There are billions of clothing pieces consumed every year. In the United States alone, 25 billion pounds of clothing are eaten up every year. The fast fashion industry promotes this mass production, which in turn wastes a waste. The industry has transformed 2-4 seasons into 50-100 micro-seasons, giving rise to the demand for different clothing to suit the micro-seasons.
Although there is still a waste problem in reusable shopping and a lot of clothes are still piled up in landfills but the change starts with individuals, and turning to second-hand goods is a simple and effective way to become a conscious consumer. It can not only allow individuals to actively reduce their contribution to the Fast Fashion system, but also regain their strength. It can also enable people to shop according to their own plans, find unique disposable items, and rekindle people and clothing as our second. The relationship between skin and fashion is a way of self-expression.
KNOW YOUR WARDROBE
The first and foremost thing is to have the things in your wardrobe that you think suits you the best. Avoid the pilling of clothes else you have to work really hard searching for your loved clothes. Put aside the burden of such a wardrobe and trade in a thrift store, you can get another chance to wear clothes and get some cash or store credit for your next purchase.
WHAT IS YOUR PRIORITY?
The store may be overwhelmed, so please pay attention to your needs first. Towards a palette, you know that you are comfortable to wear and the clothes you are missing. If you are ready for a good hunt, push everything to one end of the rack and flick it piece by piece until something catches your attention.
UNDERSTAND THE MATERIAL WORLD
It would be more beneficial for you to know the science of clothes. Polyester, acrylic, and nylon are all plastics. These synthetic polymers are made from a mixture of coal and petroleum and treated with various toxins to obtain specific surface effects. Some resins (such as acrylic resins) are not only highly flammable but also have been found to be carcinogenic. Not only that but after each wash, these synthetic fabrics release more than 700,000 types of microplastics into the ocean. This is killing marine life, polluting the ocean, and eventually entering our food chain.
If you are eager or don’t want to fiddle with hundreds of clothes, the pressure is not worth it. Wear a piece of clothing that is easy to get in and out and allow a considerable amount of time so that you can comfortably try on different clothes. Keep in mind that size is not all about frugality when shopping.
DON’T BE FOOLED
Just because it is one-eighth the price of Alexander Wang does not mean you should buy it. Focus on the above core values and your goals. Although thrifty shopping is a way to reduce demand and a better form of consumerism, it is still consumerism, which essentially fosters socially constructive thinking around aesthetics and desire. So think before buying anything.