If you guys have seen my latest thrifting video over on YouTube you’d know that I’ve been trying plenty of new styles and vintage looks lately. Every time I find something beautiful in a recycling centre, secondhand store or on Depop for cheap I just get such an adrenaline kick out of it. Not only is buying second hand way cheaper than buying new but also it’s guilt-free shopping that has a low impact on the environment. I can’t stress enough how fun it is to thrift and it’s such a great feeling whenever you find something that you like.
Now let me tell you the story of my velvet pants.
Back when I was in the South of France over the summer, Greg and I were looking through the attic in his house and we came across a suitcase full of old clothes. Getting to rummage through them was a lot of fun because it really was like looking into another world in terms of fashion.
One thing that I came across (among many others that you’ll find in the video) are these velvet fuchsia trousers and I honestly havent been able to get enough of them because they are just so soft, cosy and they channel some serious Lazy Oaf vibes without them having costed me anything.
For a while now I’ve been moving slowly away from fast fashion and high street stores. I’ll still make the odd purchase occasionally when there is something that I really love and that know I’ll wear it for a long time but most of the time I can’t justify supporting these brands to myself. When I know that the workers who make their clothes are being enslaved and when what the production of the clothes is doing to the environment is so catastrophic, how could I tell myself that it’s ok to give my money to that?
There are so many clothes lying in wardrobes never being touched and even ending up in landfills when they’re in perfectly good condition and the horrifying thing about most of the clothes we buy is that they are full of micro plastics which seep into the water when we wash them and then back into the food chain when these plastics end up in the sea. That means we are all consuming plastic because of our shopping habits.
There’s so many ways around fast fashion and I really believe that you can find so many more unique pieces if you just look for them. Most of the clothes that are left unworn in closets, storage or are thrown out are perfectly wearable but for some selfish reason we keep producing new garments even though there is no real need to.
I honestly believe that any time we choose to wear something second hand instead of new we are doing amazing things for the environment especially when we live in on a planet where reducing consumption is more important than ever. We only have 11 years to save the climate crisis and if we don’t calm down on our consummation there’s not going to be any coming back from the damage.
Before I conclude this post I want to say that the consumer isn’t responsible for the actions of these multinational fast fashion corporations but that doesn’t mean we can keep giving our money to them. As long as we reduce the amount of clothes we buy new and start thrifting more we are already making a difference.
If you made it this far in the article I want to say thank you because I understand that it was a little bit preachy. However this is a subject I’ve been feeling incredibly passionate about lately especially because there are so many benefits to thrifting, especially when you can get some really cool clothes out of it.
Don’t forget to head over to our channel to check out the entire thrift haul.
That’s all from me for now. Thank you guys so much for reading and I’ll see you very soon in our next post!