#secondhandfirst week: review

This is a snapshot of some of the clothes I wore this week for TRAID’s #secondhandfirst week.

The aim of the campaign is to encourage people to think about where their clothes come from, who makes them (and what their working conditions are like), and the environmental impact fast fashion has.

If you’re not into trawling around charity shops TRAID have other suggestions such as clothes swaps, mending your own clothes, or just donating any unwanted clothing to charities, including TRAID (who have shops in London).

If you can be persuaded to shop second-hand then welcome to my world!

I started charity shop shopping in my teens and have never looked back! (I’m now in my forties). There are many reasons I buy second-hand but some of them are connected with what TRAID campaign for: encouraging people to wear pre-worn clothes, wear them for longer and be aware of the social, financial and environmental impact the fast fashion industry has.

While I know that someone originally made the clothes I buy from charity shops and that 2,700 litres of water were once used to make the cotton for my second-hand t-shirt, I hope that my purchases extend the lives of these garments.

By shopping at charity shops, clothes swaps, jumble sales and car boot sales I’m also opting out of the fast fashion phenomenon that can see clothing lines constantly being changed. I also know that what I wear will be not be seen on anyone else and that I saved money (as well as gave it to charity).

I hope others may be persuaded to join me in my continuing second-hand quest…



#Secondhandfirst week: day five

I’m still following #TRAID’s #secondhand first campaign this week and have pledged to wear 90% second hand. Today I caught up on household jobs and wore basically the same outfit as Friday: secondhand TOAST jeans, brown vest top (secondhand) underneath the khaki blouse I wore on Wednesday and my grey jumper from Monday’s post.

However this evening I am going to glam it up as we are all off to the village pantomime! It’s a family treat and the first ‘Christmasey’ activity we are doing as a family. Plus I have now changed my working shifts and am no longer working every Saturday so it feels like the start of a proper weekend!

This evening I will be wearing my burgundy pinafore dress (purchased last year from Dorothy House charity shop in Bath), black polo neck underneath and my gorgeous blue velvet jacket which I picked up years ago from the Shaw Trust charity shop in Bath.


#secondhandfirst week: burgundy dress and blue velvet blazer


#Secondhandfirst Week: Day Four

Today is Day Four of the national campaign by the organisation, TRAID, called #secondhandfirst week. For seven days we are being encouraged to wear clothing that is second-hand. I have committed to wearing 90% second hand each day (only my shoes and underwear are new).

Today I worked so had to be fairly smart (ish). Saying that all of this outfit, including the necklace (but minus tights and shoes) came from charity shops or clothes swaps:

#secondhandfirst week: Day Four


#Secondhandfirst Week: Day Three

It’s Day Three here of TRAID’s #secondhandfirst week, encouraging us to rethink where our clothes from and wear more second hand. Today I was at home and so not a particularly inspiring outfit – just lots of brown:

#secondhandfirst week: Day Three

The brown cords are from a previous clothes swap and the wraparound brown cardigan was given to me by a neighbour. The khaki blouse was picked up from a charity shop in the summer and underneath is a long sleeved brown t-shirt, also from a charity shop. So far I seem to be hitting my target of 90% second-hand.