In recent years, most consumers’ first reaction to the purchase of second-hand clothing has been negative. This, of course, was because those who buy used clothes are associated with the impression that they can’t afford to buy new clothes. However, these opinions have changed favourably nowadays, firstly because sustainable fashion is emerging and, secondly, many celebrities have been spotted wearing second hand, vintage pieces.
There are many reasons why you would want to buy second-hand clothing, many of which actually benefit you personally, regardless of your lifestyle.
1. Save the environment
According to statistics, more than 20% of the world’s wastewater is produced by the fashion industry. For example, it takes more than 5,000 gallons of water to produce a T-shirt and a pair of jeans. It is estimated that between 15% and 20% of clothing is torn out of retail stores. This generation of waste has been tolerated by locals for decades. You stand out from the crowd wearing second-hand vintage clothes! You’re promoting a sustainable and ethical lifestyle.
2. Save yourself money
Have you ever considered how much money you spend every year on clothing? The average person spends about $161 a month on clothing, and the average family of four spends about $1800 a year on clothing, with $388 on shoes. It is estimated that a woman is going to spend about $125k on clothes all her life. The questions that arise here are: What if I get bored of them? What if they don’t fit me anymore, huh? What if fashion trends change too often?
Have you ever been embarrassed by the fact that you had to attend events wearing the same clothes again and again? How many times have you seen people on the street wearing the same outfit as yours? Well, that’s not going to happen if you buy second-hand clothing. Buying second-hand clothing allows you to develop and express your own style, rather than look like everybody else.
The Borw Team