Shopping in your 20s

Posted: 01.02.24

A sustainable choice

By Sabine Petkevica

A shelve of various shoes in a charity shop with clothing rails behind

Charity shops today feel like a hidden treasure map, where you never really know what you might find. Sure, years ago second-hand clothing would still be looked at as nothing more than ‘outdated fashion’, but those days feel far behind us. Charity shops are full of high-quality garments and wonderful pre-loved pieces waiting to be snatched up. And in a world dominated by fast fashion, with trends coming and going at lightning speed, charity shops offer a refreshing change: the chance of creating a wardrobe that reflects your individuality without sacrificing your budget.

Like many people in their 20’s, I often find myself on a tight budget, and I’m always looking for an affordable shopping alternative. ‘Stylish and affordable’ is my motto. When popping to my charity shop, I’m always on the lookout for a nice pair of baggy cargo trousers. They are the statement piece in my wardrobe. The pale green pair I found in The Salvation Army Wilmslow boutique were the perfect find.

A young girl holding up a purple cropped jacket from a charity shop

As soon as I walked in, I had to second guess if I walked into the right place. It truly did feel like the boutique it was made to be, with beautiful décor and equally-as-impressive clothing rails. The highlight for me were the jackets, which came in all shapes, colours and sizes to suit every outfit. This cropped lilac jacket was definitely the value-for-money piece of the day.

I was looking for a comfortable but trendy travel outfit, and it didn’t take me long to find. I never really shop with an outfit in mind, instead I leave it up to the imagination and luck on the day. Sometimes this means I go in looking for a pair of jeans and come back with 4 new summer dresses in the middle of the winter. On this occasion however, I was fortunate. I love a good colour combo, and I found the perfect black silk top to match the cargos. Paired with some funky retro sunglasses, I felt ready to jump on that plane and head straight to the Italian sunshine.


This article has been taken from the 6th edition of our Restyle magazine.

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