SECOND-HAND STYLE: THE PLACES TO SHOP
In the current climate, now more than ever it’s important to be shopping sustainably so I thought I would round up a selection of places to shop some pre-loved styles.
I love a bargain and have never had a problem shopping second hand. I always have done since my ability to shop started. As they say, one mans trash is another mans treasure. It’s easy to fall out of love with items or accept that you aren’t giving them the wear they deserve and that’s ok. I can’t tell you how many wardrobes I’ve come across that have items of clothing with the tags on and that’s a habit that has to be banished. On the flip side, you do often find some amazing pieces waiting to be loved. There’s always a silver lining - so get detoxing your wardrobe and donate any unloved pieces.
Wherever you go, whatever city you will find more than one. With the majority of stores laid out by size or colour, it makes sifting through the rails that little bit easier and you never know what you will find but either way it takes a bit of rummaging. I’ve found a Monsoon brand new utility jacket with tags for £12, J Brand jeans (which are usually mega ££) for £4, a J. Crew shirt for £10 and lots of other wardrobe gems.
eBay (Depop etc)
You can buy and sell just about anything. Some serious savings can be found on eBay. In fact, some of my most loved and worn items have come been purchased from there (see photo - this amazing and expensive Karen Millen dress was £30 - I haven’t taken it off since). There’s a whole world of bargains to be had. You can filter brands, colour etc and I personally find the search the most effective in comparison to Depop. You can find some good pieces on Depop but it takes a little extra searching and you have to be quite specific with what you want. It is a simple process to list an item so I would recommend if you have a lot to get rid of.
Vestiaire Collective, HEWI, Farfetch, Shona Mac - Pre-loved quality designer items .. perhaps it’s the bag you’ve always wanted, or some sunglasses from last season. High-end fashion is just as in demand. You can rest assured that all items will be legitimate and they will stand the test of time in your wardrobe. A top tip, be sure to check sizing if it’s clothing as designer often runs small.
A fancy fashion car boot, inside with wine and without the hagglers hosted around the UK. You’ll find the fashion pack, stylists, local boutiques and independents selling their fab gems at excellent prices in a fun environment.
I can’t pretend I’m an expert in vintage shopping but I can recommend one locally in particular, that being @1999_Vintage - stemming from selling on ASOS Marketplace, to owning their own shop Harry & Jack, a super cool family duo now have a permanent store in Winchester where you can find all things vintage.
Additionally, some online stores include.. ASOS Marketplace, Rokit, Beyond Retro, Thrifted and William Vintage and The Stellar boutique to name a few.
Smart Works are not only an amazing charity dressing people for interviews and putting them back in to work, but they host the most amazing sale in partnership with Stella magazine. All sales go direct to the the charity and they have the most amazing pieces, donated by a selection of fashion brands, I got some Whistles brand new nude heels for £30. Sadly it’s sold out for this season but keep an eye out for future events, because it’s not to miss. Another charity sale is the #SheInspiresMe Car Boot Sale hosted by Alex Eagle and The Store X and in partnership with THE OUTNET raising funds for Women for Women, I couldn’t attend this year and I was gutted but there were a selection of amazing brands and beauty stations. One to add to the future event calendar…
Happy second-hand shopping! Be sure to tag me in your bargains (@stylingbyJE) and let me know if i’ve missed any good locations…