Second Hand Fashion
This article is part of the project Montreal Experiences and Lifestyle. Two ways of dressing - buy from a regular clothing store and wear the latest trends related to what seasonal ads tell us or wear second hand fashion and be also on the top of trendyness!
Here is an instructional manual how to get dressed 'second hand fashioned':
1. Buy vintage in a second hand shop, women's used clothing shops, second hand clothing stores, charity stores, or retro stores. You can even look in your grandmothers drawer
2. Get dressed up. Don't worry about mixing summer clothes and winter clothes, weird color combinations, old clothes and new clothes. Basically, everything can be combined- there are no limits, be creative!
This is Erica Brisson: She is a Montreal based interdisciplinary artist and cultural critic. Look for her recent essay about Toronto based artist Diane Borsato coming to you next month.
Why dress 'second hand' ? One of the motivations can be to break the consumer chain. Tons of clothes are thrown out every year. Wearing used clothes is seen as a kind of recycling. It is also much cheaper than buying regular clothes. Dressing up is getting challenging and also more fun.
Useful links: + Freedom Clothing is a fashion collective that strives to promote local designers and craftsters in Toronto. This creative retail and studio space offers one of a few garments as well as gently used vintage clothing. + preloved is a Toronto and Montreal based boutique specializing in the redesign of vintage clothing + info about recycling clothes + Book: 'Old clothes, new looks: Second Hand Fashion' by Alexandra Palmer and Hazel Clark