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Sustainable fashion and me

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Apologies for the short intermission in scheduled posting, but last week I didn’t have a post pre-written and had very little motivation due to a little mental health slump. The only day I had a small semblance of energy was Friday, and I really was not in the mood to post on the same day as leaving the EU. Instead on Friday I chose to watch Miss Americana on Netflix, which of course made me cry as I cry an nearly anything, but I really recommend it. It’s great to see a documentary that shows the story behind the manicured concerts and tours, especially one about such a high profile celebrity.

Anyway, once again I have gotten off topic in the opening paragraph and the entire above section has almost nothing to do with the actual post.. I could easily delete it from the content since unlike youtube, it won’t make everything look a little choppy but I’m going with it. Today I’m going back to the goals post, specifically how I’m trying to be more sustainable in regards to fashion and purchases. Recently I read a really good post over at Jenny’s blog about a year of sustainablefashion, and it got me thinking over how I could achieve my ‘environmental’ goals through clothes.

My view on fast fashion

The first thing to go this year is the high street and online purchases. I found out recently that in the UK it is estimated that over £140 million worth of clothing each year goes to landfill, which is insane. 10 years ago we all assumed that Primark were the only ‘big bad retailer’, the reality of the situation though is that most high street retailers are part of the fast fashion waste problem. I’m aiming to kick my role in this issue though. The fast fashion industry is the biggest reason as to why the industry is the 3rd biggest manufacturing industry, meaning waste is a huge by-product. This is why I am trying to kick the impulse buys this year, they're not really worth the monetary on environmental cost for a one-time wear. As consumers we are partially responsible for the output because although a lot is wasted, it is only produced to please the trend-set mind of the consumer. We need to become more aware of the impact our spending has on the greater world. (Apologies if this sounds a little too preach-y)

Charity Shops

Charity shops are one of my favourite places to shop when I need clothes! Honestly, it is so satisfying to find the perfect clothing there since most of the time that piece you buy isn’t ‘one of a kind’ but feels that way since it isn’t on a rack amongst 50 versions of itself in different sizes. I know that the charity shop isn’t the one for everyone though, especially since sizes are always a little hit and miss. You are never guaranteed to find an outfit, and that’s fine especially since I’m trying to kick all the purchases in this post. If you do find something you love in another size though, I have a nice moment to beat the disappointment.

Thrift flipping

That’s right, it is time to thrift fliiip. Months ago I got into a youtube hole as every self-respecting twenty-something does on a regular basis, that hole did prove useful on this occasion. Before finding these videos, I’d never thought to try this when tackling charity shop finds, but just altering a piece of clothing slightly can really transform the whole silhouette. Sometimes it is hard to imagine clothes as more than they are on the hanger but maybe swapping the buttons or just hemming it a little can make a whole world of difference.  For example, six months ago I found a pair of men’s vintage Levi jeans in a charity shop back home for £4. I know, £4 is insanely cheap for Levis. Looking at them, I knew that despite being a 30 inch leg which is only a little long for my short ass- they would not cut it in the waist department at all. Yet, I purchased them as 3 broken needles and 4 days later I now owned my favourite jeans after darting them at the waist. Also with them being men's jeans I actually have decent pockets for once, unheard of in women's clothing.
Alternatively if you can’t really sew, you can always send the clothing to a tailor or find a friend who would be willing to sew some things for you.
Here I am, yes I am make up free and in need of a hair wash but these are the thrift flip jeans.
The jumper is French connection, bought from a charity shop.


If all else fails though, the charity shops are a bust and you’re still needing one or two items to liven up your wardrobe then depop and ebay are your best friends. I find these sites excellent for when you want a specific item that maybe came out a few years ago. I’ve only bought one or two things on depop before but I’ve never had a bad experience, and with ebay everything I’ve bought has always been what I expected. You can get some fantastic bargains here as you can in the charity shop, and it’s always good to support individual sellers. I always buy my doc martens from either depop or ebay, not only to avoid the brand new costs but to not have to break them in. I am forever grateful for the poor soul who lost the feeling in their feet so that I could purchase their still good condition shoes a year later. Thank you kind seller.

There you have it, here’s just a few ways I am tackling my fast fashion persona this year. She’s gonna be more environmentally aware and conscious of her purchases. What are some of your ways for avoiding fast fashion this year?

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