I’ve been a pretty hardcore thrifter for as long as I’ve been making my own decisions about clothing. It started when I was a tween, because I liked the way thrifted stuff allowed me to stand out in a sea of cookie-cutter Hollister and Aéropostale shirts (although, ok, I admit I had a few of those too). In my adult life, I’ve become even more committed to thrifting as I’ve realized it’s one of the easiest ways to shop ethically.
But if there’s one thing even a hardcore thrifter like me has to venture beyond Goodwill for, it’s lingerie. There are just some things that are less appealing to buy secondhand, if you know what I mean.
This is one reason I’ve recently fallen in love with L.A.-based lingerie brand Daydream Nation. That they ethically manufacture in the U.S. would be enough for me, but the fact that they also use deadstock fabric (which is basically excess fabric that can otherwise end up in landfills) is a double win. This bralette, for example, is made from deadstock lace from the ‘70s — which means that besides being sustainably made, it’s also got a genuine throwback aspect in spite of being brand-new. That’s enough to make both the vintage-lover and conscious shopper in me very, very happy.
Cheesecake bralette in baby’s breath white, $74, available at Selfridges.
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