A Year of Sustainable Fashion
It's roughly just over a year since I decided to venture in the world that is sustainable fashion and what a year its been! I have learnt so much and had lots of ups and downs but I wanted to share on here how my journey has been so far and some things I have learned along the way just as Char did on Sunday with her post about her allotment, which you can read here.
When I first started looking into sustainable fashion my main focus was around the materials and where they were sourced plus the impact it was having on the environment. The more you discover about fast fashion and the problems it causes, you realise how widespread the problem is; from how and where the garments are made to the impact on the workers and the culture. Once you get your head round that (although I'm not quite sure I have completely yet) it changes the way you shop from those impulse buys to more conscious decisions about whether an item of clothing is worth adding to your wardrobe, whether you can afford it and if it is a sweeping love that you'll get over in a week or so. I'm not going to lie, I still make bad decisions and have been there in the past year where I've bought something I thought I really loved and then went on to barely love it at all. And this is something that has been a huge part of my journey and that I really want to talk about more. On Instagram, it can be easy to quickly assume that the people who discuss sustainable fashion and have a sustainable lifestyle are 'perfect' conscious consumers, but as I am learning day by day no one is perfect and everyone is on a journey. Over the past year or so I have bought some pieces from fast fashion shops and I filled myself with so much guilt that I just wasn't happy with myself and felt like I was cheating, and that's the reason that I actually stopped blogging earlier this year. I felt like I wasn't good enough to discuss sustainable fashion if I wasn't 100% sustainable myself, even though it has only been a year and making changes does take time. So starting back up again, with my sister with all her loving support she gives (I honestly don't know where I'd be without her), I feel like its different and that I now know that as long as I'm honest with myself and all of you then I continue doing this blog and sharing my sustainable fashion discoveries along the way. And yes nobody is perfect but at least I'm trying to make a conscious effort to be more sustainable and every little step counts (in my head I said this as the 'every little counts' Tesco slogan).
Moving forward, I'm looking to move away from a restrictive capsule wardrobe as I feel like it puts more pressure on me than fun and I still want to show you that fashion is fun and expressive and can still be sustainable. To finish off I wanted to share with you 5 of my favourite looks from my past year of sustainable fashion!