Starting 2019 has reminded me that I have gone over 12 months of shopping mainly second hand. This is when it comes to clothes for myself but I have also made sure I cant buy anything I need second hand before buying something new for the boys, Ben or the house too! But for the most part, my clothes have been bought second hand since January last year. Bar maybe about 5 things… a coat in the sale bought on a very cold day when I had actually forgotten my coat and ended up walking past one exactly like I had wanted in ages and so I just decided it was fate and that I was allowed to buy it! Especially considering the last coat I bought was an old Whistles parka from eBay for £10 and as practical as it is, it does make me look like a big sack, which is fine sometimes but not all the time, ya know! My only other warm coat is one bought in the Zara sales about 3 years ago and has been worn to death… anyway can you tell I feel like I need to justify this purchase haha!
The other things that have been bought new have been a top from & Other Stories, some Sorel boots (that will last me forever) and maybe a t shirt or two out of desperation last summer. Other than that everything else has been purchased from charity shops, eBay, carboot sales and vintage shops.
The best thing about this whole process has been that it has completely rekindled my love for clothes, if you have had kids you probably know that feeling of losing a sense of who you are, forgetting what you like to wear and just getting stuck in the sleep deprived trap of chucking on whatever you can grab that fits!
Rather than spending my life waiting to fit back in to my pre pregnancy clothes I’m learning to accept what my body looks like right now and make the most of enjoying clothes again otherwise i’m destined to rotate the same 3 outfits my whole life!
One of the great things about shopping second hand is the fact that most of the time you don’t have to spend a lot of money, so I feel less stubborn about buying a size bigger than I wore before kids! Im also able to invest in better quality brands, like the linen Toast skirt I got from eBay for £30 that is really well made and can be worn all year round. I’m thinking more about what gaps I have in my wardrobe and then buying specifically those items rather than aimlessly wondering around the shops and being tempted by things I really don’t need.
I no longer ‘go shopping’ which is what I used to waste hours of my life doing! I enjoy the odd peruse around the charity shops with a friend and making a day out of it or otherwise I search for things I need on eBay. I also don’t feel the need to follow the latest trends anymore but instead focus on what suits me and what will last a long time.
I have been having regular clear outs of my clothes and giving unwanted items to friends and family and the rest to charity, so along with the Marie Kondo method of folding clothes I am feeling much more on track to having something one day resembling a capsule wardrobe!
The whole challenge of shopping second hand was in a bid to not contribute to the huge global issue of fast fashion and what a terribly wasteful and unethical industry it is. I am not only pleased with how easy I found it but also how it has really changed a small part of my life, hugely for the better. I would recommend this lifestyle change to everyone for your own wellbeing but also for the overwhelming positive imapct it could have on our environment.