It’s totally possible.
You see, sometimes “eco-fashion” or sustainable shopping sends our thoughts immediately to items that are made of hemp or some seemingly unattainable fabric and that seem high in price (more on that later, as I do believe that our price sensitivity has drastically changed since the inception of fast fashion, and also that the eco-friendly options out there are multiplying and quite stunning) – but if your budget doesn’t allow, or your personal taste hasn’t jived with any of the eco-friendly designers out there yet, thrifting is an excellent way to reduce your environmental footprint and save money. It also means you have a 10000% chance of not looking like everybody else – which I believe is a bonus, especially in an office environment.
So – on my way home from a meeting one day, I stopped into The Paul – the higher end version of Ottawa’s beloved St.Vincent De Paul Charity shop, and made away with (I’m saying it like that because I literally felt like a bandit who had to run out as soon as I made my purchase because it was too good) this 100% silk Babaton blouse for $15 (pictured, and happened to be on my list), and a pair of REAL suede pants for $20 (pictured, and which I’ve already worn about 3 different ways to multiple engagements), which I then had hemmed to an awkwardly ridiculous height to make them look a little more interesting. Which brings me to a next point – thrifting is an opportunity to tailor your clothes to exactly how you want them. Because the initial price is a little less than what you would pay retail, there is some cushion to customize. And in an age where we praise individuality but everybody seems to look the same, this is key.
My shoes are secondhand Manolo Blahniks that I found on therealreal.com. If you haven’t checked this site out yet – do, the product and prices are usually good enough to justify the shipping costs. My bag is vintage Burberry, courtesy of my mom from when we used to live in the UK.
What’s your favourite thrifted find? I’d love to know!
Thank you Melody Iafelice for the photos!