After launching my Secondhand Staples series earlier this year, I’ve found myself enjoying creating content around the topic more and more. I’ve been researching ethical fashion and digging deeper into the politics of the fashion industry, learning all sorts of things. I think this is becoming my favourite feature, and I’m excited to share my findings as I go along this journey. The secondhand staple I’m highlighting today is an absolute key piece in everyone’s wardrobe: black skinny jeans!
Why black skinny jeans?
I am pretty convinced that no wardrobe is complete without a pair of well-loved black skinny jeans. They’re flattering, they go with almost everything, and they’re usually pretty sturdy. They’re easy to dress up for work or down for the weekend. Black skinny jeans never go out of fashion, and they’re never out of place, either!
How to buy them secondhand
I’m becoming pretty savvy around our local charity shops, and the one thing I’ve noticed is that high-quality jeans and trousers are in very short supply. While I regularly check the trouser rack, I only rarely find anything I like in a charity shop. Therefore, when I’m buying jeans, I tend to source them secondhand on eBay instead.
Generally, jeans aren’t difficult to buy on there, but there are two things I would recommend to make your life a bit easier. The first is to know what you want. Jeans are a really individual thing, and there are so many styles on the market that you’re sure to find something that’s perfect for you if you’re persistent. Once you’ve found a style you like, searching for that specific cut in your size on eBay should help to narrow down the selection of black skinny jeans to something more manageable. Secondly, whether you’re buying online or in person, I would recommend taking a very good look at the images (or the garment if you’re in-store). Make sure that they’re in top-top condition – check the seams, too! What’s the point in buying a secondhand staple in the hopes of reducing waste if it breaks after two wears and you can’t wear it anymore? Of course, I recommend this with every secondhand item you buy, but I think it’s especially important with jeans since they get so much wear.
I hope you’ve found this post useful. I’d love to see your own secondhand staples, so please do let me know if you’re posting about them!