Foraging for classic style this February — That’s Not My Age

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I didn’t realise I needed a sherbet yellow fluffy jumper till it was staring me within the eye. I’d not thought of possessing such a garment, till it was in my fingers: yellow, fuzzy and engaging. At solely £2.95 in an RSPCA charity store, that Large Hen ball of enjoyable grew to become considered one of winter’s most-worn sweaters bringing some much-needed playfulness to the dreary months.

There’s so much to be mentioned for style foraging.

Though I’ve a transparent thought of the basic items I generally put on, I at all times depart area for the serendipitous encounter. We’d know what we want however don’t at all times know what we would like, till it finds us. Or, we discover it. Like bargain-hunters, thrifters or rummagers, the style forager will quest for the undiscovered gem and is ready to speculate appreciable time on this illusive hunt.

Jade Halbert, a Glasgow-based style historian and lecturer is a seasoned model hunter and believes a mix of visible and haptic abilities are essential for efficient foraging. ‘First, you have to ‘get your eye in’ and determine probably profitable objects by print, lower or embellishment. I can run my hand alongside a charity store rail and distinguish the standard linen, cashmere, silk or cotton objects from the poorer high quality items.’


Classic sneakers. Picture: Charity Tremendous.mkt


The quick style revolution has had a detrimental knock-on impact on the general high quality of clothes in charity outlets. Many are actually flooded with low cost cast-offs, not essentially previous however poorly constructed from low cost materials. So as, to create garments at these costs, it’s a must to think about the possibly doubtful working situations of the garment makers which can embrace kids. The thought just isn’t conducive to comfortable procuring.

The style forager thrives in sure environments:  jumble gross sales, junk outlets, yard gross sales, markets, boot festivals, garments swap events, kilo outlets and so on., wherever that hasn’t been merchandised to dying and invitations a way of discovery; wherever that doesn’t do all of the considering and discovering for you. On the excessive road and other than the second-hand sector, low cost shops like TK Maxx or designer villages are additionally siren calls to the wily forager.

The treasure hunt ideas will also be utilized in a web-based context. ‘Vinted is nice as a result of the emphasis is extra on wardrobe clearing than profit-chasing so costs are extra cheap,’ enthuses Halbert who discovered a classic camel John Galliano jacket on Vinted for £30. Colette Bardell, an Ayurvedic Marketing consultant seeks out equipment on eBay and just lately discovered a silver crochet beret for a fiver. ‘You actually should focus on-line. It’s straightforward to get distracted.’


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With low cost value tags, the temptation to splurge is powerful however prone to be a false financial system. In these environments of lots, whether or not bodily or on-line, extra discernment is required, not much less. The aware forager is simply as prone to come away empty-handed and would like this to a basket of tat that can sit, equally unloved, in a darkish wardrobe.

Bardell continues, ‘I at all times verify for flaws like holes, stains or lacking buttons. If the garment is broken, I ask myself, ‘can or not it’s repaired or upcycled?’ Different key inquiries to weigh up the tat or treasure conundrum are:  Is it one thing I can put on instantly? How will it work with the remainder of my wardrobe? Does it match correctly? What’s the high quality and make like? Cut price or not, you need the piece to be just right for you and to final.

‘Foraging is a problem and journey and retains me targeted on high quality and match fairly than the newest traits,’ provides Halbert. HR Advisor, Zoe Michael believes ‘shopping for one thing distinctive and low cost generally is a actual kick and therapeutic plus it’s sustainable so, I additionally really feel like I’m doing my bit for the surroundings.’  Once you discover a fantastic shock through foraging, one thing you hadn’t actually thought of earlier than, it’s an analogous thrill to discovering a brand new musician on Spotify. Leaving area for probability encounters wants an open thoughts and a willingness to embrace the sudden.

Glad foraging!


Nilgin Yusuf is a contract author and common TNMA contributor.



Wayne Hemingway and Maria Chenoweth


SECOND-HAND STYLE NOTE: London Foragers, don’t miss the Charity Tremendous.mkt.

Designer Wayne Hemingway and CEO of Traid Maria Chenoweth have joined forces to create a ‘ charity store division retailer’ within the former TopShop at Brent Cross Purchasing Centre. The ten charities concerned, embrace: Age UK, Traid, Shelter, Barnardo’s and Most cancers Analysis, and the grocery store is open till 12 March 2023. Extra particulars HERE.