Thrift shopping really brings out the unique features and personality traits of people. That’s why we try to pay close attention to what we buy, and become aware of who inspires us to go buy those things. We used to be influenced by big, prominent (and expensive) brands, but that has ceased to be the case. We can now get inspired by regular people who have decided to share their styling through their online accounts in order to bless us with thrift knowledge. So here’s a list of 10 of the best at second-hand styling.
Jenna’s feed is filled with second hand love. In addition to the wonderful colours, from her pictures you can also tell a lot about Jenna’s activism on sustainable and thrift-based shopping. You can check out her style and her bits of op-shops at her amazing account.
Her bio says, “Making the most out of the clothes I have had since 1996”. And you had better believe she’s truly making the most out of them. This Instagram account is filled with petite shirts, vintage dresses, and pictures that can inspire a mesmerizing look.
I Got It from the Charity Shop
You get the best of both worlds by following this account. You want to get thrift shop-inspired? You can, through her pictures. You want second-hand-related advice? This girl constantly posts about terminology, trends, or ethical concerns. Hit her up!
The Sleeveless Society
If you love vintage but you’re too lazy to search for personal-style-appropriate clothing, then the Sleeveless Society can do this for you. Founder Jaimi has a great eye and specializes in vintage clothing, accessories, jewellery, and homewares all over Australia (and the whole world). And of course they also brag about their competitive price points!
The Second Runway
Founded by Fernanda Covarrubias, The Second Runway is an Australian brand that makes ethical clothes, bags, and accessories using a wide variety of preloved and recycled materials. Every piece you notice in her account is unique, stylish, and handmade, adding to the designer’s own strong identity, and telling the stories behind the clothes.
The beautiful, neutral colours of this account will mesmerize you. The founder and curator of Generally Worn is Sarah Hood. She says that her vintage pieces are influenced by earthy, ‘70s – ‘90s inspired surfing nostalgia, with everything from oversized t-shirts and knits to ripped jeans and floaty dresses.
Alyssa in the City
If you’re a petite, five feet and one-inch-tall looking to get inspired, then Alyssa’s account will melt your heart. Alyssa is a fashion editor for Refinery29, with a major influence on the fashion industry, with a focus on vintage, ‘70s, ’80s and ‘90s. You’ll have to see it for yourself.
“In every city I go to, I make a point to suss out the retail landscape there, whether that’s small boutiques, indie boutiques, vintage stores. It’s part of how I get to know a city.”
Yarn Yarns was created by Sophie and Katherine, who met working at a Melbourne fashion boutique in 2017. Their little orange boutique in Northcote is filled with vintage treasures and the stories they hold. You can shop through a library of second hand clothing with the option to rent, buy, or offer your own loved additions from which you haven’t decided to part just yet.
RE/DONE was founded by Sean Barron and Jamie Mazur. These folks take the vintage denim apart at the seams, repurposing a fabric for their new jeans, but they’re not a denim company. At RE/DONE they consider themselves to be a movement to restore individuality to the luxury fashion space, a movement to keep heritage brands relevant, and a movement to create sustainable fashion.
Milly and Wolf Vintage
Milly and Wolf Vintage was founded in 2015 by vintage curator Amelia Dubois – Milly. Except for thrifted goodies, her account also provides the audience with unique quotes and inspiring words. Milly & Wolf Vintage is already known worldwide, with its ‘90s pieces sold through Milly’s online store.
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