False myths about used clothing that need to be demolished

When we talk about used or second-hand clothing, a key issue is brought to the table: prejudice. The first step in overcoming any mistaken belief is to make it explicit and conscious, so that you can examine and test it.

Although many people have already clicked on their change of mentality, there are still those who consider, consciously or unconsciously, that second-hand clothes are something unworthy, excusing themselves behind famous phrases such as “it’s not for me”.

Let’s review some myths present in the collective unconscious to tear them down one by one.

Old Belief 1: Second-hand clothes are second-rate

The truth: There is used clothing of excellent quality and in perfect condition that can last much longer than a new garment manufactured under the “fast fashion” paradigm.

New belief: Second-hand clothing is “pre-loved” or pre-loved clothing. Let’s start by using the more positive term of this trend. After all, each garment has a story behind it that deserves to be told.

Old Belief 2: second-hand clothes are synonymous with poverty and shame

The truth: all or almost all of us have bought or received some used garment one or more times. Even if it’s secretly, or denying it. We can stop perceiving this as a symbol of need, and begin to associate it with more positive values ​​linked to sustainability and the search for a more conscious and slow life.

New belief: Wearing second-hand clothes is synonymous with our commitment to the planet and to the values ​​we uphold.

Old Belief 3: second-hand clothes are vintage fashion, only for young people

The truth: What is used is not a matter of age. Today, the variety in terms of styles, cuts and sizes is almost endless, making it possible for all of us to find clothes that suit our age, size and lifestyle.

New belief: Second-hand clothing is suitable for everyone without distinction of age or of any kind.

The old beliefs that we list, like many others, are still present in people, groups of people and even in entire societies. Hence the importance of putting them on the table and questioning them. Are they still really valid? Or are they ideas that have become obsolete given the current context?

The search for a sustainable life teaches us a new lesson: when we try to contribute to a higher cause, there is no class or origin distinction, since responsibility includes all of us.

In this sense, it is up to us to assume the challenge of sustainable fashion, attentive to the changes in our environment and our new internal needs in order to design the changes that allow us to set the tone and not be outdated with old paradigms.

What do you think about these prejudices? Do you think we are overcoming them?