These days, we have more clothing options than ever before. And while this variety certainly makes it easier to explore personal style, it comes with a serious dark side. Fast fashion is flooding the world with practically disposable clothing options, which in turn wreak havoc on the environment and leave garment workers struggling to keep up.
The enormity of it all makes me long for all things unique, craftsman-made, and imbued with story. So, as a colorful ethical fashion lover on a budget, I've chosen to simplify my shopping habits and make secondhand stores a first priority.
If you, too, are looking to lessen your toll on the environment but find thrift shopping overwhelming, this guide can help you take the plunge. Here’s a breakdown of clothing items you should look to buy secondhand versus the ones that are better purchased new, plus a few top thrifting tips sprinkled throughout. Happy shopping!