Comin’ at ‘cha with another outfit. Everything I’m wearing is second hand except my jeans and sunglasses. I’ve been trying really hard to minimize my consumption of fast-fashion while still satiating my love of clothes. I’ve come up with three rules that have really helped me and I maybe they can help you too:
- Sleep on it. – I suppose this one is a huge cliché but I use to be a huge impulse buyer, especially if something was on sale. The internet has made it WAY too easy to shop frivolously. And a lot of the time those clothing would end up at the back of my closet never having been worn at all. Walking away (or logging off) and giving myself the right amount of time to decide if I need it or even WANT it has been very successful. A lot of time I don’t even think about it again.
- Check Depop. – This app has changed my life. If I’m looking for something specific I generally search Depop first. You can almost always find what you are looking for like I did with this lace crop top. You can buy what you want at a cheaper price and it’s better for the environment because you are re-using/recycling. Win, win.
- Re-visit my own clothes – I often forget exactly what I own. Things to end up at the bottom of drawers, get lost in the hamper or forgotten in a suitcase. Anytime I’m looking for something new I shop my own closet instead. It really helps to remind myself of what I already have (and the amount), I get to be a little creative thinking of new ways to style my old favourites and sometimes I even manage a little declutter in the process.
Before I started following these rules buying clothes was… mundane. It wasn’t special. For 10 pieces I bought maybe 1 made me feel magical. Then I ended up with a very full and unremarkable closet. Now I try to save my money and my closet space for the items that I want to wear every day. To quote Blair Waldorf:
“Fashion is the most powerful art there is. It’s movement, design, and architecture all in one. It shows the world who we are who we want to be.”
And I no longer want to be a fast-fashion lemming.