Super excited about today's post! My best friend and partner in not-crime (#betterplans) has agreed to partner with me on this business/blogging venture. Looking forward to many excellent future posts. Without further ado...
My name is Megan, and you may have caught a mention of me in Katie’s last blog post — something about me liking to keep my room clean. I do have to admit, though — while I’m a little particular about the cleanliness of my room, the kitchen in my house is a whole other story.
Anyway, Katie and I have been friends since we were 11 years old. One of the many things we have in common is our love for ethical products and thrifting. My parents never took us to Value Village for clothing when we were growing up, but ever since I went with Katie and her mom in Junior High, I’ve been hooked.
I believe in thrifting because a) it is a great way to live sustainably by repurposing old clothing, b) you are not supporting the fast fashion industry, which employs workers overseas who are forced to labour in terrible conditions for long hours and not enough money to live on, and c) there is nothing like the thrill of the hunt! I have lost track of the many designer items I have found (read: Fossil and Coach bags, brands found at Aritzia and Anthropologie, lululemon, ect) at thrift stores for a fraction of the cost!
While I always keep an eye out on the shoe racks at secondhand stores, I haven’t had a lot of luck so far in trying to find a pair of deep red shoes for a certain event at the end of April (did I mention I am the maid of honour for Katie’s upcoming wedding?!). So, the other day, I was browsing the Internet, and I came across this pair.
So, I did what any other normal person would do and sent my bestie a screenshot of the offending footwear. At that point, we’d already talked about taking turns writing blog posts, but after I sent her the image, I knew exactly what I wanted my first post to be about.
I know everyone has their preferences and someone might really love this particular type of footwear, but to me, this is a very trendy sort of shoe that would only be in style for a season or two.
For clothing, lately the trends have been culottes, ponchos/blanket scarves and rompers (even romper culottes!), to name a few. I would like to say that I believe trends have their place in fashion, but I think it is important for people to find their unique, individual styles.
For instance, other trends lately have been chambray and leggings. While I do not condone wearing leggings as pants (#leggingsarenotpants), I believe chambray and leggings (worn with a shirt covering your rear end, of course) can be staples in anyone’s wardrobe and something that could even be part of a minimalist wardrobe, paired and worn with many things.
While I admit to being somewhat of a minimalist myself, some of my favourites pieces of clothing are ones I can wear over and over again with different things. I recently read an article that listed many staples for any wardrobe, and I couldn’t agree more. These items of clothing involve a pair of black pumps (or for me, flats), dark wash skinny jeans, a white t-shirt, a leather jacket, and so on.
Some people dress more trendy than others, but I really think there is a way to have your own style without having to ditch your whole wardrobe every time there is a new trend. I think one of the best things of the 2010 decade is that while there may be trends, more and more people are dressing how they want. Do you have a boho-vibe to your clothing? Or maybe you’re a little more preppy, hippy or formal? All seem to go nowadays. I hope this trend (ha! See what I did there?) continues, because the less trends = less clothing thrown away when they go out of style = less amount of stuff ending up in landfills.
However, if you really like trends, you could try to incorporate a few more trendy items into your wardrobe while keeping the core items the same. Or, better yet, for those types of clothing that are re-making its rounds if they were popular years ago, you might be able to find it at a thrift store — which is a win-win in my books!
And, of course, if one day you fall out of love with that ______ (insert name of trendy item of clothing here), donate it! The opportunities are endless — give to a Cerebral Palsy association, a privately-owned thrift store, or go ahead and fill up your donation card at a large secondhand store such as Value Village. The benefits are endless!