This year, I have been trying not to make any unnecessary purchases, including clothes. I’ve also been trying to use up and clear out what I already have before buying any more. This has been going fairly successfully, however, the other day I gave in to the temptation to buy clothes. I was finding myself getting bored of the same old outfits and wanting something different to wear.
To be more eco-friendly, I decided to hit the charity shops (thrift stores) and buy second-hand instead of buying brand new clothes. I also tried out Depop for the first time and found a couple of items on there. It is always more eco-friendly to buy clothes second hand, and the great thing about shopping from charity shops is that you are supporting charities too!
I managed to get some great items at a fraction of their original price. In this post, I will be taking the opportunity to share my eco-friendly clothing haul with you. I hope you enjoy reading the post and seeing what I bought!
An Eco-Friendly Clothing Haul
1. New Look blue and white cami top – £3.50 from a charity shop
I really like the colour and pattern of this top, but unfortunately, it is a little too big for me so I probably won’t keep it. The disadvantage of buying clothes in charity shops or online is that you can’t always try them on before buying them. In this case, I was unlucky with the sizing, but this is still a lovely top. I plan to sell it on Depop for less than I bought it for.
2. Hollister blue and green checked shirt – £3.50 from a charity shop
I really like this shirt, the material is soft and cosy. It will make a great addition to an Autumnal outfit. It fits well and I can’t wait to wear it!
3. Warehouse cream dress – £5 from a charity shop
I thought the dress would look nice as part of a formal outfit, and I like the detailing of the bow. However, when I tried it on at home, I was not too sure. The dress fits well but the pale colour doesn’t look particularly nice on me. I plan to try it styled in a few different ways, but if it doesn’t work, I will sell it on Depop.
4. Marks & Spencer’s basic black top – £3 from a charity shop
You can’t go wrong with a plain black top, and this will definitely be a useful addition to my wardrobe. Luckily, it fits perfectly so I’m sure I will get plenty of use out of it.
5. M&Co khaki off-the-shoulder top – £4 from a charity shop
M&Co is not a brand I would usually buy from but this top appealed to me. I like to wear khaki because it brings out the green in my eyes. The off-shoulder style is unique and pretty and I think this will be a nice top to wear on warmer Autumn days.
6. New Look light blue striped top – £4 from a charity shop
New Look is one of my favourite brands, and this is a nice casual top that will be perfect for summer (when it comes back around!) I like the stripes and the floral detailing on the shoulders. It fits perfectly.
7. Urban Outfitters white broderie top – £16.20 from Depop
This is the most expensive of my purchases in this haul, however, it was a lot cheaper to buy second-hand than new. I tried this top on in Urban Outfitters a couple of months ago and I really liked it. However, it was priced at £36 and I didn’t want to pay so much for it. Luckily, I found it on Depop for £16.20, and it is brand new with tags on. This is definitely a summer top so I will be storing it up to wear when the weather gets warm again!
8. Topshop coral jumper – £6.50 from Depop
I bought this jumper from the same seller I bought the white broderie top from. It’s in great condition and super cosy and warm. I really like the coral colour and the oversized style, and I know I am going to get a lot of wear out of it.
How much did I spend on my eco-friendly clothing haul?
In total, I spent £45.70 on these 8 items which is far less than their original prices would have added up to. I will be keeping at least 6 of them, and any that I decide not to keep I will sell on Depop (for less than I bought them for) and make a bit of money back.
I hope you enjoyed reading this post and that it has shown that it is possible to get some great clothing items second-hand. I also hope it has encouraged you to think about eco-friendly options the next time you are tempted to have a clothing haul!
What is your favourite item from my haul? Have you done any eco-friendly shopping lately? Do you shop in charity shops? Have you ever tried Depop? Let me know in the comments below!