With the extra time spent at home during the current pandemic, comes extra time for delicious home-made meals, interesting hobbies, and lots of online shopping. Sometimes you can get lost for hours online shopping as you try to cop seasonal and holiday deals — especially for clothing. Unfortunately, these fast fashion purchases take a huge toll on the environment. As informed by the Ellen MacArthur Foundation, 87% of the material used for clothing production is either thrown away in landfills or burned and destroyed. What a waste, right?
So what can you do to help? One solution: thrift shopping! Instead of purchasing an entirely new outfit, shop for used clothing that fits your style. Not only do you get to save your coin, you also get to have fun curating unique outfits. In case you need some inspiration, take a look at what these thrifting kings and queens are doing:
This TikTok user picked up the hobby of sewing during quarantine, and now people are asking her for tutorials.
Who knew you could create super cute two-pieces out of almost anything!
What started as self-taught skills through the internet, has now turned into plans of going to fashion school for this TikTok user:
If you like Kamila’s work, you can shop for her curated pieces here.
The fun part about thrift shopping is that you can completely flip around a piece of clothing into something that fits your style and body. Take a look at this thrift flip:
Who knew a golf t-shirt could look so stylish.
So don’t worry if you feel a piece of clothing looks unflattering on you. With a couple of adjustments, you’ll be looking fly in no time.
Now this is fashion.
You can even turn something as boring as a nightgown into a super cute dress.
So much skill!
When it comes to altering thrifted jeans, there’s a hack for that too.
Now your jeans can fit you snatched at the waist. You’re welcome.
For a little bit of fun, you can even experiment with bleach dye on your thrifted jeans.
These jeans look like they came out of a Backstreet Boys music video, and they’re stunning.
If you struggle with figuring out creative ways to alter your thrift finds, create a fashion mood board for inspiration.
This will definitely help get your creative juices flowing.
The more you practice, the more you’ll start to look like a fashion model.
You can call it: a model on a budget.
And what should you do with all the extra scraps of clothing? Here’s an idea:
According to the Ellen MacArther Foundation, “less than 1% of material used to produce clothing is recycled into new clothing, representing a loss of more than USD 100 billion worth of materials each year.” So don’t let those extra scraps of clothing go to waste! Get creative and try to figure out ways you can use the scraps to create something else.
If you’d rather thrift shop online instead of going to a thrift store in person, this YouTuber will show you how he does it.
Nothing beats a rare and stylish vintage find. Plus, your outfit will stand out from all the other fast fashion clothing.
On the less expensive side, there’s also sites like thredUP. This YouTuber shows you all the price comparisons of the clothes she buys and it’s shocking how much money she saves.
Before you visit another name brand store to buy some new clothes, make sure to scan through thredUP first. As highlighted by the New York Times, more than 60 percent of fabric fibers are now synthetics, which are derived from fossil fuels. This means that once people’s clothes end up in the landfills, it will not decay. Crazy, right?
Little do most folks know that a brand new outfit can cause so much harm to the environment, which is why online thrift shops are a huge help. Who knows, you might come across some crazy deals too.
You can even find online thrift shops where you can buy, sell, and trade pieces specific to certain fashion eras.
If you’re a fan of 90’s streetwear fashion, then you must check out the Instagram profile above.
Whether you do your thrift shopping online or in person, it’s all about rocking your thrifted outfits in confidence, just like this guy:
Even though thrift shopping can be overwhelming because there’s so many items to choose from, take your time and always shop with a vision in mind. Whether you draw inspiration from your favorite fashion icons, TV characters, or movie stars, figure out what catches your eye and stick to it. And remember to never judge thrifted clothing by it’s initial appearance. There’s always a way to make something stylish if you get creative with it. Plus, you’ll have all of the fun videos above for inspiration.
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