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Look Stylish When Shopping Second Hand

id you know that the average Australian disposes of up to 23 kilograms of clothing to landfill each year? Aside from hard earned money being thrown down the drain, this shocking statistic also contributes to the depletion of our Earth’s non-renewable resources, emitting huge quantities of greenhouse gases that contribute significantly to global warming. Thankfully, more and more people are now choosing to shop second hand in a bid to reduce waste and lessen the impact our purchases have on our one and only planet.

If you are someone who is new to vintage shopping and are looking for a guide on how to look stylish when shopping second hand, you’ve come to the right place. Today, we look at 6 handy tips that will have you looking your Sunday best even when you’re head to toe in second hand items. Read on to find out more!

Know Where To Shop

Okay, we made that one up, but you get the gist of what we’re trying to say. When it comes to second hand shopping, being selective and knowing where to shop is key to finding stylish high quality pieces. Like most things in life, finding the perfect second hand shopping spots that cater to your individual tastes will take time and luck. But with a little research and experience, you’ll eventually figure out which stores to visit and which ones to miss. You could even join a couple of Facebook groups dedicated to vintage/op-shopping to find out about local second hand stores that you may have not heard of before. With patience and motivation, anything is possible.

There are literally thousands of listings you can comb through to find your perfect outfit match, so grab a cup of tea and get ready to start scrolling.

Prioritise Quality Over Quantity

With so many discounted items everywhere you look, it can be all too tempting to purchase dozens of cheap pieces just to satisfy your brain with that temporary surge in dopamine. As difficult as it is to control those spending urges, it is vital to prioritise quality over quantity when shopping at an op-store or second hand vintage outlet.

Avoid buying low quality items, or even worse, clothing that doesn’t even fit you just because it’s a bargain. Leave them for someone else to enjoy, and instead, spend your precious pennies on stylish, high quality pieces that you’ll be able to wear for years to come. Sure, these pieces may cost a little more, but you’re guaranteed a purchase that won’t rip into half after two washes. Most importantly, better quality clothing translates to a more sophisticated looking you, so follow this handy piece of advice if you always want to look your Sunday best!

Always Inspect Items For Damage

The last thing you want is to pick up an amazing looking outfit or piece from the local op-shop only to find out that it is stained or damaged on the day you plan on using it. This is why inspecting your purchases for damage (before you actually pay for them) is key. Unless you’re good with a sewing machine, damaged items are only going to end up making you look frumpy as opposed to fabulous. At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter if you’re wearing a vintage Chanel dress if there is a giant hole or stain on it. Yikes!

Skip Fast Fashion Trends

Trends are just that – trends. What is in fashion this week will probably be considered “cheugy” within the next three months, so if you’re looking to curate a stylish wardrobe, we highly recommend staying away from trending pieces on your next trip to the secondhand store. Equally important as staying away from trends is avoiding fast-fashion pieces like the plague. With that said, we do understand that not everyone can afford to shop sustainably and that fast fashion does have its place in society (we have no room for elitism here). However, if you have the means to do so, we suggest skipping the cheaply made fast fashion items in favour of higher quality pieces or brands that can stand the test of time.

Take Note Of Your Measurements

Even the most stylish of outfits can look less than amazing if it doesn’t fit well or suit your body proportions. This is why taking note of your measurements is so important before heading to your local op-shop or vintage store. Clothing sizes vary dramatically from brand to brand, especially so when we’re talking about vintage sizing. Additionally, many op-shops don’t allow customers to try clothing on or simply don’t have fitting room facilities for you to check if something fits. To ensure you find the perfect fit, take your measurements in advance and keep them stored in the notes application on your phone.

Say NO To Fake Designer Goods

Last but not least, as tempting as it may be to spend your last $50 on a fake Gucci or Chanel bag, we suggest saving the money for something better – like groceries or whatever. Over the last couple of decades, the boom in designer knock-offs has everyone flaunting a fake Hermes scarf or Prada bag, but we urge our readers to think twice before spending your hard earned money on dupes. This is because most knock-offs feature bad threading, irregular logo placement and less than stellar quality material – all the things that will make you look more tacky than trailblazing. At the end of the day, you don’t need anything expensive to look stylish, so skip the dupes and focus your attention on the other 5 pointers in

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