How to Style – Pre-loved Pieces

Following the disastrous collapse of the Rana Plaza garment factory in Bangladesh on April 24 in 2013 has grown a movement that questions the social and environmental problems of the fashion industry. Fashion Revolution calls on us to think more consciously about the clothing we wear and the impact it has and to specifically ask the brands we buy from ‘Who Made My Clothes’?

There are lots of ways we can become a more conscious consumer (we talk about a few of them in our book) but in this post we are going to focus on one in particular – embracing pre-loved fashion. Billions of new garments are produced each year, majority of which end up in landfill after being worn only a handful of times. There are multiple points at which we can break this cycle but today we are going to focus on a few ways to keep garments from ending up in landfill.

Here are a few suggestions:

  • Make do and mend
  • Have pieces that no longer fit altered or up-cycled
  • Attend a clothes swap to swap pieces you no longer wear for something new
  • Donate good quality pieces to charity shop
  • Gift pieces you no longer wear to a friend

To mark fashion revolution week, I have styled a few of my favourite pre-loved finds with existing pieces in my wardrobe. Second hand does not mean second best, everyone should consider purchasing or swapping pre-loved pieces. Not only is it kinder to the environment, you never know what you might find!

Grandma Chic

Dress: Pre-loved from Yarn Yarns

Hairclip: Kundalini Hair

Shoes: Sissa Sorella


Harris Tweed blazer: Pre-loved from Recylce Boutique

Blouse: Pre-loved from Paris

Bag: Pre-loved Celine from Claire Inc

Headband: Sovata

Clueless Equestrian

Blazer: Pre-loved from Salvos Stores

Boots: Sissa Sorella


Skirt: Pre-loved leather from a clothes swap

Belt: Pre-loved from Paris

Shoes: Pre-loved Christian Lacroix from a stall at the Canberra Fashion Market

Earrings: Pre-loved Chanel gifted from a friend

Bag: Pre-loved from an antique shop

Romantic Noir

Top: Pre-loved from a clothes swap

Hairclip: Kundalini Hair

Emma Batchelor

Emma Batchelor

As well as a near obsessive interest in fashion, Emma is a former scientist, occasional contemporary dancer, avid reader and self-confessed cat lady (she has three). Emma lived in Leiden in the Netherlands as a baby and Leiden ought to have been her middle name had her mother thought of it at the time and not chosen Louise instead.

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