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How to Be Chic, Unique AND Eco-Friendly: The Thrift Movement

Kamrin BrownComment
How to Be Chic, Unique AND Eco-Friendly: The Thrift Movement
These slacks were thrifted - $6 for Ann Taylor from Value Village!

These slacks were thrifted - $6 for Ann Taylor from Value Village!

Imagine this: you finally pull the trigger and purchase a pair of jeans you’ve been eyeing for weeks. You excitedly bring them home, plan out how you will wear them, and rock the jeans proudly…only to discover that 10 other people have the same pair. Don’t you hate when that happens? There are only 2 real ways to solve that problem: either buy custom or higher end pieces (which fewer people will have at the much-less-reasonable price point), or thrift! Thrifting is the much more feasible option (not to mention it being a mood and a lifestyle), and I’m here to explain why.

 

 I’ve always had a thing for thrifting, but it’s a totally different vibe for me now, as my style has evolved and changed. I thrift much more in recent times because I love how unique many thrift store finds are. I’ve found amazing one-of-a-kind pieces buried deep in the racks of the shops, and all for dirt cheap! I can confidently and comfortably wear items I thrifted, knowing that virtually no one else will have the same item. I’m all about originality and uniqueness in style, and there’s no better place to find both!

 

Another great reason to thrift: you can find many of the currently trending and classic pieces for pennies in comparison to retail price! One of my favorite style influencers, The Notorious KIA, recently did a video in which she compared Zara’s current lineup with items regularly found in the thrift store (check it out here), and it was brilliant! In my own experience, I’ve found many of the oversized blazers, scarf prints and mock croc (currently trending) at significantly lower prices than what’s currently on the market. So thrifting is a great way to stay on trend AND pocket friendly!

 

Thrifted blazer ($7) and belt ($3). What a steal! Some blazers are on sale for hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars at retail price.

Thrifted blazer ($7) and belt ($3). What a steal! Some blazers are on sale for hundreds (if not thousands) of dollars at retail price.

One reason that makes me feel really good about thrifting is how eco-friendly it is. The fashion industry is very wasteful, and it’s easy to spend a lot of money on clothes (with constantly changing trends) that ultimately sit in the closet and collect dust. At least with thrifting, clothing has a second chance at life. Sure, items are preowned, but many items that end up on the racks of the thrift store come with their original tags. As long as you dry clean or wash the clothes before wearing them, you’re good to go!

 

I do hope that I’ve been able to convince you on the benefits of thrifting. It’s a great way to be a sustainable fashionista, while keeping up with the latest trends! Have you thrifted before? If so, how do you like it?