Before I went on my holidays I decided I had no holiday clothes. Nothing whatsoever. Zilch. So I headed straight to Boohoo and put in an order. Nearly £100 spent on clothes solely for the sake of my holiday. Then, a few days before my holiday I decided to actually look through my wardrobe. And guess what I found? So many clothes that I forgot I had, that would be perfect to take on holiday.
Similarly, today I decided I should clear out my wardrobe. I have two wardrobes absolutely full of clothes, and a chest of drawers that I have to squeeze to drawers shut on. Yet despite this, I wear the same 5 items on repeat (ok, 5 items is a slight understatement). Most of the things that I was pulling out to be got rid of have hardly been wore. I have clothes that I bought and kept despite the fact they never fit. I have the clothes I bought, wore once and forgot about. I have clothes that I bought, was supposed to send back, but couldn’t be bothered with the inconvenience.
So this has got me thinking. Why do I waste so much money on clothes that I am never going to wear? Why do I waste so much money on ‘trendy’ clothes when I know I’m not going to be wearing them come next season? Don’t get me wrong. I’m not the biggest shopper. I have a fairly simple style and I don’t buy into too many trends. But I still do waste far too much money on ‘fast fashion’.
So I made a decision. For now on I am going to try taking part in more ethical fashion. Recently I’ve spent a lot of time scrolling through depop, and I’ve already bought a few pieces. One of these was a gorgeous orange topshop skirt that I bought from Allie’s depop for only £7. Another was a stunning blush pink jumper from Josie’s depop for only £9. So not only am I saving myself money, I’m helping to recycle these clothes.
I’m going to be honest. I don’t know a huge pile about ethical/sustainable fashion. But it’s definitely something I want to educate myself on. Looking through my wardrobe definitely left me feeling a little ashamed at myself. So in the future I’m going to try and stick to charity shops and online sites such as depop and ebay for my clothing purchases.
If anybody has any recommendations for books or articles I can read to educate myself, then please let me know in the comments!
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