quite a long way. If you think you can't afford that designer jacket, then you can think again!  Using reputable websites to source pre loved designer pieces is key because then you know you're getting an authentic, real item as they check the items for authenticity and quality.

2. When you buy second hand, you'll often turn up random gems of clothing that you'd never see in the on-trend high street shops. Buying from charity shops and thrift stores can let you develop your own unique style.

3. Since second hand clothing is so much cheaper, you might be able to afford to experiment more with your style- if a combination of clothing doesn't work out as you'd expected, you've not wasted as much money as if you'd bought it all new.

4. Second hand clothing, by its nature, has stood the test of time. Inferior quality clothing will have been weeded out before it hits the racks, and you won't be surprised by your new garment suddenly shrinking during its first wash!

5. Fashion goes in cycles, and an outfit that someone thought was past its sell-by date a couple of years ago can become hot and trendy once more - second hand shops are great places to pick up retro styles.

6. Have you ever noticed that all the new clothing in the high street fashion outlets looks very similar? If you dress yourself from the mainstream stores the chances are you'll be dressing the same as many other people, and no one likes to share a look on the big occasion. Second hand clothing guarantees you'll be dressed uniquely!

7. Most second hand clothing is donated, and when you buy it you'll be helping to support good causes if you buy your clothing from a charity shop.

8. Often, second hand clothing finds its way into the shops as one bulk donation without being sorted for value. If you take the time to take a good look through the selection on offer, you might well find something of high quality or reputation being sold for a fraction of its real value.  A great tip here is to visit charity shops in wealthier areas as they tend to have some of the best stuff.  I've heard about people buying D&G, Calvin Klein and even Mulberry at ridiculously low prices in charity shops!

9. On the high street, sales assistants will often push you into buying something whether or not it really suits you or is a good price.  I have a friend who works in a very well known highstreet store and she is told by her managers to compliment buyers when they're in the changing rooms and to speak highly of their outfit choices to encourage them to buy, even if they don't think it is right for them.  Buying second hand means you won't be under pressure from salespeople who are only interested in earning their commission.

10. Browsing second hand clothing is fun! Instead of looking through racks of identical garments, everywhere you look you'll find something new and interesting that will help you build up an image that's uniquely you!

I have watched so many youtube videos where people go shopping and try to find an outfit for $50 (they're usually American youtubers).  I think it would be great to try this but in charity shops.  I might just give it a go when I've next got some spare cash!

If you shop in charity shops or buy second hand clothes, I'd love to hear what your top tips for finding great buys are!

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  1. Can we say hallauah to Poshmark!! I have so many good finds, I just had to pay it forward and open my own Poshmark store. To date i've sold over $1K of my clothes,shoes, purses and makeup. My link is on my Blog and this post reminds me to start adding more items.

    1. I have never used Poshmark! I really should check it out :) xxx

  2. This post is AMAZING! So many great tips for sure. I have never really thought to check out second hand shops. Totally going to have to do that now. Thanks for sharing this!!

  3. Great tips! I've never looked into buying second hand, but it makes so much sense!

  4. when it comes to designer stuff, i wouldnt purchase second hand. not sure why :/

  5. Great tips, but I'm not sure if I'm all that into buying second hand clothes though.

    Pink Frenzy

  6. There are some amazing tips here, I think the only second hand buying I ever do is from eBay x

  7. I personally do not like picking second hand stuff but your tips are great for anyone who does. :)

  8. I love charity shops, I've had some absolute gems from them! I really like the fringed New Look clutch here :)

    Jess xo

  9. I love second hand clothes, but I stay away from second hand makeup. x


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