Every week 11 million items of clothing end up in landfill. Throwaway fashion is putting increasing pressure on our planet – and it’s unsustainable. But now there’s something you can do to help. Oxfam, who save as much secondhand clothing per year as the weight of the Eiffel tower, have started #secondhandseptember, an initiative to help save the planet- and look fabulous at the same time!
Saying yes to second-hand items stops great clothes from going to waste – giving them a longer life and helping to stop the torrent of landfill. And it doesn’t have to just be in September, this new way of shopping can keep you stylish for less on an ongoing basis. We have rounded up our favourite secondhand stores in London for you to enjoy…
Royal Trinity Hospice, Kensington Church Street
O.K, so if you love designer as well as vintage, this little gem of a shop will make you have heart palpitations. A well-known secret (well, not so secret now) this store in the heart of Kensington has an abundance of labels and a dedicated vintage section. They also sell homewares and jewellery. Oh, and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall likes to drop off her used books. Casual.
Oh, this little Prada number darling? It was an absolute bargain!
Red Cross Shop, Portobello Road
The Red Cross has been a national staple for the last 150 years and this shop is everything you could wish for in a pre-loved boutique.
Fashionistas flock to the iconic Portobello Road where they normally strike vintage gold, of which this store holds designer clothes as well as a good selection of workwear- all at a fraction of the price.
Ascot hat on a budget? Count me in sweetie!
If the name Beyond Retro makes you think of your uni years, swigging a blue WKD on a sweaty freshers dancefloor while wearing a faded Mickey Mouse top, then you’d be right. But Beyond Retro have put those naughty frisky years behind them and are all grown up (and so are we too).
They have blossomed into a sophisticated yet fun affair with outfits from the 1940s to the 90’s (yes the 90’s are now vintage- keep up!) They have a legion of stores as well as an online shop- Perfect if you’re feeling a tad on the par side and need to order from the comfort of your living room.
Sofa Shopping never felt so good!
Retro Exchange Women, Pembridge Road Notting Hill
If you not in the mood for overspending (hey, who is these days?) but still want to look like you’ve just stepped out of a Haute Couture Paris Runway show, then R.W.E is the place to be.
From bags to sunglasses to shoes to clothes, they have the best designer labels… so your wallet won’t feel too stetched and you can still look utterly fabulous.
Do I want to go out for cocktails on a Tuesday wearing this? Er, is the pope religious?
Alfies Antique Market
Tucked away near Edgware Road is the very vintage, Alfies- an emporium with an abundance of gems.
Head to the second floor for enough vintage clothes to give any grandmothers wardrobe a run for her money. Specialising in styles from the ’20s to the ’60s, they also have a dedicated children’s section, which features tartan and tweed aplenty.
Perfect to dress up your Mini-sloane!
Rellik, Golborne Road, Portobello
Tucked away at the top of Golborne Road is Rellik, a quirky shop for second-hand hunters. Word on the street is that Beyonce had a late-night shopping spree there while Rhianna is also a huge fan, and it’s easy to see why! They stock unique vintage designer labels that will be sure to make you the belle of the (disco) ball – socially distanced, naturally.
After all, life is too short to wear boring clothes!
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