If you are a fashion girl who loves the challenge of putting together fashion forward looks that are not only budget friendly but often a bit unique when compared to what’s trending, then you have likely already jumped on the pre-loved bandwagon.
Interestingly pre-loved fashion as we have come to know it has not always been an embraced means for shopping by the majority. This would also include the luxury pre-loved market as well. Which, although a bit of a separate animal in and of itself, there is now a trending demand for it.
However, the true fashionista has always realized the importance of an all inclusive way of thinking when it comes to where and how to shop and what to include in the wardrobe. Not only is it cost effective but it can really stretch the style and creativity muscle.
When you also factor in the issues faced by over consumption and the increased need for more sustainable fashion solutions, should you bare any environmental consciousness at all, pre-loved or any type of recycled fashion should be a no brainer. And listen, to this day I continue to be a work in progress in this area, so no judgement here.
Some argue that the normalization of the pre-loved fashion industry is pandemic inspired, as it certainly was not as accepted as it is now. For me, it is a fashion outlet that I didn't know I needed prior to embracing it years ago and to this day I honestly don’t know how my wardrobe survived without it. I always find myself lurking for something uniquely different in the wardrobe, so I crave it.
Not to be confused with vintage fashion, which has long been embraced by the fashion industry, the pre-loved market has become a multi-billion dollar business and is still growing.
The pre-loved embrace, to include luxury pre-loved items, along with the inclusion of crisp brand-new items, will forever continue to be a part of my diverse capsulized wardrobe. A fashion girl knows it is all about the mixing and matching of the old and new to serve some of the best looks.
Despite the increasing interest in second hand fashion for a myriad of different reasons, now by so many, I am left wondering if it's just trending, a phase, or here to stay? What say you?