“Second hand never has to mean Second best” With a background in environmental kids TV Faye De Lanty has always had a strong connection to mother earth, respect for animals, and a drive to make a difference. This drive led her to create her blog ‘Fashion Hound‘, an eco-fashion blog all about reusing & reducing our fashion footprint. Being Salvation Army’s official Eco Stylist we could not think of anyone better to collaborate on this article with than her.
Faye’s Pro tips on the Do’s and Don’ts of Thrift Shopping
- Educate Yourself – Be hungry for Knowledge. Read Fashion magazines, look at style websites, research brands, check out the trends, understand cut, color, fabric and form. The more you know the better you can op shop
- Be Prepared – go shopping with an idea in mind to avoid that overwhelming feeling.
- Follow the Fashion Fundamentals – seek out and stick to the classics. Timeless pieces like a great pair of jeans, a white tee, a little black dress, a trench coat. Op shops are filled with great versions of these and once you have them you can build and play with the trends from there.
- Don’t be afraid of Stains & Damage – Small stains and damages are okay if they are something easily mendable. If there’s something you totally love that has a stain, consider doing cross-stitch designs over the stain, patches, a natural dye bath or shibori pattern dying to blend in the stain.
- Shop the Store – don’t just look in your section. Half my wardrobe is from the mens section. Try it on, you never know.
- DIY and Customize – You don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars for ripped jeans or a bejeweled clutch when you can make it yourself. Surf the world wide web for inspiration.
- Dress for It – wear something that’s really easy to change in and out of or try fitted clothing that you can try things on the top of.
- Know Your Body & Style – Don’t be a slave to the trends, only buy what feels great and flatters you, do it your way.
- Get Connect – Become friends with your regular op shops, get to know when they receive new donations.
- Materials Matter – Look for well made garments by checking out the labels for material content. Generally those using natural materials are higher quality and tend to last longer. You can even score with finding designer brands.
- Have a Tailor on Speed Dial – Maybe the Chanel jacket you found has boxy shoulder pads,but if you have it altered it will still be so much cheaper than the original price tag.
- Take a Tool Kit – Snacks, water, a tape measure, inspiration pics, a wish list. It will make things much more efficient and enjoyable.
(All images used from FashionHound.Tv)
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