Top Fashion Trends Repeated from the Past

One of the key reasons to why people dislike second-hand fashion is probably because they think second-hand clothes are always outdated and not following the latest fashion trends. If you are one of these people, you should think again! You may not realise, but many fashion trends are either adapted or repeated (maybe with a slight tweak) from the past! Whether it is from a few years back, or even decades, history tends to repeat itself, especially in the fashion world.

Here are some of the top fashion trends that are repeated from the past:

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Fringe

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Flared Jeans

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Overalls

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Chokers

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And just basically anything denim!

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The fashion industry often prides itself in innovation, however, as you can see, some of today’s most on-trend looks are actually borrowed from the past. So next time you think second-hand or thrifted items are old fashioned and outdated, don’t forget that fashion trends always return! Even if you find something at the thrift shop that isn’t popular right this moment, who knows maybe that trend could resurface within months, or you could even bring back a popular trend from the past!

What are your favourite reoccurring fashion trends? Would love to hear your opinion!

 

WL

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The Wonders of DIY – Household Goods Edition

As a follow up from my previous blog post, I’ve found some pretty amazing things you can do with old/thrifted clothes (some even I have never even thought of!). Not only can you easily restyle old/thrifted clothes with a pair of scissors and some thread, you could also repurpose them into these awesome and handy household goods!

Transform a tank top into tote bags

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Shirt pillow covers – you can never have enough pillows!diy-repurposed-shirt-pillow-cover

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Plant pot slip covers – add a little colour to your pot plants!diy_plant_pot_covers

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Storage boxes made from a cardboard box and a sweater – these storage boxes look way better than any storage box I own, or in fact any that I could buy in a store!img_0840

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Sweater Lamp Shades – great way to decorate your home and to add some cozy lighting!sweatlampcollage

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Pant legs to wine bag – one of my favourite ideas!jeans-copy

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From a shirt to a cat tent – who knew?!

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Sweatshirt pet bed – so cute!

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How cool are these ideas? So before you’re about to chuck out some old clothes that you no longer want to wear, or you find a shirt with a stunning pattern or colour at a thrift shop but you just can’t picture yourself wearing it, think of all the cool things you can do with them!

Do you guys have any other awesome ideas to repurpose clothing? I would love to know what you guys think!

WL

The Wonders of DIY

Found something at a thrift shop with a really cute pattern or in an amazing colour, but not a big fan of the style? Have something in your closet that you don’t think you’ll ever wear again so you’re planning to chuck it out? Why not think again and see whether you can change things up little! There are literally millions of ways you can restyle a piece of clothing, whether it is simply by picking up a pair of scissors or putting a thread through a needle.

Here are some of my favourite DIY ideas:

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This is just way too cute I had to include it! Turning daddy’s shirts into cute baby clothes

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Some awesome ways to restyle your jeans!

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And the best for last. Heard of the brand Yeezy? Seen a Kardashian rocking a pair of Yeezy boots and you’re absolutely in love but you just have no time for long lines and waiting lists, and of course don’t want to pay a fortune for a pair of boots? Check out this AWESOME idea originally by Shay Cherise (@thenuvogue). Get your hands on a pair of these DIY Yeezy boots (and honestly I think they look exactly the same as the actual ones!) simply by putting a pair of socks over some stilettos, snip a hole at the heel, then TA-DA! Screen Shot 2016-10-22 at 5.46.54 pm.png

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Also check out her video tutorial on how to make them!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XfmNGMbWHG0&ab_channel=CarliBybel

Like I mentioned in my previous posts, if we could simply extend the lifecycle of our clothes by 9 months, we can reduce the water footprint of our clothing by 30%. A whopping 30%! And honestly it’s not that hard to extend the lifecycle of our clothes, whether it is just making sure you follow the wash instructions and preserve the quality of your clothes, or if you’re sick of them you could always sell or swap them for other clothes, letting other people extend the lifecycle for you. But don’t be afraid to get a little creative and change up the styles or come up with ways to rework your items!

What are some of your favourite DIY ideas? I would love to hear some of your ideas!

 

WL

Online preloved fashion marketplaces

Have I finally managed to convince you of the benefits to second-hand fashion yet? Interested but not sure where to start? If you have read my previous posts you may already know, but local markets and thrift shops are definitely a great place to start! I would personally recommend going to a local market first, since there’s always be plenty of other things to do at the markets like food, live music and entertainment, and also just the fun and relaxed vibes of markets. Sometimes going to a thrift store can be a little overwhelming at first, but once you’ve had a few rummages, you won’t stop going back!

But if you’re interested, and just really don’t have the time to head out to the markets or the thrift shop, whether it’s because of too much work or university assignments, why not try out these online platforms to buy and sell preloved fashion! Here are my top 5 favourite online preloved fashion marketplaces:

Here are my top 5 online preloved fashion marketplaces:

eBay – One of the largest and oldest online platforms for buying and selling basically anything, eBay is a great marketplace for second-hand fashion. In fact, founder and executive chairman of Nasty Gal (a well-known American fashion retailer) Sophia Amoruso, actually started off the business by selling vintage clothes on eBay! (Download the eBay app herea!)

Etsy – Etsy is known for being an online marketplace where millions of users buy and sell unique vintage and handmade items. You can definitely find some really fun and quirky stuff on Esty. (Also available on mobile – download here)

Asos Marketplace – Any fashion lover would know or at least heard of Asos, as it is one of the largest online fashion retailers. But did you know there is an Asos Marketplace? With hundreds of active sellers, you’ll be able to find the hottest and most unique vintage designs. They do also source products from small vintage boutiques which aren’t second-hand so be careful when browsing! But the best thing about Asos Marketplace is that it offers a HUGE variety of styles since it’s worldwide!

Carousell – a great online (and mobile! Download the app here) marketplace to buy and sell preloved goods. Simply snap to sell and chat to buy! There’s a great variety of secondhand goods, from fashion to beauty products and even automobiles! You can chat to buyers and sellers through a private chat feature, where you can negotiate prices and ask for more information/images. To make your life easier, you can also sort items by nearest, recent, popular and location.

Shedd – Not as big and well-known as the others, however, Shedd is an app dedicated to buying and selling preloved fashion. Great and easy way to make some money from clothes that you no longer want by simply snapping and posting your goods online within seconds. Remember, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure! (Download Android version here)

What are some of your favourite online platforms for second-hand fashion? Would love to know if there are other sites and apps!

 

WL

Easy Thrifted Halloween Costumes

As a follow up from my previous post, and with Halloween being only 2 weeks away, I wanted to share with you a few of my favourite costume ideas for Halloween that can be easily bought from a thrift shop, or even with the things you already have in your closet!

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1.Wednesday Addams – all you need is a little black dress to wear over a white collared shirt. A bonus if you can find some white or black long socks/stockings. You will also definitely get the chance to wear the white shirt and black dress again, whether you wear it together or separately, you can’t go wrong with a simple white top and a pair of jeans or a little black dress!

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2. Audrey Breakfast at Tiffany’s – another easy costume where you’ll need a little black dress (you can never go wrong with the little black dress! It’s a must-have in every girl’s wardrobe). Finish the look off with black gloves, sunnies, heels and a pearl necklace and earings. Bonus if you can find a cigarette holder.

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3. Cher from Clueless – as most thrift stores have pretty funky things, it shouldn’t be hard to find a plaid blazer. To complete the look, you’ll need a mini skirt (even better if you can find a plaid and matching one, I’m only saying this from experience because I’ve definitely spotted a few sets in the countless thrift stores I’ve been to!), a white shirt, and knee high socks. Bonus if you have an old school flip phone and basically designer anything.

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4. Tom Cruise from Risky Business – you might not even need to go to the thrift shop for this. All you need is an oversized white button-up shirt (if you don’t own one go raid your boyfriend’s/dad’s wardrobe!), some white socks and black sunnies.

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5. Prom Queen or Bridesmaid – what girl doesn’t like having an occasion where they can dress nicely? You’re bound to find a few extravagant dresses from thrift stores, or if you could even ask your friends for their old prom/formal dresses.

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6. Macklemore from Thrift Shop – best costume of all. You’ll need a huge fur coat that’s both ridiculous and fabulous at the same time, and basically anything animal print.

And don’t forget you can always spice up your costume with a little makeup!

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What are your favourite Halloween costumes?

WL

Thrift shops – the best place for affordable costumes

With Oktoberfest coming to an end and Halloween just around the corner, I was reminded of the fun and excitement of planning costumes! There are multiple occasions throughout the year where you could dress up for, for example (other than the two I’ve already mentioned) Christmas, St. Patricks Day, Day of the dead, Mardi Gras and basically any themed or costume party you go to.

So what would be the first thing that pops into your mind? ‘I need to go buy a new costume!’

But the reality is, no, you don’t need to buy a new costume.

Why spend money on a costume that you are most likely going to wear once (let’s admit it, you won’t want to wear the same outfit for another event even if it matches the theme), then throw away, when you can easily put together an outfit from either what you already have in your closet, get a little creative and spice up your costume with some accessories, or from buying pieces from the thrift store! There are often HUGE varieties of clothing in thrift stores, it’s highly unlikely that you would not be able to find something that would match the theme of the party you are dressing up for.

This time last year I went on exchange to Amsterdam and did my fair share of travelling around Europe, and of course, I couldn’t miss the chance of going to Germany’s largest festival and basically one of the most spirited parties in the world, Oktoberfest! Apart from the beer, dressing up would probably be the next best thing at Oktoberfest, and I definitely wasn’t going to rock up without dressing the part. However, just like any other university student, especially the ones on exchange, I had to limit my spending as much as possible and therefore I had a tight budget for basically anything I did. Buying new clothes was definitely not in the picture, especially buying a costume that I was literally going to wear once and never touch ever again. So what did I do? Thrift shopped!

I practically lived off thrift shops when I was on exchange, whether it was for a costume or just normal everyday wear. There were so many cool and quirky thrift shops around Amsterdam, some of my favourites were Episode, the Kilo Shop and of course the local markets, and so it wasn’t hard for me to find something to wear for Oktoberfest.

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Me (on the left) with a friend at Oktoberfest, Munich 2015.

My outfit may not have been as ‘traditional’ as others, but I definitely did not feel out of place. My whole outfit was either bought second-hand or borrowed from a friend, nothing brand new! I scored a green suede skirt from Episode for just 20 Euros (and it’s extremely good quality), my white top was borrowed from one of my flatmates, and my shoes were just $30 Australian I bought ages ago from an op shop in Melbourne. The best part is that I can easily wear these pieces separately on a normal day and it would be an entirely different outfit! Didn’t waste money on a costume that I would only wear once then chuck out, with the material most likely to be pretty bad quality that even if I wanted to wear it a second time, it may not last that long.

So the next time you’re planning a costume, (e.g. Halloween is coming up!), think twice before buying a new costume! If you really can’t find anything that you already have in your closet to play around with, don’t forget there are always thrift stops! And if you’re stuck for ideas and don’t know what to dress up as for your next party, pop into a thrift shop for some inspiration!

 

WL

Thrifting Tips

I hope by now I have convinced you of the many benefits of thrift shopping. Not only can you score great pieces for low prices, but you’re also doing your part in helping your community by decreasing your environmental footprint. But where or how do you start? Here are a few tips on how to make the most out of thrift shopping.

Bring a friend along – it’s always good to have a second opinion, and who doesn’t like shopping with friends?

Try things on – sizes are different for every brand and therefore, what the tag says on the shirt may not be very accurate. Don’t be afraid to try things on because if you don’t, you might buy something that just looks good on the hanger, but not on you.

Wear a simple outfit that is easy to take on and off – in order to be able to easily try things on, make sure you go thrift shopping in a simple and comfortable outfit that won’t be too annoying to take on and off. That means no tight shirts or lace-up shoes. Also, stick to wearing separates instead of one pieces, that way when you try things on, you can see if they go with the clothes that you already own and know fit you, instead of having to go find some bottoms that you don’t really like just so you can try it on with the top that caught your eye.

If you won’t wear it, don’t buy it – sometimes we may get carried away by the cheap prices that thrift stores offer, however, you’re not saving money if you buy a shirt for $5 if it will just end up sitting in your closet.

Don’t be fooled by designer labels – don’t get carried away by a fancy label. Buy something because you like it. Yes, you may be lucky and find some designer clothing at extremely discounted prices at thrift stores, however, like the previous tip, don’t buy it if you won’t wear it.

Examine each item thoroughly – although you may already do this even when shopping at a department store, but it’s extremely important to check if there are any faults with the shirt before you buy it from a thrift store because unlike most department stores, you can’t exchange once you’ve bought it!

Be creative – found a pair of good quality jeans but you’re not entirely happy about the design? Get a little creative and change the design yourself by transforming them into a cute pair of shorts!

It doesn’t have to be perfect – If you find something amazing but it just happens to be the wrong size or missing a button or two, buy it and have it altered! However, just make sure you know what can or cannot be fixed. Some easy fixes would be basic tailoring like bringing up the hem, shortening sleeves or bringing in the waist. Medium fixes would be replacing buttons, zippers and other hardware or fixing rips in the fabric. Hard fixes would include mending damaged embellishments or tailoring heavily structured pieces like blazers. Some impossible fixes would be making something bigger that is too tight and repairing broken leather or fur.

Think layers – you can create some pretty awesome outfits by layering. You may find a shirt that has a great collar for layering underneath a sweater, but has a stain on the sleeve. If the stain doesn’t come off in the wash you could still wear by covering the stains through layering!

Wash your clothes – whatever you buy from the thrift store, make sure you put it in the wash immediately when you get home.

Check washing instructions – don’t pay $5 for a silk blouse if you are never going to dry-clean it.

Take your time and have fun – thrift stores are not usually as organised as department stores, so don’t be afraid to rummage through piles to find the right piece of clothing! Thrifting can also be loads of fun, especially with friends! And it’s also a great way to kill an afternoon on a weekend.

 

WL

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Australian sustainable fashion brands

When I say recycle your clothes by selling them or buying second-hand clothes, I don’t mean the ones you get from the fast-fashion retailers that sell relatively cheap and low-quality clothes. Yes, the rise of fast fashion has transformed the apparel industry, with fast fashion promoting a low quality/high turnover business model. Consequently, large retailers like H&M, Zara and Forever 21 are pressured into mass producing low-priced, and essentially low-quality, fashion to meet the needs of consumers.

So another way of reducing the environmental footprint of the fashion industry other than buying and selling second-hand, is to buy more sustainable clothing. Instead of buying cheaper, low-quality pieces of clothing at the large chain retailers, why not spend more on one piece of clothing and be guaranteed that it will last longer? As I mentioned in my previous blog post, if we could simply extend the lifecycle of our clothes by 9 months, we could potentially reduce the water footprint of our clothing by 30%! And if you can’t extend the lifecycle yourself? Sell it and let someone else do the job for you 🙂

Here’s a few Australian sustainable and ethical fashion brands to keep an eye out for:

KITX – acronym for Kindness, Integrity, Transparency and X (the future), KITX is an Australian ethical fashion brand that creates their products with ‘high frequency wear, superior quality and creative design while consciously sourcing materials that minimise harm to our planet’s precious resources’.

Rachael Cassar – Australian designer who creates amazing couture pieces loved and worn my many celebrities (including Rihanna, Tyra Banks, Ruby Rose and more!), from recycled materials. Cassar focuses on a process of deconstruction where she takes apart pre-loved pieces to produce luxurious eco designs.

Bhumi (means Mother Earth) – is a Australian fashion label which uses organic cotton, with a focus on making a  ‘positive impact on our planet and the people on it, by inspiring people to make positive consumer choices’.

The Social Studio – A non-for-profit social enterprise that is dedicated to helping young and talented Australians with a refugee or migrant background. All their products are 100% designed and made in Australia, handcrafted to the highest quality and with a minimal environmental footprint.

Bhalo (Bengali for ‘good’) – An Australian ethical fashion label produced in rural Bangladesh that creates limited edition garments using natural hand woven textiles, printing and embroidery.

Pure Pod – An Australian ethical fashion label that uses a range of high quality, eco-friendly and sustainable biodegradable fibres including organic cotton, bamboo, hemp, soy, merino wool and silk, to create contemporary, stylish and ethical clothing with an urban influence.

Edition – A zero-waste Australian fashion label that works with sustainable fabrics using zero-waste pattern design techniques to produce unique and multifunctional garments.

Eva Cassis – All designs are ‘created in a conscious framework, handmade in Sydney, using only beautifully ethically sourced materials and luxury natural fibres, whilst adopting systems that effectively ensure there is minimum waste’.

Avila – An Australian made fashion label dedicated to using high quality antural fabris with eco-friendly and sustainable considerations.

So remember, shop ethically and don’t always just go for the cheap! And if you’re really running low on cash and desperately need a new outfit? Go to your nearest thrift shop!

 

WL

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Fashion bloggers on second-hand

I’ve done a little digging and found a few sustainable fashion blogs that you should check out! And what’s so great about them? They all promote and love second-hand clothing! Whether it is on where and how to find great second-hand pieces, the story behind second-hand purchases, or how to look after them, they’ve got it all covered!

Check out these awesome blogs:

Recycled Fashion – Fashion blogger based in Australia dedicated to writing everything about sustainable fashion and finding those special recycled fashion wardrobe pieces!

The Second-hand Challenge – her amazing journey of buying only second-hand clothes for an entire year!

the Note Passer – How to gently and thoroughly clean your second-hand clothes

The Private Life of a Girl – Some benefits, rules and tips on second-hand shopping

Style Wise – from the second-hand challenge to the do’s and dont’s of second-hand fashion

Model4greenliving – Why giving up fast-fashion was one of the best things she’s done

 

WL

Top 5 markets in Sydney for second-hand fashion

Are you convinced of the many benefits of buying and selling second-hand clothing? Want to try it out but not sure where to start? Or are you still not quite convinced yet? Well, either way, pop around to one of these markets in Sydney and you’ll learn to love second-hand, vintage fashion!

I’ve ventured around Sydney to bring you the top 5 markets for the best second-hand finds:

Glebe Markets

http://www.glebemarkets.com.au/

Every Saturday 10am – 4pm

The go-to market to find amazing second-hand pieces. Glebe is a very popular market for many fashion lovers. It’s a frequent hangout for uni students and fashionistas, whether it is to stock up on some awesome vintage outfits or to sell their pre-loved clothes to fund their next shopping spree (or meal). It’s a great way to spend your Saturday, as there’s always live music from 12-3pm, some pretty funky food stalls and an area where you can relax and lie down on the grass and some vitamin D in you.

Rozelle Markets

http://rozellecollectorsmarket.com.au/

Every Saturday & Sunday 9am – 3pm

One of Sydney’s favourite outdoor second-hand, bric-a-brac and antique markets! With a history of over 20 years, the markets are located on the grounds of Rozelle Public School with a beautiful outdoor setting, and has earned a reputation for being a fantastic place to catch up with friends and to bag some unique finds. There’s a huge variety of pre-loved antiques, collectables, fashion, jewellery, art and music, you’re almost guaranteed to find something you’ll like. You may also come across some pretty awesome entertainment by some local performers.

Surry Hills Markets

http://shnc.org/events/surry-hills-markets/

First Saturday of every month 7am – 4pm

The Surry Hills Markets specialises in handmade, second-hand and recycled goods. You’ll be able to find a huge range of pre-loved and vintage fashion, from secondhand designer labels to some fun and quirky pieces. It’s run by the Surry Hills Neighbourhood Centre and proceeds go back into the local community. It is also located right across from Messina! Who can say no to ice-cream? 🙂

Kirribilli Markets 

http://www.thekirribillicentre.org/kirribilli-markets/

Art, Design & Fashion Market – second Sunday of every month 9am – 3pm

General Market – fourth Saturday of every month 7am – 3pm

Located on the Northern side of the Harbour Bridge, right by Milsons Point Station, the Kirribilli Markets presents up to 220 stalls offers a wide range of vintage and recycled fashion. Whether it is the Art, Design & Fashion Market, or the General Market, Kirribilli has a vibrant atmosphere stalls selling not only fashion, but antiques, homewares, collectibles and much more! With the General Market, like the name suggests, you will pretty much find anything and everything you could think of getting at a market. The markets are run by the Kirribilli Neighbourhood Centre, and once again all profits go straight back to the local community!

Bondi Markets

http://www.bondimarkets.com.au/

Every Sunday 10am – 4pm

Located on the beachfront of one of Sydney’s most famous beaches, the Bondi Markets is a great Sunday hangout for family and friends. The atmosphere there is incredible and you’ll definitely be able to find some bargains, whether it be clothing, jewellery, arts, crafts, homewares, retro furniture and so much more! Tired from walking around the markets? Grab a coffee or a drink and go relax on the beach! Proceeds also go to the Bondi Beach Public School, which uses the funds for many of its educational programs, equipment and facilities.

WL

 

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