Here are seven op shopping tips to get you started on your op-shopping adventures.
1. Educate yourself and be hungry for knowledge
Read Fashion magazines, look at style websites, research brands, check out the trends, understand cut, color, fabric and form. The more you know the better you can op shop.
2. Be prepared
Go shopping with an idea in mind to avoid that overwhelming feeling.
3. Follow the fashion fundamentals
Seek out and stick to the classics. Timeless pieces like a great pair of jeans, a white tee, a little black dress, a trench coat. Op shops are filled with great versions of these and once you have them you can build and play with the trends from there.
4. DIY and customize
You don’t have to pay hundreds of dollars for ripped jeans or a bejeweled clutch when you can make it yourself. Surf the world wide web for inspiration.
5. Shop the Store
Don’t just look in your section. Half my wardrobe is from the men’s section. Try it on, you never know.
6. Become friends with your regular op shops
Get to know when they receive new donations.
7. Set a good tailor on speed dial
Maybe the Chanel jacket you found has boxy shoulder pads, but if you have it altered it will still be so much cheaper than the original price tag.
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Kira Simpson is a sustainability advocate, climate optimist and founder, and editor of The Green Hub. Her own sustainable living journey began five years ago when she realised our choices matter. What we eat, where we shop, what we wear, how we live, these choices have the power to shape the kind of world we want to live in. Since launching The Green Hub in 2016 she has grown the blog to become a platform for sustainable fashion and conscious living helping people make lifestyle choices which are kinder to the planet.