If you ask someone why they buy second hand clothing, the most typical answer covers these three points: 1) "I want to combat consumerism and protect the environment", 2) "I don't want to spend much money on clothes" and 3) "I want to wear individualistic pieces that support my own style and make me stand out from the crowd". It is this third element that got me thinking. Why are so many second-hand-wearers starting to look the same to me? Everyone of us at UFF yesterday had our own individual style, but we all looked like we were a part of a bigger whole.
Take one look at hel-looks, and despite the myriad range of styles, there are a couple of common threads that connect many people whose pictures are portrayed there. There is "the young & intellectual wears vintage"- look, and "the hippy wears second hand", for example. I don't even know what I am getting at, really. I just think there is something weird about how these individualism-driven second hand people end up looking alike.
Whatever it is, Hel-looks sure doesn't portray the "I am poor and I have to wear clothes that someone else wore first"-people.