Hi there incoming LSE-ers!
Firstly, I’d love to give you a warm welcome to the LSESU Fashion Society, if you ever want to send us a message, give us a DM on Facebook or Instagram! Also, please do keep an eye out for all of our events as we on the committee can’t wait to meet you all. x
More than 300,000 tonnes of used clothing goes to landfill in the UK every year. That’s an estimated £140 million a year of labour and material sent to be trashed, annually. But, we already know fast fashion is highly problematic not only in it’s emissions but also in its treatment of labourers and we, as citizens of the world should contemplate on how we can be less of a problematic shopper. One of the many ways you can do this is to boycott high street brands as much as you can and buy second hand!
This is where I step in and offer some places in London which are really really good for second hand shopping:
My first choice and a place you’ll find me very often. There is also an abundance of food in the area which I recommend taking a look at!
- Shops they have : Fara, Oxfam, 2x Royal Trinity Hospice, Cancer Research, if you walk further down, a Mary’s Living and Giving
- Things you’ll find : The cheapest clothes in London probably. The Fara is pretty big so you’ll find many designer steals and a lot of choice. I’m also an amateur sewer and get all my material there.
- My best find : A £1.50 Naf Naf hot pink top that has gotten a lot of wear this summer
A nicer area with a higher price point. If I’m not mistaken, they also have a farmers market on every Sunday, which is a great place for cheese and bread! It’s also relatively close to Oxford Street so worth walking to if you’re in the area.
- Shops they have: Banardos, Cancer Research, Oxfam
- Things you’ll find: Because the area is nicer, you’ll definitely find a lot more designer clothes, but the staff know their designer a lot better which means the prices of said designers are hiked up a little higher.
- My best find: My £30 Marc Jacobs floral halter neck top
3. Notting Hill
Just a gem of an area in general, there are a lot of vintage shops and antique nic nacs to find. There’s also a lot of street food in the area and very pretty houses for you to take a look at too!
- Shops they have: Avery long list, so here’s a Google Maps snapshot
- Things you’ll find: Find out for yourself! I haven’t had a chance to fully explore the charity shops here but from the few I’ve had a look into, the prices are great and so is the stuff!
- My best find: My lovely £30 Coach mini bag
Loads of cheaper clothes and also a very cool place to be, I also recommend checking Camden market out whilst you’re in the area.
- Shops they have: Oxfam, Scope, Cancer Research and even a Traid (where the pieces are a lot more curated)
- Things you’ll find: A cheap and extensive range of clothing.
- My best find: A vintage Naf Naf bomber jacket (£30)
5. South Kensington
Very pretty area close to Hyde Park, especially convenient if you’re on your way to meet a friend from Imperial 🙂
- Shops they have: Fara, Royal Trinity Hospice, Oxfam, Octavia Foundation, Cancer Research, Geranium Shop
- Things you’ll find: Things are definitely a lot more expensive in this area (but you can defo still find a bargain). I figured this out because a Zara shirt in Angel may be priced at £5 but in South Ken you’d probably find the same thing for over £10. Having said this, it’s the place to go if you’re looking for vintage designer, they have Prada kitten heels in many of the shops and I’ve seen some very cool Miu Miu knitwear.
- My best find: My Zadig and Voltaire skirt (£10)
My home town and a very lovely place to be! There are many shops along Wimbledon Broadway and also a few more if you walk up the hill towards the village. I would make a day trip of it and go for a wander in Wimbledon Common
right next to the village as well.
- Shops they have: Broadway: Royal Trinity Hospice, Scope, Cancer Research, Oxfam, British Heart Foundation. Village: Oxfam, British Heart Foundation, Cancer Research, Boutique by Shelter
- Things you’ll find: Just about anything. They have nic nacs, graphic t-shirts, big fur coats and some great summer dresses. My personal favourite is the Boutique by Shelter as I usually tend to find more designer gems and some nicer clothes.
- My best find: I’m a sucker for grandma knitwear and managed to grab a lovely mint green cardi for £1!!!
This is by no means an exhaustive list (I could definitely list many more areas) but I recommend all of you to explore the charity shops of London personally.
All the love,
Nat the LSESU Fashion Soc Secretary <3