Iso is building quite a selection (Picture: @isoneville/Caters News)
A 24-year-old who decided to forgo fast fashion can save over £3,500 a month on designer goods by shopping second-hand – and she wants to inspire you to do the same.
Iso Neville, from London, says luxury shopping is much more accessible for her as she makes huge savings on items such as Louis Vuitton handbags and Burberry trench coats.
And that’s all thanks to charity shops.
Iso, who works in social media, said: ‘I have always loved fashion and I have always been a huge fan of designer items.
‘However, they’re just not affordable enough to buy them new.
‘Since I have started shopping second-hand, designer items have become so much more accessible to me.
‘And they are always in amazing condition and far better quality than items we buy from fast fashion brands. They are always timeless pieces too.’
Iso modelling some of her second-hand clothes (Picture: @isoneville/Caters News)
She discovered one of her best charity shop finds this month in the form of Chloe boots.
‘I was browsing a second-hand resale site and I came across a pair of Chloe boots that still had the tags on,’ Iso recalled.
‘They retail for £1,421 and I got them for just £91. I made a saving of £1,330 on these boots, I was so happy.
‘One of my other top second-hand buys was a Louis Vuitton handbag that retails for £1,250 and I got it for £321 which is another huge saving.
‘I have also bought a second-hand Burberry trench coat for £150 and a vintage Burberry handbag for just £20.’
Her second-hand wardrobe (Picture: @isoneville/Caters News)
Upon finding such incredible pieces, Iso feels ecstatic to have found something she wouldn’t usually be able to afford.
‘I get such a rush when I find these pieces, it’s such a good feeling and it’s guilt-free,’ she said.
‘Most charity shops have a designer section so I always tend to gravitate towards that area to see what bargains I can find.
‘I check online charity sites every day to make sure I don’t miss anything amazing, I also have alerts set up for my favourite brands.
Iso has a keen eye (Picture: @isoneville/Caters News)
‘And during the weekends I love to go and browse different charity shops around London. I started to shop 100% second-hand at the start of 2019 as I set myself the challenge for a new year’s resolution and I just carried on ever since.
‘My wardrobe is now over 75% second-hand and the items that aren’t I have had for over two years since I stopped buying new items.’
Iso hopes that by sharing her style, she’ll encourage others to ditch fast fashion and give charity shopping alone.
She added: ‘There are enough garments in the world to clothe the next six generations so it just makes sense to me to use what is already in circulation because I can keep getting my hands on so many amazing items without having to buy from new.
‘It can be challenging but it has taught me to no longer be so specific when looking for clothes and I have learnt more about my general style.’
An example of Iso’s savings:
- Chloe boots – Bought for: £91, RRP: £1,421
- Ganni bag – Bought for: £55, RRP: £155
- Louis Vuitton Noé bag – Bought for: £321, RRP: £1,250
- Burberry trench coat – Bought for: £150, RRP: £1,390
Total saved: £3,599
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