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I’m not here to promote consumption or tell you that your life will be better with these “must-have shoes for the season”, that designer handbag or those on-trend jeans.
That is a marketing strategy designed to make you feel inadequate and fuel you with desire to shop for unnecessary items.
It is what social media thrives on.
I am here to break down preconceived ideas about used clothing and promote shopping secondhand first.
Sharing my thrifted treasures with you is my way of showcasing some of the great pieces just waiting for new homes and second chances. The bounty that awaits in your local thrift store will shock you.
Why not give it a try?
Your wallet, the earth and your conscience will thank you for it.
I’m tired of people suggesting they are helping the economy by supporting fast fashion and over consumption.
The status quo will never change if they keep feeding fast fashion retailers their hard earned cash. They are simply justifying their choices.
Wouldn’t they feel prouder knowing that they made environmentally sound choices by choosing to purchase secondhand first? Or shopping their own closet?
We can all try to do better.
Small steps towards responsible choices lead to big changes for our world.
In my mission to show you some of the fabulous pieces that can be found secondhand I’m sharing a few of the newest additions to my Etsy store.
Most of the pieces I show are vintage because my store specializes in vintage (pieces that are over 20 years old) however you can find many more pieces that are contemporary.
Vintage is the rare bird, secondhand stores are overflowing with modern pieces.
I had to show off this super cool snake necklace I thrifted as it worked beautifully with this dress. It’s not for sale…yet. This will be the only time you will see a snake draped around my neck. Ever.
I’m wearing a very short mini dress below. Yes, I did feel like I forgot my pants, and no, I did not wear this out. Ha! These are only photos for my Etsy shop.
There are a couple of pieces here that I am seriously considering removing from the shop after trying them on and seeing how much I liked them. That is always a risk. Can you guess which ones they are?
Trying Something New
I pretty much knew this super wide striped jumpsuit from Free People wasn’t going to work for me. I bought it because it was such a unique, well made piece and I knew if it didn’t work for me I’d find someone else that would love it.
For fun, I tried it on and decided to analyze the pros and cons. Trying something new exercises our brains and expands our horizons.
Just one of the many bonuses of shopping secondhand, you can try something new you wouldn’t normally consider AND save the world.
The Pros – What Works
Normally I’m not a huge fan of pastels but I think the colours work with my hair and complexion.
Some of the stripes are going the right way. Hello elongating vertical stripes!
The extra deep pockets are awesome.
The fabric is the lightest and softest cotton. It’s like wearing a cloud.
It is well made. An interior slip that consists of shorts is a smart detail.
This is almost as comfortable as wearing PJs.
The swish factor is a strong 85%.
The Cons – What Doesn’t Work
I have a few challenges with this piece.
As you can see I’m still trying to show I have a waist with my classic hand-on-my-hip pose above.
Go away horizontal stripes at my bust where I’m already large enough.
It requires a tank underneath. The sides are very open. If you’re into side boob this is for you.
Like pretty much every single piece of shapeless, oversized clothing this will look better on someone taller, thinner, with a longer neck and fewer curves.
(C’est la vie. It’s the clothes. It’s not me.)
The length isn’t doing me any favours although it does ensure I don’t trip on it when going up the stairs.
I tried belting it to see if that would help.
The hips just grew by two inches when I did that thanks to the large amounts of fabric.
And just as I predicted…I’m not feeling it.
Maybe a thinner belt would have worked better but honestly, if you are considering buying a piece that needs special accessories to make it wearable, do yourself a favour and don’t buy it. You’ll never wear it.
I get a bit excited when I see that I could easily sneak three sandwiches, a plate full of nachos, two litre bottles of sparkling water, a half a dozen donuts and a couple of chocolate bars into the movie theatre without being questioned. Mission Impossible whatever-number-you-are here I come!
In fact, I could sneak my pug in wearing this outfit. Then I’d have to pack a whole other lunch for her. She doesn’t like to share.
So yeah, this fun jumpsuit isn’t staying in my personal collection. No surprise there.
It will soon be listed in my Etsy store for some bold, fun, nacho loving person to wear and enjoy.
What was the last piece you bought that didn’t work out?