Many people don’t see clothes as “What can I turn this into?” and instead “What can I wear this with?”. There is so many different things you can do to clothes to repurpose them and give them new life. Some people do know what they can do with clothing but don’t want to ruin any of their nice new clothes. This is where secondhand shopping and thrifting comes into play. You can go to a local store and get a t-shirt for just a couple dollars or a sweatshirt for five dollars. You’d feel a lot less guilty if something didn’t turn out on a five dollar sweatshirt than a fifty dollar sweatshirt. You can take the t-shirts you buy secondhand and crop them to a desired length. Another thing you can do with them is take two shirts and cut them right down the middle or off to one side and then sew the pieces from the two shirts to make two new shirts. A sweatshirt or a pair of jeans can also be cropped to a desired length. You can bleach or dye anything, whether that be jeans, shirts or sweatshirts for a new look. There are endless possibilities that you can do with secondhand clothing and I only touched on a few. Pinterest is always a great place to find inspiration.
While many women are definitely thrifting clothes and buying secondhand, the question of whether or not men should do it too is brought up. My answer is yes, men should also be thrifting. Men’s clothing is just as expensive if not more than women’s and being able to buy something for half the amount of brand new while still being in great condition of is a steal to me. They should also participate in this because it just another step towards helping with the impact of fast fashion on our environment and the pollution that comes along with it. This allows them to change up their closet more often while wasting less. This doesn’t just mean that they should only buy their clothes secondhand. Buying something brand new is always fun and a great treat, but the smart way to approach this would be to sell some of your clothes you don’t wear anymore or donate them so someone else can continue to wear them.
Welcome to our first blog! Here we will talk about the idea of secondhand shopping. In doing this you are helping with the impact of fast fashion on the environment. Shopping secondhand not only can help save the environment but also will feel really good on your bank account. When you shop at thrift store or from stores that buy people’s clothes that they are getting rid of, the prices are typically anywhere from 30%-90% off the original price that you would be paying at the store. More and more today people are shopping secondhand because they don’t want to pay the high prices of brand new clothing all the time and if they want to DIY any of their clothing they don’t want to be doing it to a $60 sweatshirt or $70 pair of jeans.