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.