I’ve spent the past couple of weeks in my head, thinking about where I am in life and where I want to go. It sounds heavy, but I think the older I get the more I start to care about the important things in life. Recently it’s been about the lifestyle choices I make, what I buy and what I contribute to the world. It made me stumble upon ‘fast fashion’, and how toxic it is for both the environment and myself. I gave myself a day and went through my whole wardrobe, giving it one monster clear-out. I ended up donating nearly six bin bags full of clothing that I no longer wear or love - hell, some things hadn’t even had the chance to be loved yet! Why? Because I lost interest, a trend had come and passed and I didn’t get my wear out of it. This is the trouble with fast fashion, the clue is in the name! It’s fast, it’s a phase and none of us cares when the next trend piece comes around. After donating a big chunk of my wardrobe and having a sort of sick feeling in my stomach the entire time, it led me to think hard about what I wanted to do next. Did I want to just start again and keep spending my cash on overpriced high street crap that doesn’t last five minutes? OR do I want to consciously change my shopping habits…
I did the latter, I’ve boycotted the highstreet until further notice. I’m making myself a four-month pact where I solely buy my fashion from second-hand stores or sustainable brands. It can be hard to change these habits we have, I’ve spent the past ten years of my life buying my clothes from the high street and although I have always shopped second-hand, it’s still a massive change for me to go full throttle. I’m determined to do it and I know I can, for the past two weeks I’ve purchased some of the best pieces that are not only cool but have given me so much joy when buying them. This is what strikes me when buying from the mass-market, you get five minutes of joy and then it’s history. It’s cheap, throw away clothing that you wear for a season and bin right after. We live in a throwaway culture and that’s something I don’t want to be a part of anymore.
Buying vintage and from charity shops is so much fun, it’s a day out and you never know what you’re going to find. I’ve struck gold recently and I haven’t even considered going into the city to fill my shopping needs. I’ve headed to the best locations for charity shops and also some local car boots sales. I’m becoming a serious bargain hunter and I feel so content when opening up my wardrobe and seeing old-school pieces that I will never tire of. I’ve always been a retro soul, so I don’t know why it’s taken so long for me to embrace this side of myself. I love nothing more than finding some killer shirt with a mad seventies print on or a leather jacket worn by an old punk rocker. These are the things you don’t get from modern retailers, there's no soul or passion! I’m so excited about this next journey and I can’t wait until my wardrobe has got even more vintage gems inside. I’m finding it a joy to get dressed in the morning knowing that I’ve donated my unwanted clothing and have nothing but good stuff to choose from. Of course, we can’t just throw away all of our clothes and start again, but trying to make a change and being more conscious of your actions is a great move forward.
If you still want to shop brands, it’s doable. I picked up some blazers from a high street brand but bought them from a charity shop, which means I haven’t contributed to the company and have only donated to the charity. You’ll be surprised how much modern clothing is stored inside these charity shops, most still with their labels in - again, just proof that we are all guilty of it. Shopping pre-loved is the way forward, it’s cheaper, more sustainable and can be done even if you are a label lover. I’ve found kitch pieces by Playboy, location tees from Harley Davidson and even highend pieces from fashion houses like Chrisitan Dior!
Todays look is one I wear often - my classic skinny jeans, black boot and shirt combo, only this time it’s been put together with two new vintage pieces (alongside some old bits I couldn’t donate just yet). It’s going to be a slow, long process and I can’t donate everything, but I am making the effort to change and starting this new chapter of my life is so beyond refreshing that it excites me to no end! Mixing the pieces I already have and even new bits here and there with vintage is the way forward for me. I will no longer buy in exess and will always think before I ever make a purchase from a cheap mass retailer. I will save up for more expensive and classic things, really cherish them because of the time I spent saving, and the effort they have made creating it, knowing that it is a piece I can keep for life and not some throwaway seasonal item. I’m mixing it up and experimenting, making the older items my key ingredient to an outfit and really doing my research (and maybe even some soul searching) before buying anything from the highstreet.
I’ve filmed a new YouTube video telling you all about my recent buys and explaining more about my four-month pact. So, if you love a good haul and want to know more about shopping second-hand, share the love and watch my new upload (scroll down or click)! I hope that more people are going to make a change like me, maybe some of you have tips and tricks that’ll help me along the way OR do I have some for you?! If you’d like to hear me ramble on about this some more I’d be happy to. Leave me a comment on the video or send me a message over on my Instagram, I’m always here for advice!
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