I have always had a deep love for animals and the planet. We as human animals often see the fact that we have a higher intellect as a reason to decide the faith of the animals we consume, use, and test on. I see this intellect as a responsibility we have to keep this planet as green and as happy as possible and to harm no animals, human or otherwise, in the process. Thrifting gives me the power to not contribute to the horrible practice that is fast fashion.
The most sustainable fashion is wearing the clothes that you already own. Look into your wardrobe and extend the life of your clothing. Don't be afraid of people who seem to lead perfect zero waste lives (they don't) and are buying a lot of expensive ethical and sustainable fashion. You can make small, but effective, steps forward by re-wearing your own clothing. It starts with a really simple action.
If the ultimate goal is to change the world’s treatment of workers, and the way that fast fashion is helping to ruin this planet, we can’t make it an elite club with a specific aesthetic. Ethical fashion and minimalism don’t have to go hand-in-hand. Ethical fashion should still be for the “every girl.” It should be for women with less money, for women with different sized bodies, for women of different ethnicities and for women who like collecting things.
I find it so much more rewarding to have less clothing now. It has helped me figure out what I really want to be wearing and what my style really is, separate from the trendy clothes at fast fashion stores.
I wanted to share with you all exactly what my wardrobe looks like right now. I've only been adding ethical pieces (predominantly by way of thrifting) since September 2018 after almost a year of no shopping and countless purges of my closet.