Secondhand style hits and bombs

We’re midway through Secondhand September and I thought it would be fun to share some of my preloved fashion hits and bombs.

In 2020 I decided to do a year-long experiment of buying only secondhand clothes.  I really wasn’t sure I could make it through the year.  What would the weekend be without a trip to Zara?  How would I cope with work stress without clicking the ‘add to basket’ button?  As it turned out, buying secondhand fashion is a joy.  I’ve found exploring charity shops, vintage stores and online preloved options to be infinitely more fun and rewarding than my old shopping habits.  I’m happy to say most (around 80%) of my secondhand fashion finds are pieces I treasure.  However, there have also been a few things I’ve bought that haven’t worked out.

Here’s my review of my biggest hits and bombs:

The hits

Clockwise from top left: (1) A dark green Zara pleather skirt. A friend wore this to a brunch. I loved it and decided to see if was one Depop. It was! (2) A vintage (1960s?) navy wool skirt from a charity shop in Cheshire. It’s beautiful fabric and beautifully cut – they don’t make clothes like this any more (3) My first ever Depop purchase! A rust-coloured jumper, perfect for autumn. (4) A floral jumpsuit from ASOS, found in a tiny local charity shop . I absolutely love this look for a night out.

The bombs

Left – a Zara sweatshirt. It wasn’t originally a bomb but the quality turned out to be so poor (as I describe in this post) that I was forced to throw it out after just a few months. Right – a vintage M&S cardigan. I didn’t hate it at all, but the length was unflattering.

What to do with the bombs? 

I’ve donated by unwanted thrifted fashion to Re-Fashion.   They’ll send you a bag for free by post.  You fill it with clothes and then drop it off at one of many drop-off points – mine is my local Co-op supermarket.  It’s free to send your clothes to Re-Fashion and you get a £5 voucher in return. Order your bag here

What are some of your secondhand hits and bombs? Let me know in the comments or contact me

Thanks so much for reading


PS You might also like this article about my friend Hannah’s great preloved hits

Published by jengreggs

I'm a London-based writer and blogger focused on sustainability in fashion. My purpose is to help everyone discover the joy of living more sustainably.

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