Your local charity shop is definitely the Savvy Student’s best friend for a fashion bargain.
Honestly, why would you go to the High Street when you can find some incredible bargains in charity shops. My mum bought a pair of gold Valentino trousers for £10 in the Cancer Research shop in Ashbourne and I recently picked up a Gucci clutch for £3!
When I heard that Emma Slade Edmondson was going to recreate London Fashion Week looks live in a British Red Cross shop, using only the clothes she found there, I was excited to see the results. I met Emma on 24 April when she was styling customers at the Designer Jumble shop in Westfield Stratford for Fashion Revolution Day, an initiative founded by my mother. I had seen the results of her work, so I had high expectations of some great results at #charityfashionlive and I certainly wasn’t disappointed.
Why is shopping second-hand so important?
“1 million tonnes of clothes go to the landfill each year. Fast fashion has created a climate in which people have a throwaway relationship with their clothes. As a result of this people and the environment are readily exploited by the garment industry. If we all extended the active use of our clothes for just 3 months, we could each cut down on our
carbon and water and waste footprint by up to 10%.” explained Emma
It was great to see that some of the designers themselves supported this initiative. Sibling tweeted: OK, this gets 100×100 Sibling vote. Kyla La Grange shared one of the Sibling looks and Kirsty Allsopp, Jasper Conran and Poppy Dinsey (founder WIWT.com) got involved over twitter.