10 Tips for Sustainable Shopping ‚ú®

10 Tips for Sustainable Shopping ‚ú®

Out with the new, in with the old ūü¶©

If you want to save the world and look good doing it, check out our tips and tricks to make the most of your sustainable clothing shopping ✨

 Reasons to shop Vintage & Second-Hand

  • Slow Fashion, Long Lasing ūüėĆ
    Vintage garb was made to last. The clothes have a much longer lifespan and can be repaired more easily than what you'll typically find new on the high street
  • Give an Old Dress a Home ūüź∂
    Did you know that over 350,000 tonnes of clothing goes to a landfill every year in the UK? Or that fast fashion contributes to at least 10% of carbon emissions worldwide - it's the second largest pollutive industry behind oil
  • Express Urself ūüíĄ
    Vintage often means unique. You're unlikely to find the same thing twice in a vintage or second-hand store, and the clothing styles will vary depending on the era they're from
  • Affordability ūüęį
    The draw of fast fashion is the price - it's affordable and that makes it appealing. But you know the saying - buy cheap, buy twice. Vintage and second-hand clothing can be affordable if you look in the right places, and the product will last much longer

10 Tips for Sustainable Shopping

  1. Know Your Measurements

    You can't rely on clothing labels on modern clothing, and sizes have fluctuated over the decades. The size on the label of vintage and second-hand items might not be exactly what you expect when you try them on - so it's worth knowing your cms and inches before you head out

  2. Try Before you Buy

    Try the clothing on in-store to check the fit and style before you commit to a purchase - the sizing and measurements might check out, but the the outfit might look completely different on than on the hanger

  3. Button it

    Check the zippers and buttons - some might be missing or not working properly. But don't let this stop you from buying something you really want - you can customise it to make it a totally unique piece! Replace missing buttons with quirky, unusual clips or cute heart-shaped buttons

  4. Sole Purpose

    As with buttons and zips, always check the soles of shoes for wear - unlike buttons and zips though, a worn sole is not an easy fix

  5. It's Been Awhile

    Check for stains. Some might be easily washable, others might need to be worked a bit more - and some might be a total loss. Get to grips with different fabrics and how to wash them accordingly, but if something has a deep-set stain, don't buy it

  6. Find Your Fave

    Not all shops are made the same - you'll find that some second-hand and vintage stores will appeal more to you more than others. Spend your time in these stores as you're more likely to find something you like

  7. Do the Rounds

    These shops aren't like your typical fast fashion high street stores; think primary school jumble sale vibes. It pays off to look in every the section of the shop - you'll often find things hidden where you least expect

  8. Watch the Weight

    Whether you're at a kilo sale, in-store or online, and you are getting a little bit carried away with all the sparkles and fabrics (it happens to me all the time), the cost of your shop can easily add up. Set a budget and stick to it - or stick to it as best you can

  9. Have an Open Mind

    It's good to have a loose plan when you go shopping because the amount of clothing you'll see can be overwhelming, especially if it's your first time. But remember to keep an open mind - it's unlikely that you'll find exactly what you want, but that's part of the charm of second-hand shopping

  10. Enjoy Yourself!

    Shopping shouldn't be stressful - sustainable shopping is fun and exciting, and a chance to delve into your fashion inspo and really express yourself. Get out there and enjoy it!

For more on sustainable fashion, click here!

Back to blog

Leave a comment

Please note, comments need to be approved before they are published.