How To Serve Secondhand Style At Glastonbury
SO… Glastonbury starts next week and I am ready for all the fashion as well as the music (did someone say Sir Elton?!)
I love how expressive festival fashion is and there are lots of ways to do this ethically (and affordably). In today’s piece I’m focussing on pre-loved style. If you haven’t read my last piece where I shared tips on how to do festival fashion ethically, you definitely should!
Investing in secondhand fashion is the way to go if you don’t want to cost the earth with your shopping habits. It keeps clothing in circulation, and at least you can be pretty sure you won’t turn up in the same outfit as someone else! Charity shops, vintage stores and online marketplaces are great places to find affordable and sustainable festival ‘fits.
Vinted is my latest addiction (don’t ask me how long I spend scrolling on the app most nights of the week…) I’ve recently had my eyes on the Miu Miu buckle boots and made it my mission to find a more affordable alternative. I struck gold on Vinted just before my birthday last month and found an amazing pair buckle boots (good enough to give a real cowboy a run for his money) from Frye! Originally priced at $500 in the US, I bought them for a not-too-shabby £120. By purchasing secondhand clothing, you not only reduce waste but also give new life to clothing that might otherwise end up in a landfill. So, if you’re thinking about buying something new, search Vinted first and you might find an amazing pre-loved alternative with some searching and a lil’ bit of patience. I recommend the following brands for some great secondhand festival finds including: Morgan, Maracuja, Pulsion & Aftershock
The OG second-hand selling app. Although sometimes a little more expensive than Vinted, Depop remains one of my go-to’s for pre-loved finds. When you buy something on Depop, you are supporting a small business, a fashion student, or even just someone trying to earn extra cash by clearing out their closet. Here are three of my favourite Depop sellers that I would definitely recommend looking into for your next purchase or to gain some festival fashion inspiration.
Crisis is a personal favourite of mine when it comes to charity shopping. Shop from Crisis has twelve stores across London (Finsbury Park is currently favourite with their in-store coffee bar) as well as an online shop, in addition to supporting circular fashion, each purchase helps to end homelessness for good. Their donated stock is carefully quality-checked and curated for you by their in-house team and you’re always a guaranteed a good find, be it online or in store. Click here to find your nearest branch https://shopfromcrisis.org.uk/pages/store-locator.
The Hippie Shake is a real treasure trove of 60s & 70s inspired clothing, accessories, and vintage products that pay homage to the free-spirited aesthetic of the original Hippie Shake movement. With its carefully curated collection, it caters to those seeking unique, ethically-made, and sustainable fashion options. They understand that festival fashion is more than just clothing; it’s a way of life – a celebration of individuality, freedom, and self-expression! By staying true to these values, the brand has established itself as a trusted authority in the festival fashion realm. Discover their vintage drops through out the year and their latest own-brand collection – Across the Universe is well worth browsing.
Rachel Valentine from Strange Ray Vintage has an amazing eye for clothing. She curates the best pieces from the 60s and 70s while staying true to her own style. If you’re anything like me and have been obsessing over Daisy Jones & the Six, you’re in for a treat. Her online vintage store has been my go-to for a few years now. She offers beautiful printed dresses, perfectly distressed vintage t-shirts, cowboy boots and more to fulfil your bohemian cowgirl festival wardrobe of dreams! And if you’re in Glasgow or planning a trip there anytime soon, be sure to add Rachel’s incredibly cool IRL boutique to your itinerary.
If you’re looking to save money on festival outfits, consider renting! However, remember to be respectful when borrowing and try to avoid any major beer spills! Fortunately, there are many services available that offer festival clothing and accessories for a fraction of the cost of buying. This not only saves money, but also reduces the demand for throwaway or one-time use fashion, and the resources required to produce new clothing. I’ve got my eye on this sheer GANNI dress with rouched detailing that’s available to rent from Rotaro, and I found some awesome crochet pieces from Tach, KITRI on both HURR and By Rotation.
Re-discover your own wardrobe!
The most sustainable option for festival fashion is to raid your own wardrobe (or your bestie’s). Why not try some home customization and get crafty! There are plenty of helpful tutorials on TikTok and YouTube. Last summer, I was in a trance watching Harry Styles tour outfit customization TikToks. And of anything needs to be repaired before you head out to the fields, consider using tailor/repair apps like Sojo or The Seam to fix your clothes. I recently booked in with Sojo to repair skirt after discovering a sneaky hole, and the process was seamless (pun intended). A courier is arranged to pick up your item and is dropped back off to you in a few days once the repair or alteration is ready. Now you have no excuses for not having enough time to drop it off at the tailor before the festival!
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