Not so fast, spring — we still have a few days of sweater weather left!
I’m totally down with the sudden chilly weather, though. It means I get to wear this excellent, grandpa-ish sweater that I found at a secondhand store a few weeks ago.
I used to thrift around a lot, especially right after college. But I would tend to lose my focus and buy things because they were inexpensive — not because they worked for my life or style.
So after a while, I just sort of … stopped. I felt like it wasn’t working for me anymore — I retired it to the “just doesn’t work” pile.
But, as I’ve learned more about the way fashion impacts our planet + people, I wanted to welcome secondhand shopping into my life again. The benefits were just too good:
Extending the life of an already-produced garment? Check. Reducing the demand for more clothes AKA slowing down fast fashion? Check.
Oh, and the possibility of finding something completely unique? :) Check.
I was in.
But first, I had to be honest with myself.
I’m the world’s most enthusiastic advocate of Try, Try Again, but it’s wise to change up the approach the second time around.
So, I came up with three little tips that would help keep it a joyful + productive experience for me:
1. Look for well-organized stores. Read reviews before you try a new store.
2. Look for stores that will have age-appropriate clothes. I’m turning 30 next week, so … sorry Plato’s Closet.
3. Only buy clothes that are well made and will last a long time.
The little tips helped and I had a successful shopping trip a few weeks ago! My grandpa sweater is the proof.
I’m glad I tried again. It’s so easy to toss something in the “just doesn’t work” pile, but it never hurts to try again later.
So tell me, do you shop secondhand? Do you ever find it challenging? How do you make it work for you?
Quick topic change:
I’ve been hearing murmurs that skinny jeans are on their way out.
While I am excited to try out some flares in the near future, I’m not giving up my skinny jeans any time soon.
In fact, I just figured out how to do the messy half-roll. Let me show you:
- Make one big cuff, about three or four inches tall.
- Grab the bottom of the cuff you just made — one hand on the inseam of your jeans, one on the outseam. Roll the inseam up for a second cuff, while holding the outseam down.
- Fuss with it a bit and — here’s the secret — make sure the hem of your jeans is still peeking out a little above your messy cuff.
Try it and see if it works for you!
Shoes: c/o Fortress of Inca (Ethical + Sustainable)