I recently received some second-hand clothing. Sometimes I feel a little weird about featuring second-hand clothing on the blog because a) I didn't choose/buy it myself b) it feels a little like cheating. By cheating, I mean here I am saying "I'm doing my best to curate an ethical wardrobe, and you can too!" while receiving fast fashion freebies. I mean, that makes it a little too easy, doesn't it?
On the other hand, these clothes are used. Someone already wore them and instead of throwing them away, passed them on to someone else. In a way, it's sort of like thrifting. I know I've give clothes to friends and relatives that no longer worked for me. At least these clothes are getting more use. I imagine a grown woman receiving hand-me-downs is not normal for most, but as a life-long hand-me-down-wearer, I thought I might share these tips on receiving second-hand clothing anyway:
1. Keep only what fits your style
2. Keep only what fits your body
3. Keep only what you're sure you'll wear
4. Keep only like-new item
5. Keep basics, send formerly trendy things on to the charity shop
I'm especially grateful for the plain cardigans I was given. I murdered several of my favorite knits in the wash this past year. (Yes, I know knits aren't supposed to go into the dryer, and usually not the washer, but sometimes they sneak in anyway. Sneaky knits)! I just mentioned keep only what fits, but I think an over-sized boyfriend cardigan is an exception to the rule, right?
Do you have any second-hand clothing items from a friend, cousin or sister? What are your thoughts on receiving free used clothes?
Annette Hanshaw - I Like What You Like, 1932
cardigan: second-hand (similar)