A Returning Outfit From Last Summer
For the longest I cringed at the idea of wearing the same items on my Instagram or blog more than once. It was all about showing new, new, new. All the time. A pretty expensive affair. And not only for my wallet, also for the environment. One of my New Year’s Resolutions for 2019 was to wear more pre-loved clothes and buy less new, and in the beginning that was so hard. But as the months went on, I’ve actually found myself looking at sustainable clothing lines, way more second hand stores, and just in general doing less shopping. I guess it’s all about getting used to living a certain way. That goes for many things in life: working out regularly, eating healthy, saving money, tidying your house, and how you choose to shop.
So last week I decided to go for one of my beloved outfits anno “summer 2018,” and post a photo on my Instagram. I talked a bit about this subject in the caption, and I was so happy to see how many of you are trying to be more sustainable in your fashion as well. I don’t think the #slowfashionmovement has ever had more regular posts on Instagram, and it makes me so happy. There’s so much clothes out there waiting to be worn, so rather than buying high street every week (because they make us think we need more, more, more), take a look in your local second hand store. I have found a few gems in my own neighborhood, and love the uniqueness it brings to my closet.
I’ve also really been loving to sell out of my closet, when I don’t wear specific items anymore. You can find my Poshmark-closet right here. That way I know my clothes go to someone else who will love it. I do still shop from new sometimes, when it comes to shoes or jewelry, and once in a while clothes, but what I’ve found is that I don’t feel great doing that. So I’ve found out how I can (sometimes!) shop new items with a good feeling.
If you want to shop new clothes.
If you’re not quite ready to make the transition to shopping second hand, but still want to think about the environment I do have a few tips on things to look after:
If you want to shop high street, then look for recycled fabrics. Zara has their JOIN LIFE collection, H&M has the Conscious Collection, Mango is moving towards using 50% recycled cotton (which I personally think they can do better, but oh well, it’s a start), Reformation is an eco-friendly darling, Weekday’s new SS19 collection offers many pieces made of 100% recycled material, and the list goes on.
Look for smaller designers in your local area. My list of designers in New York City gets longer and longer, and I love supporting their little businesses. They all offer a way more sustainable approach to fashion, and then I also love the idea of supporting small businesses.