Debunking One Misconception about Secondhand Fashion – A Personal Narrative

The most common misconceptions that you can come across when it comes to sustainable fashion are:

  • It’s too expensive to shop ethically!
  • It’s so hard to find sustainable fashion brands!
  • I don’t think there is a sustainability problem in fashion.
  • I simply don’t care.

The last point is a very general one but probably the one that bothers me the most so I wanted to include that! Simply boasting about your ignorance? Anyways, back to the point. I love fashion! I love dressing up, I believe in dressing up! And, I love it even more when I can do it my way with pieces that are ethically made under fair conditions or secondhand or me-made. Mostly secondhand.

Sometimes people might think that sustainable fashion especially secondhand fashion means wearing hippie-like all the time. Totally fine if that works for you but not my thing. I love searching for well-made items and matching them, touching fine materials, and fancy everything basically. It’s something I’d love to discuss in context to embracing your femininity and feminism (aren’t we all #womenwhorunwiththewolves). I love showing my tribe of people that this is doable too. All of these things can be melt in the same pot and can make unique fashion personalities. Here, I want to share one very classic me outfit.

Outfit Details: Jacket and Blouse from Humana DE, Skirt from Tarz2, Ring from a local antique shop

I wanted to write this post for a few reasons. First and foremost, I’m really sick of people’s bias about secondhand shopping. Everybody can think/believe/worship anything they want but this doesn’t give them the right to look down on others openly. If you shop secondhand and wear eclectic, there will be some who judge you. On the contrary, if you really dig in and plan your outfits according to dress codes, there will still be some who judge you. I think I’ve been exposed to the second category of people a lot lately and I don’t like it so much that I wanted to come here and complain about it 🙂 They either think that I care way too much about how I look and spend way too much on clothes (that’s my money fyi so why would anyone be bothered?) or think that I’m doing some things wrong when I explain how I manage my wardrobe. Why would I be bothered with those who simply cannot get me or question their beliefs and change? I shouldn’t be. I do me and I love me. Yet, it’s always nice to open up to the world!

If you’re reading this from somewhere thrifting is a thing (and even a cooler thing!) then just keep regarding it that way. You’re just fabulous! 🙂

p.s. Big love to leopard lovers out there! How can you not like leopard print? You can’t sit with us!

Love, Merve

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