Natalie’s top tips:
There are no rules
Op-shopping is a one stop destination to choose from many decades of clothing; different fabric compositions, different shapes and silhouettes. Style should be fun, give something new a go!
I always say op-shopping starts at home in your wardrobe. Know what’s in your wardrobe and what gaps you need to fill, so you are aware before you head out what’s going to work with your other pieces.
Photo: Penelope Morgan Photography
Ana Fernanda Covarrubias, is a Mexican Eco-Fashion Designer and stylist who came to Australia four years ago, under the Skilled Worker VISA scheme.
Ana explains her passion: “I come from a working-class family. I grew up surrounded by sewing machines and fabrics, as one of my aunties was a seamstress. When I was young, I already knew that fashion was my passion, I couldn't see myself doing anything else.”
After graduating from the Fashion School, Ana worked in different clothing factories. Ana soon discovered the inequality for workers in these factories and her journey as a human rights and sustainable fashion advocate began.
Ana founded The Second Runway blog, where she promotes sustainable fashion and slow fashion styling. Ana also runs Upcycling workshops for refugee women in Geelong, Victoria, as well as her own clothing brand, centred around Upcycled and deadstock materials.