Cotton Shift Dress & Tote: c/o ThredUp
I spoke about ethical/sustainable fashion in one of my recent posts, because I’ve certainly become more conscious-aware of what I buy and wear on my body. This conscious shift occurred quite recently and the more I began reading about ethical/sustainable fashion, the more I was drawn towards the whole concept. So much so that, I’ve decided to make this blog more about promoting ethical-sustainable-naturally supported brands, that resonate with my renewed sense of purpose. This means, I may have to give up on certain opportunities and decline working with brands that I no longer connect with. But, I know for a fact that this will bring in a sense of fulfillment and a lot of learning my way. I’m excited-nervous to see what this new road holds for me and I’m glad to be able to share this with all of you.
For years, I’ve been an ignorant-impulsive shopper and I’ve shopped from every brand (at every sale season) -that I no longer subscribe to. I’m going to be honest with all of you, it’s not like I’m erasing the existence of H&Ms/F21s/Zaras from my life. That’s practically impossible, because there are so many of them at every nook and corner as opposed to an ethical clothing store. But I can surely reduce the number of footfalls and the credit card swipes at these stores. This transition will definitely take time and as I become more acquainted with the working of this concept; the plan is to make the big switch eventually.
Incase you’re confused and unsure of how to go about the ethical-sustainable way (starting from now), then the first step is to become a conscious consumer. Be aware of what you buy, ask yourself; do you really need the item or do you have something that can be reused. Reusing and repurposing unethically manufactured items, will surely not qualify you as an ‘ethical shopper’. What it will definitely do is, cut down on the production cost for newer pieces, making it a more sustainable-ethical choice.
Another interesting way to tread the sustainable path, is by shopping for preloved items from a thrift/consignment store. ThredUp is one such great online consignment store, that is centrally focused on delivering renewed-preloved items to your doorstep. Buying preloved clothes improves it’s sustainability, although continuous use of the garment doesn’t make it a sustainable one. Choosing a preloved item over a new one, is definitely an ethical choice but it does not negate the factors under which the clothes were made in the first place. Thus, if you want to own and wear a garment that is not made under exploitative conditions, then invest in an ethically made clothing item.
ThredUp is aware and very passionate about promoting conscious consumerism, by delivering the best secondhand buying experience online. So, if you’re looking to save some money on high end designer brands, or are passionate about ethical & sustainable fashion, then ThredUp is your best bet! I’ve worked with ThredUp previously (check here) and my experience with them on both the occasions has been nothing short of great! I’ve not tried selling with them yet, so I’m clueless about the payout and other details related to that. But I’m definitely trying their selling option sometime soon and I’ll keep you updated on that too. Selling your new-unused or gently used clothes is another great way of repurposing, instead of just tossing them out!
ThredUp has an overwhelming collection on their website, unless you have an idea of what you want, it’ll take hours for you to browse through them all. You can also customize your specifications based on what you want and filter out the garments designer, brand, size, color and type wise. They package the neatly folded pieces in a very cute looking polka dot box (which is recycled) and leave it promptly at your doorstep. On both occasions I was lucky to find pieces that were new with tags on and some accessories that were ‘like new’. Even though I was aware that I was shopping at a second hand store, when the package arrived the items legit looked new. I honestly suggest each of you to delve a little into thrifting or buying second hand at stores like ThredUp, it will change the way you look at fashion.
In this post I am wearing a cotton shift dress, that’s perfect for a sunny day and carrying the cutest straw tote. This makes for a fun outfit by the beach or even to a park.
Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed reading the post. Have a great day!
Photography: Nikhil Adke
Styling & Editing: Swati Dixit