As it becomes more and more apparent just how serious the issue of climate change is, it’s impossible to ignore how wasteful we’ve become as consumers. We can now order dinner and natural wine to be delivered straight to our door within 20 minutes, order cars to take us to our destination with the click of a button and buy anything from books to beauty products to clothes to be dropped off the exact same day. But, despite us having more access than ever to fast-fashion and trend pieces – we can even shop them direct off Instagram – more and more people are choosing to shop second-hand and vintage, both in the name of sustainability and style.
Very quickly, the mood has changed from it being almost essential to own the season’s biggest it piece – think Bottega Veneta sandals and pouch bags and chunky Prada boots – to it being far cooler to, instead, find vintage designer pieces that you won’t see on every Instagram influencer you follow the very same week.
Second hand resell websites, such as Vestiaire Collective, The RealReal and DePop, and The Outnet, which sells last season’s pieces for a fraction of the price, have become the industry’s first port of call, and now even celebrities are catching on. Just this week, Bella Hadid revealed that she not only peruses vintage shops in New York City (which she’s posted about multiple times), but she’s a fan of DePop, too. Now, Lily Collins has added her name to the list, posting about her love of thrift shopping and new partnership with ThredUp, another second hand resell website.
“If you know me, you know I LOVE fashion,” the Emily in Paris star wrote on her post. “But I’m also more aware than ever of the global need to limit the amount of waste we all create and consume. Well, a super-easy way to shop sustainably is by thrifting. More thrifting means less waste.” She then sent her followers to ThredUp to learn more about the company’s efforts to support the earth, saying, “We can all stay stylish while doing good.”
In honour of these big-name celebs joining us in vintage heaven, we’ve rounded up six sustainable items to shop for yourself – or others – this Christmas.
Prada, Tessuto Cloth Bag from Vestiaire Collective, $608, Shop NOW
Ganni, Leather Jacket from The Outnet, $350, Shop NOW
Jean Paul Gaultier, multicoloured synthetic top from Vestiaire Collective, $218, Shop NOW
Re/Done, 30s Ladies high-rise straight-leg jeans from The Outnet, $159, Shop NOW
Stella McCartney, Flocked printed cotton-jersey T-shirt from The Outnet, $153,Shop NOW
Maggie Marilyn, hold me close knit, $475, Shop NOW