If you read Part 1, I know it took alot to come back after all of that shade I was throwing at Fast Fashion. If you are reading this strictly out of guilt then I must have done a good job. If you didn’t read Part 1, to summarize: fast fashion is the Donald Trump of retail, we don’t know how out of control it can get until LOL its president of our closet and we realize how bad we fucked up. So to follow up my rant heavy Part 1 of this series, Part 2 will actually give you some suggestions on how to slow down that urge to feverishly purchase any new trending piece of clothing.
Don’t worry, I’m not going to suggest wearing a MuMu made out of hemp, although that sounds comfy as hell. I try not to be a trend chaser but i’m a 23 year old girl, so sometimes all I “need” is a bomber covered in cool emoji patches but It’s also really important to give a fuck about the social and environmental impacts of where you are investing your money. So what can be done in this world when you want to have a fire instagram feed featuring cute outfits but you also care about the world and the people in it?
- Thrift, Thrift, and more Thrift.
I don’t know about you but when vintage levis made a valiant comeback in 2016 the my secondhand soul was ecstatic…my self esteem on the other hand took a small hit, because apparently in 90’s men and women had much smaller measurements than I do. But nevertheless, vintage jeans YASSS! Seriously go get your thrift on, its better for your wallet, the environment and worn in clothing is much more comfortable.
If old graphic tees and mom jeans aren’t your aesthetic, I feel that. You don’t have to give up on your street style dreams. There are so many consignment stores in your city filled with lightly worn goods that would make your brunch selfie game next level. Well made blazers, leather jackets, and more classic pieces are easy finds at many consignment stores. And because its 2017, the online consignment game is strong. If you are wanting higher end or designer goods, check out The Real Real and Lab Consignment. You will not be disappointed.
- Clothing Swaps.
Growing up in a household of 4 girls, my wardrobe was a constant clothing swap, which was my literal heaven. Then I moved away from home and along with the crippling sadness of not being around my favorite people, I was forced to function with the clothing of one wardrobe. But that is the beauty of having lots of friends because any group hang can be made into a clothing swap. Invite some friends over, It can be BYOB and BYOC. You would be surprised how many things you might hate in your closet that some other queen in your friend group has been dying to buy. At the end of the night, any unwanted pieces can be donated!
- Embellish Old Shit
By Embellish, I do not mean bedazzle. Although it’s 2017 and i’m pretty sure anything goes. I am referring to screenprinting and embroidery embellishments. Brunette The Label has almost single handedly made a simple black sweatshirt with white writing the most instagrammable outfit of the past year. I never thought so many people would pay $80 for a sweatshirt stating their hair color but alas that shit is popular. And we can’t forget about the iconic “KALE” sweatshirt from Beyonce’s “7/11” music video, and if you don’t get that reference, stop reading this right now and go watch it. Take that old sweatshirt to a screen printing shop and get literally any word or phrase printed on it, better yet, toss a # in front of it and you are now part of the modern fashion world (#YASQUEEN). Embroidered patches are no longer exclusively reserved for girl scout troops, so go find yourself a cool patch (etsy has tons) or make one yourself. Iron that bad boy onto an old t-shirt, denim jacket or flannel and prepare for the compliments.
I hope you feel a little better after reading this and you now realize that avoiding fast fashion does not limit you to a wardrobe that makes you look like a walking potato. Incorporating any of these suggestions into your shopping habits will help with all of the things I ranted about in Part 1 of this series. And at the very least will free up some extra cash for you. With that, I need to return to my embroidery, because I have finally found a hobby that combines my love for emoji’s with my 85 year old soul and doesn’t involve a Real Housewives franchise.
Written by Stevie J.