Second Hand September is a challenge to shop and manage your wardrobe in a more sustainable way – and throughout the month you’ve been inspiring us with your incredible second hand finds, your passion and your commitment.

It’s impossible to choose from the 50,000 (eek!) incredible posts celebrating Second Hand September, but we’ve had a go at choosing our top looks to keep you going on your second-hand journey beyond the month of September.

Gorgeous Summer Finds

These preloved outfits were made for the sun. From stunning florals to light floaty combinations and bright colours, you made the most of that last bit of sunshine in September.

 

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So it’s #SecondhandSeptember! As a lifelong wearer of #SecondhandFashion, I’m so happy that this month is about encouraging the world to adopt the secondhand clothing lifestyle! (In safe ways). This monochrome look is #Secondhand and #Preloved! Did you know that more 80 – 150 billion new garments produced worldwide each year, more than double what was made in the year 2000. Of the textiles made each year, 85% ends up in landfill or incinerated. Having a circular fashion system where majority of people wear secondhand reduces our reliance on brand new clothes which require plundering the earth for raw materials and fossil fuels to manufacture them. This polka dot top is from @savers_au / @savers_thrift op shop. The tan belt is from @noffsopshops. The skirt and red vintage bag in photo 2 are from @facebookmarketplace. #CircularFashion #CircularEconomy #MakeFashionCircular Thanks beautiful @elifezgi.budak for the lovely photos! 💚💚

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♻️𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚍𝚘𝚗’𝚝 𝚑𝚊𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚞𝚢 𝚋𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚗𝚎𝚠 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚎 𝚜𝚝𝚢𝚕𝚒𝚜𝚑. ♻️𝚈𝚘𝚞 𝚍𝚘𝚗’𝚝 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚋𝚞𝚢 𝚋𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚗𝚎𝚠 𝚝𝚘 𝚏𝚎𝚎𝚕 𝚕𝚒𝚔𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚜𝚎𝚕𝚏. ♻️𝙰𝚗𝚍 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚍𝚘𝚗’𝚝 𝚗𝚎𝚎𝚍 𝚝𝚘 𝚜𝚑𝚘𝚙 𝚋𝚛𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚗𝚎𝚠 𝚝𝚘 𝚏𝚒𝚗𝚍 𝚝𝚑𝚎 𝚝𝚑𝚒𝚗𝚐𝚜 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚠𝚎𝚊𝚛! ♻️𝚂𝚑𝚘𝚙𝚙𝚒𝚗𝚐 𝚙𝚛𝚎𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎𝚍 𝚒𝚜 𝚊𝚗 𝚊𝚍𝚟𝚎𝚗𝚝𝚞𝚛𝚎 𝚊𝚗𝚍 𝚠𝚎 𝚕𝚘𝚟𝚎 𝚝𝚘 𝚝𝚊𝚔𝚎 𝚢𝚘𝚞 𝚘𝚗 𝚝𝚑𝚊𝚝 𝚓𝚘𝚞𝚛𝚗𝚎𝚢!!! . . . Model: @cnrgrn Photography: @serenhmorris #buypreloved #bethnalgreen #londoncharity #londoncharityshop #buyforcharity #thrift #thrifted #thriftedfashion #thriftedshirt #secondhandseptember #oxfambethnalgreen

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♻️💜Dearest @baygarnett you really do make the BEST of shopkeepers. Hope the tills keep on ringin’. Caroline x . ♻️💜Second hand: @zara tiered maxi dress, £18, bought earlier today at the @oxfamgb pop-up @theofficialselfridges London with all proceeds to Oxfam. . ♻️💜Curated by Bay Garnett and the @oxfamfestshop team the pop-up – part of Oxfam’s Second Hand September campaign – runs in conjunction with Project Earth, Selfridges sustainability initiative, both weaving so well together. Here for the next 4 weeks the stock continues to rotate and they’ve kept the pricing as they would within Oxfam (think boutique end) which is quite incredible given their 2nd floor designer label neighbours. . ♻️💜It really was a treat for me to get into London today and what made it special was being able to try on (in a beautiful dressing area) and to see garments treated as they would if brand new: from the velvet hangers; the spacing on the rails; the lighting; the swing tag labels; to the iconic Selfridges yellow bag & tissue paper and fantastic service. At this end of the fashion spectrum it is all in the detail so it’s wonderful to see the second-hand-kid-on-the-block looking very much at home♻️💜 . ♻️💜Styled with @cabbagewhiteengland silver stars bangle; grey plastic bangle and Holmes of Norwich vintage clutch all @oxfamgb finds. Emerald & diamond 1920s ring @loweandsons. . NEW: @hokaoneone Arahi trainers @upandrunninguk Chester. Neon hoop earrings @claireseurope. Knickers model’s own. . Photo thanks to Mary Jones. #secondhandseptember #knickersmodelsown #slowfashion #secondhandfashion #projectearth #selfridges #selfridgeslondon #prelovedfashion #zara #zarawomen #maxidress #purple #purpledress #hokaoneone #arahi4

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I bought this dress for £6 (that’s right, SIX quid!!!) in @oxfambotanic back in August for my wee niece’s christening. I have honestly never gotten as many compliments about a dress in my life and so many people expected it to have cost an absolute fortune. I’m not even sure what the original brand is or how much it initially sold for, but I LOVE finding absolute hidden gems like this in charity shops, and it also means that most likely, nobody else will have the same outfit as you! Plus if you’re like me and you often buy a fancy dress to more or less only wear the once for a special occasion, you won’t feel as guilty as you would if you had spent a fortune on it for it to just hang in your wardrobe the rest of the time!! 👗 Bonus benefits: More money for fun things 😉 #sustainablefashion

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Are you taking part in @oxfamgb #secondhandseptember? 👕👗👟👒 Check out these pics of Team TCC’s favourite secondhand outfits. Most of the clothes are either bought from charity shops or borrowed from friends and family and they look great! ✨ There are lots of benefits to shopping secondhand: 💚 Lower carbon emissions ✅ Did you know that the fashion industry emits around 10% of global carbon emissions? ♻️ Reduces waste ✅ every week 11 million items of clothing from the UK end up in landfill! 💵 It can save you money ✅ secondhand items, not just clothes but household appliances and technology, often cost less! 💚 Helps charities ✅ buying from charity shops provides those charities with essential funds. It’s not too late to sign up! #charitytuesday

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How’s #secondhandseptember going for you so far? I’ve obviously gone crazy on new puppy supplies, but for me? I’m 99% second hand this month, having had to upgrade my gym kit as – surprise surprise – it no longer fits after 6 months of not being used, and I’m loyal to the brand that stretches across my bum. This whole lewk is 100% thrifted, including the shoes you cannot see. There’s so much treasure to be found out there, preloved and lovely and affordable! . . . #ColoursInCaptivity #confidentlycolourful #EricaTakesSelfies #midsizecollective #midsizegals #midsizestyle #shpbrights #happyselves #discoverunder10k #averagegirlsize #reallifeandstyle #size14style #comfyandcute #secondhandstyle #thriftedstyle #colourfulandkind #charityshopfind #secondhandfinds

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Autumnal Treasures

It’s the time of year to start wrapping up in cosy jumpers and warm coats, as well as the stunning auburn gems found by these second-hand pros.

 

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It’s September! Which means @oxfamgb #secondhandseptember is back 🌏🧡🌿 it’s basically a pledge we can all take to only buy secondhand for 30 days or more. 336,000 tonnes of clothing are being sent to UK landfill each year, that weighs as much as the Empire State Building! ⁣ ⁣ Last years #secondhandseptember created a carbon footprint reduction from everyone who took part was 1,500 tonnes – the same emissions equivalent to driving a car around the world 200 times. Let’s do it again this year! ⁣ ⁣ One of my favourite ways to shop secondhand is by searching for vintage clothes online on Etsy, eBay and depop. I also love going to charity shops and finding gems. I would love for you to get involved as well if you can. Dm me pictures of your secondhand outfits or tag #secondhandseptember & #secondhandwithflorence and at the end of the month I will share my favourite outfits on my stories! 💫🌻

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So today sees the end of #secondhandSeptember and my relaunch of #prelovedpretties but as you all know this is a way of life for me. I gave up fast fashion many moons ago, of course there are rare times I purchase new but it’s aways a considered purchase, however I never feel the same giddiness as I do when I find a vintage gem in a charity shop! It’s my ultimate in feel good shopping so I’m thrilled that preloved is getting the attention and platform it deserves in the style stakes. . Thank you to all who have shared their looks with me and joined in to really celebrate how creatively stylish shopping secondhand can be. I hope you have all enjoyed some inspiration… I know I have! . Im closing the show, of course, in a fully thrifted outfit.this vintage housecoat is giving me life! Does this count as going out in my Pj’s? @affectionatelyaudrey #hodgepodgestyle 😘 . . . . #slowfashion #charityshop #charityshopfind #sustainablefashion #ethicalshopping #ootd #outfitinspiration #style #fashion #greenfashion #ethicalfashion #slowfashionblogger #saynotofastfashion #thriftedootd #lotd #secondhand #preloved #housecoat #prelovedpretties #wiwt #fashiondiaries #fashiongram

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These doc martens were £12.50 from @oxfamgb and I won’t shut up about it. My coat is also #oxfam .✨

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Denim Thrifters

Considering that it would take 13 years to drink the water that goes into making a new shirt and pair of jeans, thrifting second hand denim is a win for the environment and for keeping clothes out of landfill.

 

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Thrifted Top Shop Skirt £1.00 Thrifted Cropped Shirt £3.00 #secondhandclothes #mysecondhandwardrobe #secondhandseptember

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Special Day Find

Finally, we saw stunning photos of brides choosing preloved dresses on their big day, but Bophanie’s story was particularly touching for her family experiences with Oxfam.

 

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“In 1981, Oxfam employees posted in Cambodia befriended and sponsored my parents who were fleeing from the Khmer Rouge. They helped them leave a Thai refugee camp, campaigned for their UK citizenship and set up what would become our family home, even posting internal office sign-up sheets to find furniture to fill it. “It was so important for me to get my wedding dress from Oxfam, to pay a small tribute to the people and organisation that we literally owe our whole lives to. As we told the story of the dress in our speeches, I knew how much it meant to my mum and dad, as well as our sponsors (now our oldest, closest family friends) who sat next to them on the day. “Aside from the sentimental reasons, it felt so good to choose second hand. I ended up with two perfect dresses (which were ex display rather than pre worn) and the volunteers did everything they could to make it a special ‘bridal’ experience. I tell anyone who will listen the story and am so proud to be an Oxfam bride.” Bophanie Bophanie’s incredible story is about more than a wedding dress. It tells us about resilience, friendship and what we can achieve when we come together. Here she is walking down the aisle with her parents. Swipe to see the sign-up sheet Oxfam staff posted in their office back in 1981, when they helped her family find furniture for their first home in the UK. Better still, all the funds raised from her dress will help other families through difficult times too. We’re so happy she shared this remarkable family story with us – thank you, Bophanie . . . . . . . . . Photos: Ed Lovelace @drlovelace #SecondHandSeptember #SustainableFashion #SecondHandFashion #SlowFashion #Fashion #SayYesToSecondHand #SecondHand #PreLoved #Sustainable #Vintage #Oxfamily #Bridal #Bride #Wedding #WeddingDress @oxfamonlineshop

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Thank you to everyone who took part in Second Hand September 2020. Whether you had conversations with friends and family, bought some second-hand items or donated clothes to keep them from landfill – you’ve made a difference.

 

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