Second-Hand Summer Fashion

One of the main comments I’ve heard when I advocate for sustainable fashion is: “It sounds expensive.  I can’t afford that.”  It’s a reality many of us face as we determine which products to purchase and balance the checkbook.  Although sustainable fashion can have a heftier price tag and not everyone can make the time to find sales or research options, there is one solution.  Purchasing second-hand is a great way to give existing clothes a new life and as I’ve found shopping used during my various travels and temporary work has given me many wonderful wardrobe options.  And what better way to show the great finds I’ve purchased from second-hand shops this summer than on National Second-Hand Wardrobe Day?  Below you’ll see how much unique fashion options I’ve discovered over the summer at second-hand shops:

Black Tops

You may remember this top used to be a dress during my fashion chronicles last year in Pittsburgh. After getting accidentally shrunk in the wash, I hemmed the bottom to make it a top!

Blue Bird Top

One of my favorite tops this summer, a blue and grey print of birds from Savers!

Print Skirt

This skirt was another great Savers find. It may be my new favorite store . . .

Silver Top

This top has been perfect for work and play. So glad I’ve added it to my closet!

Purple Dress Final

A “new” maxi dress from local Cedar City, Utah store Recycled Consign & Design!

Second-hand shopping, swapping clothing or wearing a family member’s hand-me-downs aren’t weird or bad shopping choices.  From my summer clothing pieces I hope you can see consignment shops have clothing waiting to be discovered and taken home with you.  If you don’t think you can afford the price tag of sustainable fashion, don’t forget to give used clothing a second chance.  You never know what treasures you might find.

This post is a part of What I Wore Wednesday hosted by The Pleated PoppyStyle Me Wednesday hosted by Shopping My ClosetFriday Favorites hosted by Lizzie in Lace, and Style Sessions hosted by Style Elixir.

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  1. You look lovely in these but I think it helps to be young.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Thank you for the compliments! I think that women look beautiful no matter what their age. In fact, I admire older women because they have so much wisdom and knowledge to impart. 🙂

  2. editalozovska

    Oh, you look gorgeous in these styles 🙂 What a lovely smile you have too! 🙂

  3. Chelsea

    These pieces are gorgeous! That’s such a good point about reusing clothes to be sustainable! Another blogger mentioned wearing the clothes you have repeatedly as well, which is similar. Thanks for sharing!

    Chow Down USA

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Thanks Chelsea! Glad you enjoyed my thoughts on wearing what you have. I do like to find new purchases, but I always find myself going back to what I already have! 🙂

  4. luxurycolumnist

    Love your patterned skirt, it’s very cool

    • brooklyntvlasich

      It was definitely one of my favorite pieces! I was so excited to find such a vibrant and interesting skirt print.

  5. Jessica

    Thrift shopping is definitely a good idea! Especially for budget conscious shoppers! I just wish I was better at it…haha. You found some nice pieces though!
    Jeans and a Teacup

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Thanks Jessica! I never used to shop as much at second-hand stores, but I find it’s wonderful for discovering great prices on a budget. 🙂

  6. April

    Such a great post! I have consigned clothing/shoes and it is a great way to save money.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      I totally agree! I’m so glad you enjoy consignment clothing and shoes as much as I do!

  7. galanda23

    I wouldn’t be able to tell these beautiful outfits are second hand clothes. You look great in them.

    • brooklyntvlasich

      Thanks! That’s the beauty of second-hand shopping, you would never know the clothes were previously worn.

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