THE SECOND HAND STYLE EDIT

Welcome to the first edition of The Second Hand Style Edit. The series will involve sharing some of our favourite second hand fashion finds from recent months, hopefully showing that you don’t always need to shop brand new when updating your wardrobe. There are many amazing ‘on trend’ and vintage second hand pieces to be found (for a fraction of the original price) if you look in the right places.

Alex kicks off the series with a look into her recent finds…

There is no better feeling than sifting through charity shop rails and uncovering an absolute bargain. The thought of the charity shops opening up again soon makes me want to jump for joy. But until then, I will have to settle for other means of satisfying my thrifted-fashion-fix, primarily through Depop.

We are only on month three of 2021, but I have already picked up a few great pieces that I can’t wait to share with all the other fashion-obsessed, thrift-aholics out there. Enjoy!

First up is this amazing satin ruched crop top in olive green that I found on Depop – I absolutely love the colour of this! It’s super flattering with a V neck-line, hook-and-eye fastening and frill sleeves. My favourite way of pairing this is with these stone-coloured trousers.

Next up is this lilac Iets Frans tank top. It’s originally from Urban Outfitters but hella expensive when bought new (why spend more when you can spend less, am I right?). I picked it up from Depop for a lot cheaper, and it is still pretty much brand new.

As is the situation for many others, the company I work for has gone completely remote, so the need for loungewear is at an all-time high. I love cropped sweatshirts (I have many) but wanted to find a set with joggers to match, so that I could be comfy for work whilst looking put-together at the same time. After browsing Depop, I found the perfect WFH fit – this light pink/nude Puma loungewear two-piece. It’s super comfortable, looks great, and I got it for a fraction of the original price.

I absolutely adore the cropped cardigan trend going on at the moment; they combine comfort and style so perfectly. I picked up this lovely blue cardi from Depop for £4, I repeat, £4!! It doesn’t get much better than that.

Everyone needs black jeans; let’s be real. Around a month ago, I tore a massive hole in my go-to black jeans that I had owned for years (also second-hand), so it was time to invest in a new pair. I wanted to get some that would be long-lasting, and there is arguably no better denim brand than Levi’s, so it was game on to find an affordable replacement. Hats off to Depop once again, as I picked up this pair of Ribcage Wide Leg jeans for half the original price! They go with EVERYTHING.

Okay, so this technically isn’t a 2021 purchase (my boyfriend bought it late last year), BUT I have recently been stealing it from him, and it’s second-hand, so it’s going in the blog post. I love a good sweatshirt, and this is such a great piece! It’s made with thick material and the colour goes with all sorts of outfits. I also really like the ‘Duke University’ graphic on the front. We bought it from a Bristol-based vintage shop called Patina – check them out!

I love the puffer gilet trend; I think they look super cool, so, I had to get my hands on one immediately! With my birthday money, I picked up this Berghaus gilet from Depop. It goes with everything and looks especially good when layering over a hoodie or sweatshirt, for example.

I am an absolute sucker for high neck tops; they look so nice with absolutely everything and instantly make an outfit look put together and trendy. I picked this up this white one from Depop (originally from Zara) and find myself reaching for it constantly – it looks great by itself, under t-shirts, long sleeved tops, hoodies and sweatshirts.

Let me know your favourite piece in the comments, or share some of your best second-hand finds of the year so far!

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