Second-hand Styling Pt.2

Fashion passes, style remains – Coco Chanel

Some people think that style is just what you wear but as I have mentioned before and as I state in my about page – style is so much more. It’s what you do, where you want to go, what you eat, how you stand, who you spend time with – all you do is ultimately your style

My style is sustainble, or rather my consumer habits are –  partly because I’m broke asf but mainly because I’m passonate about the impact the fashion industry has on the enviroment and the people who work in it. Now more than ever people and especially bloggers need to be more self aware with spending habits and what they promote (myself included).

Processed with VSCO with e2 presetI’d like to spend the money I have on experiences and beautful statement peices that compliment and accommodate that experience –  this makes me appreciate the clothing I have much more. I wore this dress on an evening out with my loved one, exploring Atlanta, starting with watching the sunset on the hotel balcony. I feel you can’t go wrong with an LBD, I dressed it down with my trainers ready for a night of wondering.

I’ve always shopped at charirty shops and as a teen I was ashamed of it but now I love to go to explore them and despite the low price tag I’m still particular on what I do purchase. I’m very proud to promote that I buy secondhand clothes. Not only does it make me more ethical, it makes me more aware of how fast and terrible the industry has become since Instagram – since online shopping and influencers started to promote more brands on a daily basis (which spans across all levels of fashion not just high street) A lot of people as a result buy sooo much online, and sometimes just to simply try the items, then when thier not right, they end up in the second-hand stores (still with the label attached) until someone like myself comes along, where the items will be worn numerous times, styled in various ways then eventually upcycled or swaped/given to a friend.

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Top tips to style more sustainably:

Buy little and wear more

Instead of spending loads of money on loads of items; save up for an epic trip and buy one dress that will be great for the occasion 

Wash at 30

If you are an influencer with paid partnerships, try to be more specific and don’t say yes to every opportunity 

Don’t wash jeans often

Shop at secondhand stores, thift shops and vintage shops

Swap clothes with friends – maybe organise a mini event where you all borrow eachothers clothes and give things away that you no longer wear 

Be mindful – if you see an item that you feel you ‘NEED’ sleep on it, maybe wait a week and see if you still want it – see if it’s worth the money and actual price it took to make.

Keep in mind that we are all different and what looks good on one person may not look good on another. We all have different style 

Think of where you could wear it and if it would work

Lastly appreciate every item you already have and if it seems outdated then try and update it – I have sooo many workshops coming up so you can learn how to sew and upcycle your way to a new wardrobe in a more long lasting sustainable fashion  

so stay tuned for that!

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I hope you liked this post and if you sew, up-cycle or have sustainable style tips please share them with me

– Keep styling, my lovely style feeders-

paigesigniture

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