Slow Fashion: Is Buying Second-Hand The Key to Clothing Bargains?

In the fast-paced world of whirlwind fashion and constantly changing clothing trends, it’s tough to keep an up-to-date wardrobe. Slow fashion could be a solution on many fronts, but how many consumers buy or sell second-hand?

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It’s tempting to take part in fast fashion and near-constant clothing purchases, especially given the influence of social media and celebrities. However, it can be overwhelming to try and keep up, not to mention the negative impact of fast fashion on the environment. Switching to slow fashion and giving clothes a second life can not only save you money long-term but is far more eco-friendly. And who says it can’t be fashionable, too? 

So, how many consumers buy or sell second-hand? Is slow fashion popular enough? And what reasons do shoppers have for switching to buying pre-loved items? To find out, we surveyed 2,000 UK consumers, asking how they engage with slow fashion and why. We’ve also looked at the evolution of the sale value of secondhand goods in Britain and included our top DIY tips on how to upcycle your clothing. Keep reading to find out!

Sarah-Jane Outten

Hi, I’m SJ. I’m an editor and content executive here at MyVoucherCodes. I started my journey here as a deals expert which gave me the skills to become a money-saving expert. You can find my tips and recommendations in various publications including The Sun, The Mirror, and The Telegraph.