Can you be sustainable and 'trendy'?
As I have said a million times before, sustainability at its core is all about buying high quality sustainable clothes, less often so that they last season after season. A question that arises from this is what if you’re really into fashion and trends but also want to shop sustainably, can this even be done?
I believe a good wardrobe, capsule or not, should be made up of your basics that you know and love, your seasonal pieces that you wear until they are unwearable and then there should always be a few fun pieces mixed in that may not be your usual style but allow you branch out and have a bit of fun. I think sometimes people become so focused on creating a capsule wardrobe and making sure that they have everything they need, they forget that fashion is about personal style and if you don’t let that grow and develop with the times and yourself then you will come to hate your clothes.
So yes I do think if you love a trend that is major at the moment and really want to give it a go then you should. Instead of heading straight to the high street, why not try looking on eBay or Depop for pre-owned items that may be perfect for what you want because I completely understand that you may not want to fork out loads of money for an item of clothing that is a bit out of your comfort zone but at the same time you don’t want to feed into the fast fashion industry. Getting the balance can be difficult because ultimately trends are a bi-product of fast fashion, but I think if you by second hand and instead of it lurking in your closet if you don’t end up loving it/it goes out of fashion (do things really go out of fashion or is that just society?) sell it on because you may not love it and think it’s ‘in fashion’ now but another person may be just looking for that exact piece for themselves!
Alongside this post, I wanted to share this outfit. This probably the most girlish dress I have owned since I was probably 5! It is definitely out of my comfort zone but I am so glad I got it because I love it so, so much. It is from the brand Arnhem Clothing who is really taking great steps into becoming more sustainable – you can read all about it on their website here. When I wore this, it was an absolutely stunning day so I went all out summer and matched the dress with my espadrilles and a basket bag. This outfit is already mentally packed away in my suitcase for Rome!