More than one in 10 Germans prefers buying used and second-hand clothing than brand new apparel, a new survey has revealed.

According to the study by magazine Der Spiegel, 12 per cent of consumers would rather buy used fashions as second-hand labels such as Prada, Jil Sander and Escada can be bought for around half their new price.

Those questioned said they enjoyed saving money on clothes and also the nostalgic feel of wearing something old. Dozens of second-hand stores have appeared in Germany recent years, with industry observers saying they expect that trend to continue.