“I buy all my used clothes, even my bras”

Becky Hughes saved thousands by committing to buying only used clothes for two years - bras included!  (Catering)

Becky Hughes saved thousands by committing to buying only used clothes for two years – bras included! (Catering)

Not only does buying used clothes help us do our part for sustainability, but it can also save us some pennies.

Now, a woman has revealed she has thousands of pounds in her pocket, thanks to a pledge to buy only her favorite clothes — bras included.

For nearly 15 years, Becky Hughes, 24, of Wolverhampton, has enjoyed trawling at charity stores and thrift stores for second-hand deals, but in 2018 she committed to not buying more fast fashion, and says she now rarely buys any brand. , If any. the new.

The fast fashion industry, while cheap, can be ethically questionable, which is a major reason why Hughes has vowed to shop only at second-hand stores.

She started searching charity stores, but now uses a whole host of sites and apps, including Vinted, to expand her wardrobe at super low prices.

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Hughes also sells her finds and has made over 2,000. (Catering)

Hughes also sells her finds and has brought in more than £2,000. (Catering)

Her frugal style department has had a financial benefit too, with Hughes saving around £840 each year since she made her previous pledge.

“Previously, I would spend £20 a week on a new outfit to get out of,” explains Hughes, who works in marketing for a charity. “Now it’s probably £10 a month, if that’s the case. As a very young, fashion-conscious person, it’s really nice to be able to ignore trends and focus on what I love.”

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Since 2018, Hughes has only bought used clothes, and saved thousands by sticking to charity stores and apps like Vinted.  (Catering)

Since 2018, Hughes has only bought used clothes, and saved thousands by sticking to charity stores and apps like Vinted. (Catering)

Not only is Hughes now shopping more carefully, choosing pieces she knows she’ll wear over and over and only buying unique items that she really loves, she’s also shopping for much less.

“I was wearing something, and then I don’t want to wear it again because I posted a picture on Instagram,” she says of her previous way of thinking. I guess, well, everyone has already seen it so I can’t wear it again.

“Now when I’m shopping, I think really well when I’m going to wear something, does it match the clothes I already have, stuff like that.

“I’m a lot slower about the whole process in general, and I usually like a few items and then come back and review them a day or two later.

“You’d be surprised how many things you realize you don’t like or don’t wear just by doing this!”

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Hughes also made money selling her favorite clothes beforehand, and estimates that she made around £2,000 from sending her clothes to a new owner.

“I hate the idea of ​​things ending up in landfill, which is why I love selling things in landfill,” she explains.

“If you only have something in your wardrobe, and it’s not being worn, it’s very easy to post it for sale.

“So someone is going to actually wear it and enjoy it, and you get some money out of it, so it’s a win-win situation for everyone.”

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Hughes says she's been happier since leaving fast fashion.  (Catering)

Hughes says she’s been happier since she left fast fashion. (Catering)

Hughes bought a whole bunch of stylish, lovable pre-owned clothes, but one of her favorite second-hand finds was a Valentino designer shirt which she bought for just £4, even though it originally cost more than £500.

While she’s happy to buy almost anything used, she draws the line at knickers, but says she’s bought pre-loved bras from Vinted.

“My attitude has always been, I can always wash it, and then I’m happy to wear it,” she says.

“It doesn’t bother me at all, but I understand why some people don’t want to do it.”

Now that she’s an expert in second-hand shopping and selling, Hughes wants to help encourage others to shop more sustainable and caring, sharing her best finds and tips on Instagram at @beckymaryhughes.

“My attitude towards clothes and the way I treat the clothes I put in has completely changed,” she says.

“I’m really much happier now that I’ve stopped buying fast fashion.”

Additional Caters reports.

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