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Goldsmiths' Official Student Magazine

Urban Renewal? More like Urban Rip-off!

5 February 2015
Fashion contributor Jennifer Hahn strips away the ‘vintage guise’ of Urban Outfitter’s renewal line and reveals its over-priced flamboyant skeleton, that is actually muttoning up our lamb-like obsession with all things thrifty. I won’t deny it: I am guilty of spending way too much money on Urban Outfitters’ Urban Renewal line. What can I say? It…

Fashion contributor Jennifer Hahn strips away the ‘vintage guise’ of Urban Outfitter’s renewal line and reveals its over-priced flamboyant skeleton, that is actually muttoning up our lamb-like obsession with all things thrifty.

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I won’t deny it: I am guilty of spending way too much money on Urban Outfitters’ Urban Renewal line. What can I say? It takes all the fuss and time-consuming-ness out of buying second hand clothing because the selection is already carefully curated. Instead of having to quite literally wade through piles of discarded clothes to find the needle in the haystack, you have the convenience of a high street store with neatly organised isles and hangers plus the benefits of buying something in a charity shop: a more or less one-of-a-kind item. Because lets face it, twinning is so not cute and walking past someone wearing the same Topshop sweater as you will just have you hanging your head in shame.

But when you’re buying someone’s old flannel shirt for SIXTY pounds I think its time to take a step back and look at what you’re doing. If you had found that same shirt at any charity shop for a fiver you would have probably put it back because come on – you don’t have five pounds spare for someone’s discarded clothes since you spent the last of your loan on the bus ride home from Bussey and a Chick Chicken meal deal. The truth is, that five pound shirt that seemed kind of shabby in a dimly lit, slightly damp-smelling charity shop is worth just as much as that dry cleaned Urban Renewal one. Don’t be fooled by the great lighting in UO’s changing rooms! Yes, that flannel looks great on you but IT’S NOT WORTH IT!

 

 

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