If you’ve been reading my blog for a while now, you know that I’ve made a drastic switch from a Forever 21 shopaholic to sustainable fashion dreamer. Yes, it’s taking me a while to learn everything but learning is all about taking time. But why do I still wear some of my old fast fashion clothes? Well, let me explain…
Dress (Thrifted) | Shirt (three years old) | Shoes
Where I Was
Senior year of college, I was still a huge fan of Forever 21. I loved that you could find trendy pieces that fit my broke, college budget. The colors, fabrics, and unique styles are really what made me love fashion. Fast forward to today, I can’t walk into Forever 21 without being sad. I know that sounds crazy for some because they have such great sales and fun styles to wear. Now I think of the people who make the clothes and the pollution the dyes and plastic fibers make. I mean, it’s pretty much the same way people say they can’t eat meat because they’re sad of the ethics and environmental factors. Once you see the hardships, you can’t unsee.
How this Top Makes Me Feel
I was talking to Becca, from dotell_fashionstories about the way clothes make you feel based on the memories you have. I can definitely relate to that when I explored Boston with my dad I wore this outfit. The first time I wore this top was my senior year at Larkfest. The day was filled with a bar crawl and ended up dancing at Pearl Street Pub. This top makes me feel youthful and pretty. Although it was fast fashion, the memories I have created in the top are very sentimental to me.
Why You Should Cherish Old Pieces
If I were to throw out all of my old, fast fashion pieces, it would be causing more environmental harm than helping. Most of the fabrics are a type of plastic and will take around 200 years to decompose. Instead of just letting your old clothes fill the landfill, put them to use or give them to a friend that will cherish them. This is my same mindset when it comes to thrifting fast fashion items. Instead of letting the clothes fill up the landfill, you’re putting them to good use.
Other Posts You May Like:
- Lark Fest: OOTD (This shirt was worn three years ago in this post)
- Mistakes I’ve Made on my Journey to a Sustainable Closet
- 4 Ways to Shop Sustainably this Summer
- 15 Thrifting Challenges for Spring
- My Only Tip on Tackling Thrift Shopping
Have you always shopped sustainably? If not, let me know if you still wear some of your fast fashion finds. Do you have memories associated with your old clothes? Let me know in the comments down below.