Caring for your Pre-loved/Current items
Don’t give up on your clothes/items that need some extra loving! One thing that is super important is caring for your things. I was a person that would love something and then wear it to death, literally til it just looked so worn. Of course I have items that are worn BUT there is a difference between worn without care and worn with care. I never used to take care of my things, I wouldn’t buy the leather protectors, water proofers or even take caution in how I handled them. This would ultimately lead to me buying new items constantly, which is a waste of money and a waste in general. Another way you can limit the life on your items is by washing them excessively.
Now, if you have items that are ripped, or a hassle when you wear them because they need some tweaking in any way, I suggest trying to fix it yourself before just chucking them. For example I have a stripped button down that I bought second hand and I love it to bits. One concern I had when I purchased it was that the material was thin and because I have a large bust, I would see gaps in between the fabric. I wasn’t sure exactly what I was going to do to fix it but I knew I wanted to try. What I ended up doing was sewing the shirt all the way down to ensure no gaps. Obviously before I did this, I made sure I would be able to put on and take off the shirt buttoned completely. There are many other ways in which I have made clothes to fit me best to my liking. I encourage you to do it too! In this way if you do try to work with an item and it doesn’t end the way you wish, you know you tried.
Side note: It may seem impossible that you could find the items you are looking for second hand but it isn’t! Granted, some items will take longer to find than others for example, my stripped top and even my white button down. All you need is a little patience and adventure to be willing to go on the hunt for preloved finds that can last a while!
When I think about it, a lot of my items are second hand and that rocks. Most of them, I have had to do some tweaking. I have had to cut pants because they were too long but I have a cool fringed look on the bottom. For two separate tops I have created a boxy tee look and the other I sewed the sides because it had slits and I wasn’t a fan. All of these items came out great and I wear them with confidence! We can’t expect to save money if we are firstly constantly buying and secondly, neglecting to care for them the way they need to be. I never read the labels on the inside of my things, I would always cut them out but they are essential to lasting garments! I hope these tips have helped, I love preloved items and I am hoping after this you will take the chance to see if you do too.