Do you boycott shopping altogether or do you simply buy less and smarter? As time goes on and generations educate themselves on the true impact of fast fashion, they are becoming more aware of their spending and where their money goes. There is still a lot of people who aren’t on the bandwagon of sustainability. I mean I am not 100% sustainable, because it is impossible to be unless you live under a rock. However, I make conscious decisions about what I put out into the world. I have always been an environmentalist since I was a kid, and I cared about reusing and recycling. I fell off track when I went down the rabbit hole of the fashion industry. I was brainwashed and I thought I needed it all and that if I didn’t follow, I wouldn’t fit in. As I got older, I realized, there’s no need for me to buy everything in stores and that it is never about the quantity but about the quality of the things I owned.
Once the documentary “The True Cost” came out, that’s when more and more people started to understand the impact that the fashion industry has on our planet and on the laborers; the gruesome reality of what we do to ourselves and others.
After I entered the vintage realm, I realized that there’s a big market and that a lot more people are interested in making conscious efforts to buy less and buy smarter. Again, it’s never about the number of items you own but about their quality and how long they will serve you. Since the fast fashion movement happened, quality is not necessarily a priority, and this is why shopping vintage is a good option to look at. Clothing, back then, was made intricately with topnotch fabrics and craftsmanship. Finding vintage pieces that are in mint condition is totally possible if you look in the right places. Therefore, spending a little more on quality pieces that you will use for a long time is a better option. Not only for the planet but for you and for your pocket. Investing in key pieces is a good way to start and if you feel like buying trendy items, then thrift shops are the way to go.
In today’s outfit of the day, I am showing you that vintage investment pieces do exist. They are out there; you just need patience and a good eye. This Parisian made blazer, that I bought from my favorite thrift shop Nova is so beyond amazing. The quality of the wool is impeccable and it’s as if it was never used. I know that this is a classic blazer and it will be excellent to keep in my wardrobe for a long long time. It’s lightweight, comfortable and the fit is just right and what I like about it is that it’s on the longer side and that it covers the butt area. Always a plus when you wear it with skirts or dresses, it’s so chic! Even when belted at the waist. YUM!
Today, however, I wore it with a 70s flare. I wore it my favorite striped knit trousers and a Virgo tee. More of a relaxed look and definitely doing the clashing pattern. I don’t know why, but there’s a Freddy Mercury feel to this outfit and that’s why I liked the combo so much. Freddy did fashion so perfectly. His pieces were simple but the way he carried himself made every outfit smashing. Even his classic high-top Adidas were perfection.
So, ultimately, I guess it’s smart to always have in mind that obvious questions…”Do I really need this?” before buying anything and if you are tempted to buy, then go on ahead and try your local thrift or charity shop, you’ll be surprised how many amazing gems are hidden like this blazer right here.