5 ways I’ve updated my wardrobe without funding fast fashion

Apr 28, 2017

Once upon a time, in what feels like another life, I was a fashion blogger. Yep. A full on “weekly wishlist”, “OOTD”, “Trend alert!” kinda fashion blogger who prided herself on her ability to spot a Gucci dupe in any high street shop. My life revolved around trends and hanging around fashion week locations (the second best thing to actually being inside the shows themselves, as far as I was concerned) from the ages of about 14 to 17. It was a good time whilst it lasted and I’m still proud of a lot of the opportunities that I created through it, but it’s safe to say that I’ve changed a tad. And that my adoration of fashion has simmered down considerably.

It’s also got a lot less clear cut since discovering just how morally fucked up the fast fashion industry really is. As I discussed in my first post for Fashion Revolution Week, the lack of transparency surrounding the clothes that most of us are buying is pretty terrifying. Due to a distinct lack of supply chain information and an ever growing demand for the 52 seasons of style that the fast fashion industry accommodates, we don’t really have a concept of how much damage our purchases are doing.

Still, I can’t say that the fashion blogger inside of me is entirely dead (and I don’t want her to be either!) As much as I don’t get much joy from writing about it anymore, I still enjoy clothes and love reading about them. Which has meant that I’ve had to find new ways to update my wardrobe and create outfits that make me feel like a boss ass bitch, without funding fast fashion.

I know that I sound like a broken record here, but it’s important: As a consumer, your power is in your money. By not funding fast fashion, you are pushing us towards being a more compassionate society.  So, I thought I would share with you 5 ways that I’ve updated my clothes without buying new ones.

Badges and Patches 
Warning with this one: I am not telling you to head down to H&M and pick up a pack of four patches for £1.50. But there are so many amazing individuals out there who are creating beautiful (and ethical) art that you can pin, iron or sew onto your jacket to sass them up a bit. Some of my personal favourites are by Grl Clb.

Recently I added these beauties from the Mel Stringer X Punk Pins collection which I’ve written about before to my mustard jacket and it’s made me fall even more madly in love with it.

Fabric scissors have become my new best friend, especially since I wanted to jump right on board with the raw hem trend, without paying £65 for a new pair of jeans altogether. I don’t really have much more to say. I just cut them and I think they look pretty rad.

More fabric scissors 
After seeing a top just like this in a shop window, I knew I had to have one. But I also knew that it was highly unlikely to be a piece that I adore for more than a few months, which meant adapting a super old t-shirt that I would probably never wear again without jazzing it up. The results are pretty pleasing. I love wearing it with a bit of lace bra peeking out to give me at least the appearance of a care-free attitude.

Definitely the easiest “DIY” of all: tying a knot. But as summer approaches, I want my tops to transition with ease into the warmer weather. Whether it’s button downs or t-shirts, all of them will be pretending to be crop tops as soon as it stops raining.

And from the easiest DIY to the hardest. I’m totally still working on this one, hence the fact that I don’t have an example picture to show off. My embroidery plans are pretty exciting though (and they may or may not include feminist quotes on the breast pocket of t-shirts). If you have the skill already or want to learn a new one, embroidery will change your clothing game. I also hear it’s pretty ‘big’ right now.

  1. Brita Long

    May 24th, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    There's so little transparency on the manufacturing of clothing, even on quality clothing that's not part of fast fashion. I try to take care of the clothes I have, including my old pieces of fast fashion, so they don't need to be replace too often. I also buy very little new clothing, period.

  2. Sasha

    July 11th, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    Hello! I was wondering if you can share where you buy feminist clothing/things like the mug you have in the picture!


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