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Woman says she saves money buying everything second-hand, including underwear

A woman who would splurge on fast fashion at least once a week has revealed she now saves thousands of dollars by buying almost everything she wears second-hand.

Becky Hughes, 24, who has worked in sustainable fashion in London for three years, said she spent a ‘ridiculous’ amount of money on fast fashion before making the decision to shop entirely pre-loved.

She admitted to receiving at least 60 Amazon orders a year, while spending at least £20 a week on clothes to wear to parties.

Becky told My London that she now buys everything second-hand, including underwear and shoes, saying: “I’ve been known to buy second-hand bras, I feel like it does not matter.” I just washed them and there are some wonderful bras you can find used.

Becky Hughes, 24, from the West Midlands, has revealed she buys almost everything she owns second-hand. Pictured: Becky wearing a t-shirt from a charity shop, a denim corset from Vinted, a skirt from Primark and a bag her mother owned in the 2000s

Becky started out shopping at charity stores and volunteered at a local store to get first pick donations.  Pictured: outfit from Vinted

Becky has become a fan of websites and apps that breathe new life into clothes.  Pictured: Top: Rosayb, Other pieces: FassionUK

Becky used to shop at charity stores, before becoming a fan of websites and apps that breathe new life into clothes. Pictured left: outfit from Vinted, right: top from Roasyb and other pieces from FassionUK

‘Actually, I brought a bra [second-hand clothing app] Vinted the other day, it’s in great condition, barely worn, and it’s from Ann Summers. It’s beautiful and it suits me perfectly.

Becky explained that second-hand shopping has made her more conscious because each item is purchased with the intention of being worn repeatedly.

At first, she scouted for fashionable pieces at charity shops and volunteered at her local store to get first picks from early donations, but now she shops from home from a range of websites and stores. ‘apps.

Believing she is now saving thousands of pounds with this method, the sustainable fashion enthusiast said the process was more enjoyable than buying from fast fashion brands as she didn’t feel the pressure to keep up with trends and focused on his individual style.

She said her most impressive vintage purchases included £20 boots from the 1990s and a 1970s blouse bought for just £3.

Becky said she is saving thousands of pounds because her purchases are now made with the intention of wearing the items repeatedly.  Pictured: Top of Bird Song London

Becky said she is saving thousands of pounds as her purchases are now made with the intention of wearing the items repeatedly. Pictured: Top of Bird Song London

Becky said buying used is more enjoyable than buying fast fashion because she doesn't feel the pressure to follow trends.  Pictured: Sweater and pants from Vinted, the Zebra top is second-hand and a friend's bag

Becky said buying used is more enjoyable than buying fast fashion because she doesn’t feel the pressure to follow trends. Pictured: Sweater and pants from Vinted, the Zebra top is second-hand and a friend’s bag

Becky said she also buys from independent designers who create clothes from recycled materials.  Pictured: Oxfam top and We Are Nuw blazer

Becky said she also buys from independent designers who create clothes from recycled materials. Pictured: Oxfam top and We Are Nuw blazer

Becky explained that second-hand clothes are often higher quality than items listed on fast fashion websites and that she’s unlikely to ever see someone else wearing the same item while walking around. the street.

She has earned over £2,000 selling her own wardrobe using Vinted, the app is designed to breathe new life into clothes.

The fashion-conscious shopper has amassed nearly 16,000 Instagram followers by sharing her vintage purchases and tips for second-hand shopping.

Becky says 98% of her purchases are second-hand, while the remaining 2% come from independent designers who create clothes from recycled materials.

Advising people to make meaningful purchases, Becky said: “Think about things like, ‘What else do I have that goes with this? “. If you know you’re not going to wear something, don’t buy it – you’re not going to waste your money.

Becky said she had sold over £2,000 of her own wardrobe on second-hand app Vinted.  Pictured: sunglasses from BlooBloom, a top from Vinted and jeans from the Cancer Research store

Becky said she had sold over £2,000 of her own wardrobe on second-hand app Vinted. Pictured: sunglasses from BlooBloom, a top from Vinted and jeans from the Cancer Research store

She adds that it’s important to be honest and use good quality photos when listing your own items online.

Becky frequently receives comments from people praising her for being an advocate for sustainable fashion.

One person wrote: “Consuming less is definitely more. Less on social media is more. More freedom, better sensations. Fashion is very complex, but having grown up without fast fashion, I luckily never spent any money on it. Making my own clothes made me realize the value. Hopefully more people will buy less fast fashion.

‘We love this Becky! It’s about making conscious, slow choices and buying only what you really like! We love this outfit too, it’s so groovy,” another said.

A third added: “Yes!” Overconsumption in the fashion industry is so prevalent! We are taught that you have to constantly buy to be fashionable, which is really not the case.

Becky has received feedback from other sustainable fashion fans and believes there is overconsumption in the industry

Becky has received feedback from other sustainable fashion fans and believes there is overconsumption in the industry