As a Plus Size Woman that prefers affordable vintage clothing over trendy pieces, I have been extremely lucky when shopping at my local DC Goodwill to find quality unique staple pieces to add to my existing wardrobe.
Thrifting has become a past time for many. It has hit the social media waves of TikTok and has a thriving community. Many people think of thrifting as a sustainable ethic. However, a problematic situation is arising—thrift over-consumption. Over-consumption is negative for several reasons.
Preloved often means that an item of clothing or accessory was owned by someone else prior to being bought by another. Corporations and individuals both can sell preloved items, and engage in preloved culture respectively. Preloved as a concept is not bound to the context of a store but rather is connected to the concept of selling items to another than you no longer need or have utilization for.
I felt low on fashion inspiration this past month. Post-holiday doldrums, continued political violence, and a wild work schedule — clothes felt unimportant. I decided to go back in time with the help of an old University of Maryland yearbook, picked up at Goodwill, of course! What style tips do the Terrapins of the Class of 1963 have for us from the past? Let’s find out…