Emma: Getting into Ethical Shopping

As a student, you can count on me to get the appeal of fast fashion. Trendy pieces, cheap prices, and the thrill of immediate satisfaction on a shopping trip or online browse. However, my fast fashion shopping practices have begun to weigh too much on my conscience for my comfort. I've done some research and come up with a few tips on getting into shopping more ethically that won't hurt a small budget. 

1. Thrifting! I used to shy away from charity shops and vintage stores under the impression that all they offered was 90s colour-block jackets and blazers with ridiculously padded shoulders. Yes, they do in fact have those things, but you can also find some great pieces that are unique and sometimes even brand new with tags. Now that Thredup ships to Canada, it has become my go-to for convenient thifting since I can sort by brand, colour, and size, to find some perfect items for better prices. Thrifting is good for the environment and combats cloth waste. 

2. Using a capsule-style wardrobe. I do not have a capsule wardrobe, but I have been trying to implement a more capsule-style approach to my closet. For me, this means planning out exactly what sort of items are missing from my closet to achieve my personal style, and limiting my clothing shopping to those items. This means that my budget for each item is increased since I'm not spending erratically on random finds, meaning that I can afford to purchase better quality, fairly sourced pieces. Planning what kinds of pieces my wardrobe needs makes any purchase far more intentional, and ensures that the items will have a longer life in my closet. In the long run, I shop less and am more satisfied with what I already own. It's less about being perfect than it is about being better. 

-blouse: H&M, thrifted via Thredup
-mom jeans: ASOS
-purse: Olivia + Joy, Winners
-Loafers: Little Burgundy, also available in brown and burgundy

🎶 "Eyes on Fire" by Blue Foundation


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