Second hand is slow fashion for fast fashionistas. My words a while back. And YES, second hand IS a good thing but it doesn't solve the fast fashion problem.
- The item your buyin someone else is selling (even though it's obviously not in such a bad condition.
- Second hand clothes are often (not always) in a bad material (read: plastic)
- It's easier buying something unnecessary second hand because "it's so cheap anyway"
Buying second hand is a shortcut and an excuse for buying fast fashion - both in "regular" stores and in second hand shops, because you can always say "I'm selling it second hand when I'm done with it" or "I bought it second hand". Fast fashion can rule undivided.
So second hand is really more to ease the pain rather than cure the disease.
So the cure is...?
Pretty simple actually. What we want in our second hand shops is what we should buy. So the cure is as easy as buying the things you truly want (preferably for your whole life), in good materials, made by people receiving a proper salary. THOSE are the clothes we want to hang in our second hand shops in the future. And THEN we're sustainable.
But I realise the fact that we can't save the world in one day, and that you don't have to be an extremist. So I'd still encourage you to check out the second hand market and buy stuff (IF it's the stuff you REALLY want!). Because that is still something (and you know what we talked about yesterday)
Modern women don't choose between sustainability and luxury, we take them both