Five reasons to shop second hand clothing
Capsule Wardrobe, Fashion, Outfits, Pre Loved Shopping, Sustainable / Ethical Fashion

Five Reasons To Consider Buying Second Hand Clothes

Today’s post is five reasons to consider buying second hand clothes.

I have been thinking a lot about my purchasing habits over the last few months and one thing that I wanted to try and do more is to shop in a more sustainable way when I do buy clothes. And instead of always buying new every time, taking a look at the second hand market too.

There are so many places now to shop second hand including dress agencies, ebay, charity shops, vintage shops, Vestiaire Collectiveicon and many more. The second hand market is saturated with clothes due to the overbuying of fast fashion.

After writing my faux fur coat wishlist post a couple of weeks ago I decided that instead of purchasing a new one, I would check out the second hand market first as there was sure to be lots for sale and there was!

I found the animal print coat in today’s post for a fraction of what it would have cost new and it had hardly been worn so I was happy to be able to get a beautiful coat without having to buy new.

I styled the coat with my basic blue jeans and cream jumper and finished off the look with my black ankle boots and Chloe bag which was also a second hand purchase some time ago.

Five Reasons To Consider Buying Second Hand Clothes

  • It’s better for the environment as it is more sustainable and prevents the clothes from going into waste.
  • You can save a lot of money and sometimes you can find brand new clothes for sale on the second hand market.
  • You will not be wearing the same things as everyone else and have a more unique wardrobe and style.
  • If you buy from charities, it’s also helping them too so you are donating your money to a good cause as well as shopping. You can even shop some charity shops online without having to go into a store.
  • You can sometimes buy designer clothes for the same price as you would buy something new from a high street brand.

My favourite places to shop second hand

Ebay UK

Vestiaire Collectiveicon

I hope you enjoyed the post and let me know your thoughts as always in the comments section below on my five reasons to consider buying second hand clothes. Do you sometimes buy second hand or always brand new?

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Outfit Details

Elasia Coat – By Malene Birger via ebay UK

Jumper – H&M

Jeans – Zara (sold out)

Bag – Chloe via Vestiaire CollectiveΒ or similar style here

Boots – c/o Lotus Shoes

Ringicon – Monica Vinadericon

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  • Jodie’s Touch of Style

    I always love thrifting because you feel so smart about the deals you can get!!
    In fact, next week we are having our #thriftedchicstylechallenge on Instagram if you want to join us? There is a post on my feed if you’re interested, Gemma!

    • Jacquard Flower

      Yes you do well with your thrifting, I wish we had as much choice in the UK. I will check it out your challenge! Thanks Jodie x

      • Jodie’s Touch of Style

        I thought you guys had a bunch of secondhand shops?? Maybe not online, but I find a lot in the brick and mortar stores too.

        • Jacquard Flower

          There are not so many near where I live so that’s why I would look online at ebay and Vestiaire Collective. The couple of shops I have been to in person are really small and have not got a very good selection. Nothing like the size of the shops you have in the US. x

  • NancysFashionStyle

    Wonderful Gemma! I haven’t bought something new in months! But I found the most beautiful pre loved items. Fabulous coat!

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Nancy x

  • The Exclusive Beauty Diary

    I really like your outfit. Coat is so amazing. Also thank you for sharing reasons why is good buying second hand clothes because I completely agree with you.

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    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Kate Mitchell

    I think it’s something we should all think about, and I do love a bargain xxx

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Kate x

  • Shireen

    Brilliant tips and yes, buying second hand clothes definitely helps the environment. I never thought of buying from eBay though.

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Shireen, xx

  • Sangeeta

    This is such a great idea. Not only is this better on your wallet, it helps nature so much by reducing waste and pollution.

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Sangeeta x

  • Mica

    Your coat is so pretty and it’s so funny as I was just looking at the Chloe Marcie saddle bag in the consignment store here a couple days ago, haha! πŸ™‚ I love buying bags second hand, you can get some great bargains that way πŸ™‚ I find it easier than buying clothes, when I go opshopping it’s harder to search, but going to fashionphile or our consignment store it’s easy to find a bag I’ll love, ha!

    Hope that you are having a nice week πŸ™‚

    Away From The Blue Blog

    • Jacquard Flower

      Aww thanks πŸ™‚ Are you considering a Marcie? Gemma x

      • Mica

        I regret selling mine often! I had the medium hobo. I really like the bag and often think about getting another style in the design – the hobo wasn’t the best for me.

  • Kathrine Eldridge

    I love this coat! It’s so chic.

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Kathrine x

  • Lovely Amusan

    Great tips babe and loving your coat!


    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Ayuna- Chan

    amazing post! really beautyfull photos πŸ™‚
    kisses from Poland :*

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks πŸ™‚

  • Amy Eade

    Love this post Gemma, the coat is gorgeous! I’m trying to be more sustainable when buying clothes too and got a great check coat for a bargain second hand the other day!
    Amy xx

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Amy, I seen it on your insta. Looks so nice! A great buy! x

  • nikoline

    Great tips, it’s such an important message to tell! I often buy second hand clothes from Red Cross, and they have some amazing stuff! πŸ™‚


    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks, that’s good to hear x

  • Jennifer | MrsQBeauty

    I don’t normally buy second hand clothes, but I don’t have an extensive wardrobe. My obsession for eyeshadow palettes takes priority. The leopard coat is beautiful!

    Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

    • Jacquard Flower

      Haha, thanks so much x

  • Kemi

    There are definitely some great perks to shopping second hand – I think one of the biggest is that it’s a lot more sustainable!

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Kemi x

  • Radostina Blagoeva

    I would love to find designer clothing in a second hand store for a decent price. I think totally worth it!

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks! x

  • Missy May

    You look so winter perfect. You’ve changed my mind on second hand shopping. Thanks Gemma πŸ™‚

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks! That’s good to hear x

  • Zen Health

    You look great hun! I’ve never bought second hand clothes, but I do swap clothes with my bffs all the time. And I do love repurposing clothes heheh!
    xoxo Ros (

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Ros x

  • Yiotou_La

    Your coat is fab Gemma!! I wish we had more thrift shops here, it would be a whole new experience for me!!


    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Yiota x

  • The Beauty Spyglass

    I often take a few bags of my cast-off clothing to charity. It’s a good chance to have a look around the shop. I’ve picked up some fab vintage bargains, as well as some new converse for Β£6.99! Definitely love a bit of charity shopping! Fab post and love the coat.

    Samantha x

    • Jacquard Flower

      That’s a great buy! Thanks hun x

  • Dressed With Soul

    Very good argument! It happens not too seldom I buy second hand πŸ™‚ Love your leo coat, dear Gemma!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  • Dressed With Soul

    I buy not too seldom secon hand clothes πŸ™‚ In love with your leopard coat, dear Gemma!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks so much Rena x

  • Dora Cruceru

    I think buying vintage gives such a unique personality to your wardrobe. I love the coat so much

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Dora x

  • Rosanna Briguglio

    Great pictures and tips, I totally agree!
    Have a lovely day πŸ™‚
    Rosanna x

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Rosanna x

  • Emily

    This is definitely something I would like to get better at, you can find some real gems at charity shops!

    Musings & More

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Emily x

  • vanity And Me

    I’m with you on buying this way Gemma. I’ve started browsing the charity shops in London and it’s amazing what you can find. The coat you have looks brand new. Getting quality like this at a good price can make you feel good. You’re onto a winner! xx

    • Jacquard Flower

      I bet there are some amazing shops in London. xx

  • Mercy

    This coat looks incredible! I’m up for second hand shop as long as it’s in great condition though I haven’t tried Vestiaire Collective yet.

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Mercy, Vestiaire is great for bags. x

  • Sonia / Chanel

    Such a sharp look, Gemma. That leopard coat is so unique!

    S | Je M’appelle Chanel

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Sonia x

  • Jessica

    Great point you have here dear. And I couldn’t agree more. There are so many amazing designer second-hand items out there that is worth buying, especially bags, shoes, coats, etc.
    Jessica |

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Jessica x

  • Quinn

    Shopping secondhand can be so great especially when buying higher end pieces! Love this coat, babe, so gorgeous xx

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Quinn x

  • Didier Young

    Oh I love Vestiaire. It definitely is a great way to save money but to also breathe new life into some pieces without hurting the environment!


    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Didier x

  • Nina Nguyen
    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Nina x

  • Naomella

    Dear Gemma, what a great blogpost! I have some second hand designer pieces from ebay. Your coat is very cool! xoxo

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks hun x

  • Zorica

    Great tips.
    Thanks for sharing.

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Zorica x

  • Kathrine Eldridge

    I love finding cool second hand pieces. Love this leopard coat!

    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Kathrine x

  • Paola

    Totally agree Gemma!

    I love your coat!

    Kisses, Paola.


    • Jacquard Flower

      Thanks Paola x

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