#Secondhandfirst Week: Day Two

Today is the second day of TRAID’s #secondhandfirst week, encouraging us to wear pre-loved clothing.

As I’d pledged to wear 90% of my clothing as second-hand this week today’s outfit featured lots of layers as I delved into my summer wardrobe.

second-hand White Company pinafore

This summer I bagged another second-hand bargain (see £10 TOAST jeans from yesterday’s post). I picked this blue linen pinafore (originally from The White Company) from my local Oxfam store for £10.99. I wore it all summer long and it became a staple on our three week train trip around Europe.

Although I should have packed it away now the winter is here I find it’s a great dress that can be worn with lots of layers. Today, as I was at work and had a school meeting, I wore it with two pairs of thick tights (new, although the second pair had lost their heels so I turned them into footless tights); second-hand black polo jumper (sourced from a previous Clothes Swap) and new thick blue cardigan.

As I was out and about a lot I did find myself wearing this orange coat – one of my most favourite items in my wardrobe and bought from the Shaw Trust charity shop in Bath. I get lots of comments when I wear this coat and it makes me feel happy every time I put it on. The black beret is new and worn a lot during the colder months and when my hair is a mess.

#secondhandfirst week: second-hand orange coat

#SecondhandFirst Week

TRAID is a really interesting clothing charity that works to encourage people to wear second-hand clothing and campaigns for better working conditions in the textile industry. I first came across them through their small chain of charity shops in London where they sell second-hand, and re-fashioned, clothing.

One of their big campaigns is getting people to wear more second-hand clothing and this week sees their SecondhandFirstWeek (17-23 November). If you live in the London area there are lots of events organised for this week to encourage people to wear pre-loved clothing, mend and upcycle garments.

Today is Day Two and I have pledged to support this campaign by wearing 90% of my clothing as second-hand. This is fairly easy for me to do as most of my wardrobe is second-hand (although I’ve drawn the line at underwear).

Below is what I wore yesterday:

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(The brown cords are from a clothes swap, the teal jumper was bought earlier this year)

And today:

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(The jeans are first-hand but they have been mended and patched so often they feel second-hand. Technically, though, the pre-loved items are the belt (my Dad’s),brown polo neck (from Oxfam) and the lovely warm brown wrap cardigan which belonged to a friend).

I will also be wearing a lot of this coat this week:

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This gorgeous orange coat (originally from Sainsburys) was picked up earlier this year in a charity shop in Bath. Every time I wear it I recieve compliments on its colour. Out of my three winter/waterproof coats only one was bought brand new and I have to say that’s the one I wear least.

By looking at the second-hand content of my clost I have realised that none of my footwear is second-hand. This is an area I need to explore further although I still have my doubts about re-using shoes.