One of my earliest (and fondest) childhood memories is scuffling through racks of musty old clothes at the local secondhand store with my mother. It’s a shopping ritual I wholly believe lead to my enduring and adoring love affair with fashion. The clothes that enveloped me as I ran under the racks of hanging textures, colors, and grandma’s attic smells were unique, of beautiful quality, and told a story. But more importantly, we wore the bejesus out of the pieces we bought. They were eco-friendly pieces that were priced perfectly within our means. Win-win.
Today, I work in an industry that is all about the cutting-edge and new, but I still maintain a deep-rooted connection with vintage. There is nothing quite like the thrill of finding a one-of-a-kind piece that you know no one else will be wearing. Not only does shopping vintage maintain individualism, but it also offers affordable access to designer heritage brands (hello, Gucci and Manolo Blahnik). Thrift shopping is also cost-effective, favors quality over quantity, and, moreover, encourages sustainability—a topic we here at Who What Wear do our best to be mindful of.