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Secondhand Styling

Ever tried twinning in a “preloved” outfit? It is really challenging!

Our friend was getting married. As her besties and unofficial bridesmaids we really wanted to be all cute and matching with her little two year old daughter. She had a blue dress with mustard details. We spent days browsing through vintage and secondhand shops in our lovely hometown without any success. 😕

What do you think happened next?

We ended up running into a trendy store that offers fast fashion for low price, two days before the wedding. I haven’t bout fast fashion clothes for almost 2 years but sometimes you just gotta go with the flow. Instead of bellyaching and being mad at myself for not following my minimalist rules, I chose to face the current situation with the best possible attitude. We had so much fun styling our wedding outfit, so I tweaked the old rules and changed them on the spot. To make it easier for you, I want to share my sustainable fast fashion shopping tips with you.

Here are some conscious tips that will help you make your next shopping experience a bit more sustainable:


Buy items that are rather functional than occasional and keep re-wearing them as much as you can - the more you rock it the more sustainable it gets.

2. Don’t buy something just because it’s cheap. Imagine if a specific item was 5times the current price, would you still be interested in getting it? Probably not. If yes, that’s a success - you can be sure that you’ll love it for an extended period of time.

3.Minimize and be generous. In case you can't escape shopping fever but you realize that the skirt you just bought is not your style at all, it is for the best for the two of you to say good bye. You can donate it, give to your friend, go to a fashion swap, bring it to a consignment store or use online platforms that will help you resell preowned items.

Extra tips:

Don't forget to bring your own reusable bag for your purchases.

Ask for no receipt if you know you will keep the item or have it sent to your email address when possible.

Bring a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated during shopping.

Take good care of your clothes, wash them only when dirty using detergents that are nice to your skin.

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Carrie Sylvain
Carrie Sylvain
Mar 17, 2023

Secondhand styling, also known as thrift styling or vintage styling, refers to the practice of creating fashion looks using secondhand clothing and accessories. This can include items that are purchased from thrift stores, consignment shops, online marketplaces, or inherited from family or friends.

Secondhand styling can be a sustainable and affordable way to explore personal style, as well as a way to support ethical and environmentally conscious consumption. By choosing to reuse and recycle clothing, individuals can reduce the amount of textile waste that ends up in landfills and minimize the carbon footprint associated with the production and transportation of new clothing.

To create a successful secondhand styling look, it's important to have an eye for quality, fit, and style.…

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