No longer old-fashioned: the rise of second-hand clothing

More and more people are finding their way to second-hand or vintage shops. Why this sudden turnaround? And in which stores do you definitely find that vintage garment you’re looking for? We like to share it in this article.

Vintage means pre loved 

Discarded Image

A few years ago, it was a great shame to wear someone else’s clothes. Wearing someone else’s old-fashioned junk was so not – done. But the last few years not much remains of that discarded, dirty image. In fact, wearing second-hand clothes is in. 

Clothes used to be given to family or friends. If someone was pregnant, women sometimes dared to pass on their clothes inconspicuously for the new baby. Anno 2020, we find second-hand clothes everywhere on the internet and even open stores like vintage shops or second-hand shops. Why these sudden changes?

Inspiration by past trends

The best-known Vinted-app quickly counted more than 700,000 users last summer, and thrift stores are also seeing more and more customers pass by. Not only people visiting the places for financial reasons, but people are also looking for garments from the past. And where better to do that than in typical vintage shops? 

Big brands like Gucci were inspired by trends of the 70’s, 80’s and 90’s in their new collections. It’s logical that second-hand shops respond to this. Because why would you pay a lot of money for items that can actually be found in these shops?! Well-known influencers are also looking for these pieces in vintage shops, which makes us more and more inspired to buy outfits for little money. 


Thank you Netflix 

More and more people are getting inspired by clothing styles we see through Netflix – shows like “Stranger Things” or “Glow”. The Eightees clothing is easily found in vintage shops, making it easier for people to find their way back to it. These stores serve as a kind of true time capsule that allows us to dress perfectly in styles like our favourite Netflix – shows.

New spirit of the times

But there is also a change in people’s way of thinking. Fast fashion is increasingly seen as too harmful to the environment. In recent years we have been working on the climate. That is why we are looking for sustainable clothing that has as little effect as possible on our ecological footprint. Why should we still pay today for new luxury products that have to be made from A to Z, while we find them in vintage stores, and these products are still in perfect condition?!


The best addresses to shop

Second hand clothing can be found in all shapes and sizes. Looking for a beautiful dress for a wedding? A costume or just trendy pants? After the above information, it goes without saying that I share the best addresses with our readers. In the shops below it is definitely worth a visit.

#Gabrielle Vintage (Brussel) 

If you are looking for a ‘fancy’ dress or costume, you have come to the right place. You will find clothing and accessories at Gabrielle from the 20s to 80s for a not too high price.

#Fann (Gent)

From Zara to Prada, the offer in this shop is large. Old clothes won’t be find by you as they only handle garments that are two years old.

#Hallelujah! (Hasselt) 

Just like in Fann, you won’t find any old junk here. They also apply the rule that a garment may not be more than two years old. Preferably of all, this store sells designer brands as sometimes you will find an exception.

#Think Twice 

Every second-hand lover knows Think Twice. You can browse endlessly between blazers, coats, trousers, tops and so much more. If you didn’t know any better it looks like you’re shopping in a regular shop, with the difference that these pieces are absolutely vintage.

#Otters & Flamingo’s 

Also in the world of children’s clothing, second-hand shops are on the rise. After all, why should we have expensive, high-quality clothing in the attic dusted away? In this shop you will find sustainable items where we make the environment happier, many kids and moms.

Second hand shopping is anything but old-fashioned and boring. Are you a second-hand shopper or do you prefer new items? Let us know in the comments.

This article has been written by Stephanie De Vroe from @SMOTHERHOODS

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