Fast fashion guised in so many ways will make you feel like you need the newest pair of black pants even if you have 15 black pant trousers already. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not against getting new clothes, far from it. I enjoy shopping and switching up my wardrobe. But if I’m going to spend money to get something and in one week, I don’t like the way it looks anymore, I’m just going to end up with a pile of clothes that are poor quality and not wearable.
I know there are many women who can afford to buy the latest clothes and fashion labels, but when it comes to style, it really isn’t about how much you can spend. There are issues like environment, sustainability, and alloting a practical amount of your budget to something as fast evolving as fashion. This is why I decided to pen down three reasons why you should upcycle or even thrift your clothes instead.
You Are Saving The Environment
Many fast fashion brands are made with cheap material and cheap labor. And because of this, you find yourself throwing out the “cute top” you bought just a few months ago because the straps have slacked. You could upcycle the fabric into another piece. This makes the item not end up in a landfill for the next decade waiting to be degraded. Better yet if you can, invest in quality pieces that will last loads of time. Or even better, thrift!
I saw something that said it takes 700 gallons of water to make a single cotton shirt. And that’s the same amount it takes to hydrate a person for 900 years.Since then, I have tried my best to be more conscious about my purchases, whether it be clothing or anything else.
You Are Saving Money
Tailoring your misfitted skirt into a well-fitted skirt or even into a top will help you wait out the urge to buy another one. You’re using up the value of that piece of clothing and prolonging it’s life span. And all the while, you’re saving money! Win-win.
It may seem like fast fashion brands are inexpensive, but a $20 shirt here and there adds up really quickly and before you know it, you have spent so much on items that would not even stand the test of time.
You Can Get Better Quality
Where else will you find an original Levi Strauss 1994 stonewashed jeans if not at a thrift or second hand store? *If you can afford to easily buy the real thing please just waka pass, Lool. Seriously though. they may not be your size or may be too long. But I bet a little diy and a lot of love will transform it into a vintage, quirky, very original piece of clothing.
Other reasons include that very high feel-good feeling when you feel like you are helping the environment flourish and last a longer time.
Do you like to thrift or upcycle your clothing, furniture, home ware etc?