Sec­ond-hand cloth­ing in the UAE? Yes, it re­ally does ex­ist. Lind­say Judge trawls the coun­try to find the most stylish pre-loved pieces out there

Friday - - Con­tents -

When I lived in Lon­don, some of my best cloth­ing pur­chases were from char­ity shops. The place is in­un­dated with them and you can find the most amaz­ing bargains. So when I moved to Dubai five years ago, it was a bit of a shock to find that the only place I could re­ally go shop­ping for clothes was main­stream malls. But ear­lier this year, I made it my mis­sion to dis­cover where in the UAE you can find sec­ond-hand cloth­ing that you ac­tu­ally want to wear.

And not just for my­self – for the en­vi­ron­ment, too. Ac­cord­ing to Planet Aid, a US-based non-profit that col­lects used cloth­ing for char­ity, ev­ery year 12 mil­lion tonnes of cloth­ing ends up in land­fills across the world. Land­fills lack the oxy­gen needed to break down cloth­ing, so once there, cloth­ing de­com­poses through anaer­o­bic di­ges­tion. This re­sults in the emis­sion of green­house gases that play a role in cli­mate change.

If we can re­duce the waste by re­cy­cling or reusing clothes, we are sub­se­quently do­ing our bit to help the en­vi­ron­ment, and to­day there are lots more op­tions to find sec­ond­hand bargains – and you’ll be pleas­antly surprised to know many of them are very af­ford­able. What is per­haps even more sur­pris­ing is that around half of the items I found have never been worn. I won’t say it was easy to find stylish items – weeks of scrolling through apps and traips­ing around the flea mar­kets to find the good stuff was hard work, but there re­ally are some great pieces out there if you take the time to look. It’s so good, we were able to put to­gether this en­tire fashion shoot.

STYLING BY LIND­SAY JUDGE PHOTOS BY AIZA CASTILLO DOMINGO Jacket Dh150, Zara at Shedd Skirt Dh35, ASOS at Shedd Top Dh10, New Look at Dubai Char­ity Cen­tre Shoes Dh150, Coco at Dubai Flea Mar­ket

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