Bringing to you guys today a Coachella inspired spring time look featuring some vegan and sustainable pieces that I thrifted! I wanted to show that it is still 10000% possible to be trendy, cute, fashionable, eco friendly, and humane.
*Wool Free!* Hat: Etsy Click Here – Searched FOREVER for a wool free hat like this!
Top: PacSun Outlet
Pants: Purchased on Poshmark
Shoes: Stella McCartney purchased on Poshmark
To be honest, these are the only two things I have ever purchased from Poshmark… But I have to say they were 2 of my favorite purchases ever. Way more gratifying then going to a regular store and picking something new up. Both of my buying experiences were completely hassle free. Both of the sellers were very willing to negotiate on the price (I scored both significantly less than asking price on the first try) and the items came to me exactly as pictured and how I had hoped.
Something I have been educating myself more on lately is how truly wasteful the fashion industry is. We have serious waste going on at both ends of the supply chain: factories overseas that are doing everything possible to cut costs, including being careless in how they handle their factory waste (which is probably much more than one would think!). This need to cut costs is all driven by “fast fashion” – Fast fashion is the growing part of the fashion industry that is focused on extremely trendy, extremely low cost fashion items that are therefore thought of by the consumer as extremely disposable. This is the “Oh, who cares if I only wear this dress once it was only $15” mentality, which I admit to being guilty of in the past. I know I would never even dare think to throw any old clothing in the garbage (I donate or sell everything)… But the reality is that not everyone does that. And even the clothes that we do donate… How do we know that they aren’t being tossed into landfills if they do not make the cut for the Goodwill or homeless shelters?
I will be sure to do a more in depth blog post on this in the future, once I feel I have educated myself enough in the subject to do so. But for now, I just wanted to share briefly the knowledge that I did come across, and just put the idea out there of being slightly more conscious with our buying decisions. It’s unrealistic to say that we will never purchase anything again from fast fashion retailers like H&M or Forever 21… But maybe we can just be slightly more conscious of our buying habits and really evaluate if we think the item will be a staple in our wardrobe for years to come, as opposed to just for one or two nights out. As I am becoming more educated, I have already seen myself making more conscious buying decisions and rethinking the view I used to have on second hand fashion.
If you don’t already have the Poshmark app and would like to browse around… You can use my code BBPUF when you sign up for a free $5 credit. You will get a code too when you sign up that you can then share with your friends!
Some books that I picked up to educate myself on the subject are the following:
Sustainable Luxe by Jordan Phillips
Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth Cline
Wear No Evil by Greta Eagen
Let me know in the comments below how you guys feel about fast fashion and second hand fashion, I’d love to hear feedback!