If you end up on the lookout for methods to be extra sustainable, you are not alone. Particularly with regards to weddings. From utilizing native suppliers to stopping meals waste, there are a complete host of how you possibly can scale back the environmental affect of your massive day with out spending a fortune. And so it is not stunning that the variety of brides contemplating second hand marriage ceremony attire can also be on the rise.

In response to Lyst, searches for pre-owned and classic marriage ceremony robes elevated 103% in 2021. Not solely is shopping for (or renting) secondhand good for the planet, it is one other means to assist avoid wasting further ££ in your marriage ceremony. Plus, you may end up with a really distinctive piece that no one else has.

To rejoice Secondhand September we caught up with bride Pip Jolley, who opted for a classic robe for her massive day. Right here, Pip tells us about how she discovered her dream costume, together with the way in which she cleverly upcycled it (with the assistance of clothes alteration and restore specialists, The Seam) to make it feel and look extra personalised.

What was the imaginative and prescient in your marriage ceremony?

The theme for the marriage was Romeo and Juliet (Baz Luhrman’s model) and Studio 54/Miami Vice. It was the right mix of me and my associate’s vibes. We actually needed to include sustainability into our massive day as a result of it is crucial to us. All of the bridesmaids wore classic attire, or secondhand, pattern sale attire. For the groomsmen, we ended up going to a manufacturing unit that sells rolls of leftover material from the style business and located some wonderful material that actually match the temporary.

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As for the friends, they had been all dressed very flamboyantly. The Studio 54/Miami Vice marriage ceremony theme was already one thing of a costume code, so sporting a sustainable outfit was inspired however it wasn’t a strict rule as I did not need to make it inaccessible for folks. The one rule was no black outfits!

Why did you select to buy a secondhand marriage ceremony costume?

I type of had this imaginative and prescient of what I needed and it simply wasn’t a contemporary marriage ceremony costume. I solely put on classic and sustainable vogue anyway, so I knew the marriage costume was going to be one thing classic. And I actually love 70s vogue.

Folks may also spend some huge cash on marriage ceremony attire. And, for me, it is simply one thing I wasn’t going to put on for that lengthy so I knew I did not essentially need to spend some huge cash and, in that sense, classic felt like the way in which to go for that.

Inform us in regards to the unique costume

I might describe it as a cult ’70s bridal costume. It is actually fitted on the high, with an enormous skirt, little prepare, enormous sleeves, and an incredible neckline. It is also lined in lace, it was lovely. It was my dream costume. The costume was a complete cut price too, it value £100.

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I did not actually care in regards to the situation, as a result of I might solely be worn for an hour. There have been a number of stains on it however nothing the dry cleaner could not get out.

What occurred when the costume arrived?

On the costume itemizing, it stated the bust was 36 inches. And I used to be like “Oh my god, that is wonderful” as a result of with quite a lot of classic, particularly from the ’70s, the sizing is tiny. I am a really common measurement 10/12, and all of the attire I used to be discovering earlier than had been too small however this was good. However when it arrived, the bust was 32 inches.

I attempted it on, and it match properly across the neck and waist. The size was additionally good, as I am fairly tall and I designed a set with a sustainable shoe model so I needed to have the ability to see the sneakers in it. It was simply so good. Aside from the truth that the bust was too small.

I simply did not know what to do.

I FaceTimed my mum, and my finest good friend. I confirmed them that it was performed up on the neck and on the waist they usually each stated, individually, “It truly seems actually good with the again open like that.” I’ve a full-back piece tattoo, in order that they type of reassured me it wasn’t the top of the world and advised it was one thing I might most likely have altered.

How did you upcycle your marriage ceremony costume?

The seam approached me and put me in contact with an incredible seamstress referred to as Sarah Hollebon who makes a speciality of bridal and night put on. Initially, we talked about taking material from the prepare to fill the remainder of the again however it will clearly imply dropping the prepare. I took my finest good friend with me and she or he was like “we have truly had this different nice thought, are you able to inform us if it is attainable?” And Sarah simply labored with us on that and made it occur, which was wonderful.

The Seam

Sarah from the seam eliminated the zip and formed the again in order that it seems like an enormous keyhole from the waist as much as the neck. And she or he put a dart in a single aspect in order that it did not gape , as a result of I used to be saying everybody has one bust larger than the opposite so it simply match completely. She simply made it simply appear to be it was meant to be like that.

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What recommendation would you give brides purchasing for a secondhand marriage ceremony costume?

I might say have saved searches on platforms like eBay, Depop, Etsy, Vesitaire, and Vinted. At all times be wanting and attempt to suppose exterior the field. Be open and at all times strive issues on to see the potential {that a} classic piece can have.

Generally charity and classic retailers have nearly ‘joke’ marriage ceremony attire. Lots of the time although, they are often altered to look very present. For instance, these massive poofy like ’80s look could be very ‘in’ should you make it right into a mini.

And clearly now what I’ve discovered is to not essentially get one thing simply because it is the fitting measurement. You possibly can have it altered. I believe it is crucial that you do not alter your self to suit a marriage costume. There’s a lot strain to drop extra pounds in your marriage ceremony day. And it is like, truly, no, you need not do something like that. You simply need to feel and look nice. And having a costume altered to suit your physique will make you’re feeling nice.

As instructed to Natasha Harding. Some elements of this interview have been edited for readability.

Wedding ceremony imagery courtesy of Joanna Bongard (@joannabongardphoto)

Costs for alterations from The Seam begin at £12 and you may guide in simply on-line. Merely add in your postcode and you will be matched to your nearest maker.

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Natasha Harding
Natasha Harding is Trend Editor (Digital & Print) at Cosmopolitan & Ladies’s Well being UK.

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