Have any of you been to a clothing swap party? I have, a couple times actually, and they’re really fun. You invite a bunch of your friends over and ask them to bring a handful of clothes that they no longer wear. You toss the clothes in a pile in the middle of your apartment and take turns trying on and swapping your tired threads for the super cute sweaters and dresses that your friends never wear. Throw in some wine and it’s a party.
As you can imagine, I was pretty stoked to find that a few of my coworkers do a similar swap and were enthusiastic to hand off some of their tired (but once very loved) pieces to the office newbie who happens to be a secondhand studette ;).
This gorgeous piece came from one of my fellow coworkers a few cubicles away who wore it for years, but was ready to recycle it to another owner and pick up a fresh piece. To me, this piece is brand new to my wardrobe, so I was happy to participate in the monthly swap!
I had my sister wear this piece when we were in the Colorado Desert. We wanted to look cute and presentable but also appropriate to our surroundings which meant dressing for the heat. A flowy bohemian maxi was the prefect piece to rock the arid climate. Maxi dresses are so comfortable and easy to but on, but really have a presentable appearance. They are even comparable perhaps to a full-length gown, designed to suit more casual environments.
My sister usually doesn’t wear such bright colors or bold patterns, yet I encouraged her to try this skirt on. I think she looks so beautiful in it! Secondhand fashion allows you to experiment more with unique clothing items since they’re inexpensive, accessible, and there is not as much pressure in rocking your finds. There’s often an unspoken pressure by the image your brand presents, or by the amount of money you spent on a new outfit to rock the clothing pieces to the nines. Instead, just try something on from a thrift store and take it as it is: a useful item that was useful once and has the potential to be useful again. Want to see what it’s like to wear a bright orange maxi skirt? Head to a secondhand shop and try one on (there will be one there, I’m oddly sure of this), and make your own rules for how you do fashion.