This is the place where it gets easy to spend hundreds. There are many great companies that I’ve seen creating vegan leather, recycled shoes, or sustainable cotton products but they can be quite pricey. I don’t know about you, but I’ve never spent more than $100 on any item of clothing. Including my wedding dress! So…what are the more budget-friendly versions?
Start with thrifting! The thrift shops I grew up with were Goodwill and consignment stores, i.e., cheap, crappy clothes.
However, in college I worked in a more upscale thrift shop on an island near Seattle where a lot of rich people lived. Because my manager was really picky about what he would accept, people were more likely to find some really nice things there.
In Lithuania, there is a chain of stores called Humana. Many of their clothes are from H&M or New Yorker (I think because those clothes aren’t great quality to begin with). Some of the items I bought had loose hems or other small defects. However, I’ve found a few things there that I haven’t been able to find any problems with. For example, one lucky day I found a pair of Tommy Hilfiger jeans that were my size for 6€. It’s also great for when you’ve moved from a hot country—say, Egypt—to the frozen utopia of Lithuania and need a whole new wardrobe (including thick winter jackets).
What is your favorite thrift/consignment store where you live? Give them a shout-out in the comments!