Help Your Wardrobe Help the Planet

Help Your Wardrobe Help the Planet

Katie Farquhar, Staff Writer

As Fall is approaching, many of you might be wanting to update your wardrobe accordingly in a sustainable way. One great way to do this is thrifting. I’m here to give you some of my advice and tips for finding great pieces.

One way to do this is to find a location that fits what you are looking for. If you want to find something designer or anything of that variety, try finding a thrift store or consignment shop in areas like Vestavia Hills or Mountain Brook, where they might be easier to find.

Another thing that could be helpful is checking out the men’s section. You never know what you could find there. Maybe the perfect graphic tee or oversized-jacket is waiting for you in the men’s section, and you have no idea. 

Also, if you are petite or a smaller size, the children’s section might not be a bad idea. For example, if you’re in search of a sweater vest, try looking in the boy’s section, or even going to a children’s consignment shop, where it is easier to find one than in the women’s section in my experience.

Belts are something that are often forgotten about, but a great way to accessorize, so stop by the belt section to see if they have anything good, which they usually do. 

Lastly, a way to find great pieces off the get-go is to see what is hanging on the rack outside the dressing rooms. Usually, those are the pieces that are good, because someone bothered to try them on.

However, if you want to shop sustainably, but don’t want to go through all the effort of going to the thrift store, there are great online alternatives, such as Depop, Thread-up, and Poshmark, which make it easier to find pieces that fit into your style. Although, sellers on these websites tend to charge higher prices than if you were to go to the thrift store and find it yourself. It’s just something to be aware of.

And those are my tips. Hopefully, they might have helped you a bit in finding some good pieces to add pizzazz to your wardrobe.