STYLE GURU STYLE: Sustainability is Sexy

January 16th, 2017 at 2:00am
STYLE GURU STYLE: Sustainability is Sexy

With this new year, one thing I’ve been trying to do is stop shopping fast fashion. Fast fashion emerged in the twenty-first century with the policy of fresh fashion, rapid production, low cost, and instant delivery. People wanted clothes straight off the runway so people began making that possible—but it didn’t come without disadvantages. Fast fashion typically employs the use of sweatshops, harmful effects on the environment, and low-quality products. Examples of fast fashion would be Forever 21 and H&M.

Ways I avoid shopping fast fashion is by shopping at thrift stores. It is a time consuming process because you definitely have to dig to find gems, but it’s so worth it. Clothes I’ve bought at thrift stores surpass fast fashion lines because the quality of the clothing is so much better, it lasts longer, and it’s usually more of a timeless piece. Plus, you’re getting it for the same price or cheaper than the fast fashion lines, and you can nearly guarantee that no one will be wearing the same thing as you.

This ensemble I put together is made up entirely of clothes I’ve thrifted. The vintage Faded Glory mom jeans and killer leather jacket I scored at Goodwill. The lace bustier, black booties, and scrunchie were from various other thrift stores. The key to pulling off vintage pieces is all how you style them. Mom jeans can look 0-100 real quick depending how you pair them with the rest of your look.

With all the harmful effects businesses have put on the Earth, I think it’s quite important that we hold them accountable and get more businesses to practice sustainability. I want to prove that you can still look fabulous and trendy while shopping secondhand and doing a favor for the planet.