An Eye Opener About Fast Fashion

Hello lovelies,

Like many of you, I love to shop. I love a good bargain for a hot style. Many of my clothes have been bought from Forever 21, H&M, and Charlotte Russe – retailers who specialize in “fast fashion.” 

Fast Fashion Retailers – Many are My Favorite!

Trendy, of the moment, affordable style? Sure, sign me up. Stores like these are super attractive for a fashionista like me.

However, today my view of fast fashion has drastically changed, due to a documentary called The True Cost

This film showed me how my pursuit of a $8 top is at the cost of workers in Bangladesh, China, India, and Cambodia. Many of these workers are in dangerous working conditions to keep the costs of manufacturing low. In 2013, a large building collapsed in the Rana Plaza where much of the garment industry is centered. 1,100 workers died as a result of factory managers neglecting the deteriorating conditions of the building. This event is just one of the tragedies at garment factories in these areas.

Is it worth the cost?

Not only are people being affected by the low wages and dangerous working conditions, but our environment is taking a hit by the use of pesticides on the cottons used in the material. Dyes used for leathers in India are full of chemicals, which end up leaking in water supplies.

Most of these women make just $3 USD a day.

I don’t want to preach to others that they shouldn’t buy from our favorite retailers, but maybe we can slow down how much we buy. Maybe we can recycle more of our clothes. Maybe we can give our business to more fair trade retailers and designers. 

My mission now is to profile fair trade brands and also show looks I created from secondhand stores.

I hope you will join me! Let’s share our fair trade and recycled looks!

Love, laughter, and shoes-

xo Melanie.

 

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Mixing Preppy and Punk!

Don’t you LOVE a great find?!! Especially when it’s free?!! One of the advantages about being in the military community is the gem called The Airman’s Attic. You can find everything from electronics, to toys, to clothes (of course!). Everything is donated from other military families, and it blows me away the kinds of awesome things I’ve found there!

Today’s #OODT includes two of my recent finds: an oversized J. Crew shirt and a GUESS purse! Both are in excellent condition, and I’m amazed I got both for free! Since I got a new haircut and color, I wanted to go for a “preppy punk” look. I love the edge my JustFab heels give the whole outfit!

Who knew a J Crew beige button down could look so fierce?

Who knew a J Crew beige button down could look so fierce?

One of my favorite JustFab heels! Leggings, Forever21 Plus.

One of my favorite JustFab heels! Leggings, Forever21 Plus.

A beautiful GUESS bag...free!!! Thank you to whoever donated it!

A beautiful GUESS bag…free!!! Thank you to whoever donated it!

Got my hair “did”! Channeling some Sheena Easton from around 1986-87.

Miss Sheena, during the "Prince" phase, U Got the Look!

Miss Sheena, during the “Prince” phase, U Got the Look!