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Sustainable secondhand styles for Thanksgiving

I’m certainly not the first to say it, but the holidays are going to look a lot different this year. As healthcare workers perform heroics, we non-essentials have been asked to avoid the urge to visit family this Thanksgiving and instead dine at home. 

Covid-19 might be able to stop me from gathering with those I love, but it will not stop me from looking cute and eating too much. As we fight this health crisis, we can’t forget about the environmental crisis also looming. Here are the stylish but comfy and sustainable looks I’m considering this Thursday:

This dress was a hand-me-down staple all summer. Paired with this charity shop cashmere sweater, it is working for me through the fall, too. Boots, necklace, earrings were all hand-me-downs as well.

secondhand striped dress with red sweater and knee high boots
second hand cashmere sweater with striped dress and knee high boots

The same cashmere sweater also pairs well with these busy cropped pants. The pants have some stretch to them but do they have enough stretch for turkey day??? I recently found this necklace at an antique store for $4. Score!

Secondhand Red cashmere sweater with gold leaf necklace
Secondhand Red cashmere sweater with patterned pants

This sparkly skirt adds some pizazz while offering all the stretch I’ll need. This style of skirt – stretchy fabric and no waistband – is commonplace at secondhand shops. The simple, no-waistband design makes them extra sustainable because they’ll continue to fit when our bodies inevitably change. A great example of a non-maternity maternity piece! 

second hand sparkly black skirt with grey sweater
secondhand black sparkly skirt with grey sweater and green booties