One of the common thrifting myths is that you cannot find current, in-style, trendy pieces at the thrift store… If you doubt for a second that this is a myth, just scroll through my archives – I’ve thrifted pieces that are still on the regular retail racks and found hundreds of perfectly contemporary pieces in perfect condition. However, a recent thrift find has got me thinking about what it means to be “in style” or “up to date” these days, or conversely, “out of style” and “out of date.”
You see, my friend Randa has this piece and she’s had it for a while and I LOOOVVVEE it and am so happy to have found one in my size and now I have big plans to make her wear it at the same time as me next time I visit (heads up Randa!). I am not sure when this piece would have been in stores, but I’m guessing a couple of years ago at least. Now, I don’t particularly care whether I’m wearing the latest trend; I care more about what sparks joy and fits my mood and needs for the day. But some people do care… and here’s the thing: with fast fashion, there is a new trend every single day. The piece you buy today is already out-of-date tomorrow. There’s no such thing anymore as being “in style” except in reference to your own personal style, and there’s no such thing as out-of-date, if you ask me.
If you step out of the fast fashion race, you free yourself from the irrelevant question of in-style/out-of-style or up-to-date/out-of-date, and can instead focus on what YOU actually like and feel good in!
Not to mention, the longer you keep your garments and the more you wear them, the greater the bite you take out of the fast fashion industry and the more sustainable your wardrobe. #30wears Anyone who criticizes others for wearing out-of-date clothing is frankly ignorant and out-to-lunch. So there.