Dress – Oxfam
Shoes – Clarks
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Welcome to September, back to schook/work and the start of autumn!
September is also all about second hand clothes. Second hand September is Oxfam’s intiative to encourage people to pledge to say no to new clothes for 30 days. I am already doing a ‘no new clothes for a year’ challenge so not buying new in September pretty much goes without saying. However I couldn’t resist joining in to help spread the word and show off some off my second hand clothes.
Every week 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill. Throwaway fashion is putting increasing pressure on our planet and its people – it’s unsustainable. Avoiding buying anything is the most sustainable appproach but then we all need to get some clothes sometimes, right? Secondhand offers a great chance to refresh your wardrobe whilst minimising your impact on the planet. If you shop in charity shops you are also helping a great cause. I see secondhand shopping as a kind of lending scheme, if I buy something and get fed up, I can donate it back again. I love charity shopping but don’t often have time to mooch around the high street. Oxfam’s online store is definitely my go to for all sorts of occasions, work, parties, casual. I love that you can search by size, colour, brand and even decade.
I though I would share my top tips for creating a fab and wearable second hand wardrobe.
1.Work out what gaps you have in your wardrobe and commit to filling those gaps instead of buying more of the same
2.Work out what styles, colours and fabrics you like to wear and search with them in mind
3.Check the labels! I know which brands tend to fit me well and which ones don’t.
3.Don’t be tempted by a great find or bargain unless it fits into the categories above
4.Make use of the changing room or Oxfam returns service to be sure you love your purchase
5.There always another day. Charity shops are constantly updating their stock so if you can’t find something you like, check back another day.
6. If you do make a mistake, don’t be a hoarder, donate it back to the charity shop and free up some wardrobe space.
Are you taking part in second hand September? If so I’d love to hear how you are getting on!