I shot this a view weeks ago at the very end of March, it was not warm. Spring has not quite sprung here in NY. Nothing is really blooming yet though it has is a been bit warmer. On this day it was in the upper thirties-low forties. I had a different outfit in mind but it was just too cold to wear what I had planned. So here I am in head to toe cold weather gear. And I am also in head to toe items I already own. My goal this year is to buy less fast fashion and to do more posts where I highlight clothes I have worn before but in a new look.

Granted much of the clothes in this post are indeed fast fashion. The cropped sweater and star print jeans are from H&M and the over the knee boots are from Zara. I won’t say I will never buy fast fashion again but I am severely limiting my purchases. The upside to todays look is that nothing is brand new.

I would not have a problem with fast fashion at all if the clothes were made sustainably and if all the workers were treated with the same rights given to employees in the west

The newest items are the sweater which I picked up in November and the Splendid bag which I got in December. The jeans I purchased in the summer of 2017 and the boots I bought in the winter of 2016. The sunnies I got last summer and the coat is pre-loved and from my mom. She did not wear it anymore and when I saw it I grabbed it! Actually when she bought the coat it was not new, so technically this is a double pre-loved coat!

In addition to purchasing less fast fashion, I also want to buy more pre-loved items and rent clothes as well. And then save my money for more expensive well made quality pieces. What are your purchasing goals for this year? And how do you feel about fast fashion? I would not have a problem with fast fashion at all if the clothes were made sustainably and if all the workers were treated with the same rights given to employees in the west. I would even be willing to pay more. And I do realize many people and parents especially can not afford designer clothes and these companies are helpful to low income families. Strides have been made in this direction, though the companies still need to go further and to be more transparent. You can read about H&M’s recycling policy here and Zara’s here. What say you?

Photos by Laura Peters. Art direction and image manipulation by moi.


Allie founder and creative director for ALLIE NYC

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  1. April 8, 2019 / 11:18 am

    I’m the same way, I’m keeping all the items I love but really limiting fast fashion purchases. Love the cute look, those jeans are so cute with the star print.


  2. April 8, 2019 / 2:16 pm

    Hey Allie, hope everything is going well! How you doing?

    I know right? This season is strange, I find myself with sweater and lighter fabrics and with my umbrella always reading to protect me from any unexpected rain. The cool thing is that this “in-between-season” is always a good reason to experiment with strange things.

    Loved everything in the look but the bag and the sunglasses are definitely my favorite pieces, I think these accessories were definitely a good investment and you could wear them along the season despite the weather or the trends.

    And talking about companies like Zara or H&M I totally understand you, I’ve been involved with an organization in Barcelona that organize events and conferences related with Sustainable Fashion and I always think about that it is necessary to slow fast fashion a little bit in order to keep the planet alive.

    Have a great week and gonna read the other content I missed!

  3. April 8, 2019 / 3:11 pm

    Hi Allie
    The problem with chinese workers is that they are so many milions that there are people who wants to work for less money that’s why the salaries are too low in China. That’s a big problem. That’s what is happened here in Portugal with engineers, they are so many that the salaries go down down, because there is always someone who wants to work for less money.
    You look lovely in spite of nothing is brand new and nobody notices that!


  4. April 8, 2019 / 5:40 pm

    Those jeans with stars look great on you, especially paired with those OTK boots. The star print gives this look a girly vibe I really like. The double preloved coat is super pretty and so is the sweater. You look gorgeous. Such a fantastic combo!

    I’m trying to eliminate fast fashion from my life as well.


  5. April 8, 2019 / 6:44 pm

    I feel the same way as you do about fast fashion and have been trying to make better and more sustainable choices. At least H&M has the conscious collection in addition to their recycling program. I have made the shift to well made quality pieces as much as possible since I realized that some of the most loved items are older designer pieces. This outfit is total effortless chic and a nice way to highlight a mix of old and new from your wardrobe.

  6. April 8, 2019 / 7:13 pm

    Loving this outfit!! It looks great and the bag and the boots pull everything together! πŸ™‚

  7. April 9, 2019 / 2:23 am

    You look fab in this outfit, Allie, and honestly, if you didn’t say it, I wouldn’t have thought they were from H&M and Zara. Love that Splendid bag as well.
    Honestly, I don’t have a problem with fast fashion, but as someone who knits and sews, I do feel that I shouldn’t have to buy them. I do buy a lot of fast fashion stuff for the kiddos just coz they outgrow things so fast, but thank God I get a lot of hand-me-downs for my daughter at least.:) You shopping goal is inspiring.

  8. April 9, 2019 / 4:51 am

    Same here for me and I have cut down my spending by a heck lot. I rather save and get something really high quality than following trends.

  9. April 9, 2019 / 10:05 am

    What a lovely outfit, ideal for the beginning of spring!
    The boots are my dream πŸ™‚

    Lots of love β™₯ January Girl

  10. April 9, 2019 / 6:00 pm

    I love this cold weather outfit Allie! The star jeans are lovely and they look great with the over the knee boots. And I love that all of these items are pieces you’ve owned for a while. Some of my favorite pieces in my wardrobe are items I’ve had for years.

    x Kara | http://karascloset.net

  11. April 9, 2019 / 8:21 pm

    Love the outfit! Very stylish!

  12. April 10, 2019 / 2:55 am

    I think it’s a good effort that you are making consciously to minimise your spending, on fast-fashion, in general is such a big issue. I used to work with global manufacturing companies on and not all are bad, there are brands out there that are sustainable, but many are not, the ones with workers being underpaid is only the tip of the iceberg for some of those companies. It’s incredibly sad. It’s a smart decision to buy garments that are better quality in lieu of filling one’s wardrobe with abundance and lower quality.

    • April 10, 2019 / 2:57 am

      Love those boots, BTW! πŸ™‚

  13. April 10, 2019 / 8:29 am

    Such type of coat are definitely my go to item for cold weather. Also loving the star detail on the jeans!


  14. April 10, 2019 / 8:34 am

    Such type of coats are definitely my go to item for the cold weather! Loving those star details on the jeans too. Xoxo

    https://SatinOfLux.com | Fashion blog | by Desi Markova

  15. April 10, 2019 / 9:53 am

    I love this look. Those jeans are stunning. I’m trying to be more conscious with what I buy. Not just quality but with ethics in mind too. It’s hard to completely turn your back on fast fashion. For me I fluctuate and go between sizes (ie regular and plus) and I find it hard to find clothing that really fits properly. Not many labels cater to this. ASOS does and it’s one of my favourite places to shop. They also have certain lines which have been produced ethically or environmentally friendly etc.


  16. April 10, 2019 / 3:35 pm

    Oh heyyyy, neon graffiti wall! You and I are shoot twins. πŸ™‚ I love this look, Allie- those boots are dope! Just want you need when spring hasn’t sprung. πŸ™‚

    Le Stylo Rouge

  17. April 10, 2019 / 6:37 pm

    Very chic styling! This coat looks so cozy and your overknees are stunning.

    xx Simone
    Little Glittery Box

  18. April 10, 2019 / 8:32 pm

    this in-between weather is really messing with me too. It’s sunny in LA, but super windy right now so it’s cold too. I’ve had to change my outfit multiple times to. But yours worked out so well and you look super cute!!


  19. April 10, 2019 / 9:13 pm

    Your look is really fabulous and I am glad you are concerned with the topic of fashion industry and the way workers are treated because sometimes it looks like people don’t want to see that.

  20. April 11, 2019 / 1:01 am

    I’m totally with you and would rather spend more for better quality. The last time I bought fast fashion was when I bought H&M organic cotton clothes for my kids.
    I didn’t know Splendid made bags – what a great style!

  21. April 11, 2019 / 4:02 am

    Awesome roundup & you look stunning! xoxo

  22. April 11, 2019 / 6:37 am

    You have such great style babe πŸ™‚ xx

  23. April 11, 2019 / 12:45 pm

    Oh Allie you look absolutely chic and effortlessly stylish. These ensemble are great! I love it! Concerning fast fashion, I don’t mind when its seasonal one or two top ups in my closet. Meaning I won’t wear it for long. Having said that, I defo agree with you on investing in quality and sustainable pieces. I’ve been trying to shop less this year. Shopping more from my closet. πŸ™‚


  24. April 11, 2019 / 7:22 pm

    LOVE this spring look – yes, it has been absolutely freezing here in DC as well! But hopefully warmer weather is right around the corner. Love the print on those jeans!

    -Emily | http://www.TheEmilyEdition.com

  25. April 11, 2019 / 10:05 pm

    Spring hasn’t hit us yet in England either, it’s been so cold! I totally agree about fast fashion, I’m trying to spend more wisely these days other than the odd piece here and there from somewhere like H&M. I love this look, especially the bag! x


  26. April 14, 2019 / 3:31 am

    Your look is so gorgeous!! I love your sunglasses so much!


  27. April 28, 2019 / 4:48 pm

    Mi piacciono molto gli abbinamenti che hai realizzto. Anch’io spesso uso cose comprate nelle precedenti collezioni.

    Amo la borsa.


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