My Life in the Fast Fashion Industry

“If it doesn’t matter, get rid of it.”- Anonymous

Seems simple enough, right?! For the first 20 years of my life, I loved going shopping. I believed that clothes were an important part of my creativity and self-expression! My entire life, my parents would purchase clothes from Forever21, H&M, Zara, Gap, JCrew, and other Fast-fashion stores that allow them to purchase a bunch of clothes at a cheap price. I didn't see any issues with shopping this way because I had grown up thinking that cheaper was better.

It wasn’t until I studied abroad that I started learning how to live with less. I had to fit everything that I needed, including clothes, shoes, books, computer, and other important items into one big and small suitcase on a plane to Scotland U.K. Before leaving, I wasn’t sure if this was going to be possible. However, this experience opened my eyes to how many clothes I actually need in my life. When I came back to the states, I did a big deep cleaning of my closet and got rid of a bunch of clothes. That summer, I also bought a bunch of new clothes to replace those old clothes. I ended up right back where I started. Ugh.

With the help of the documentary The True Cost, I realized that Fast Fashion stores were manipulating me into thinking that to stay on trend, I had to go shopping every weekend. In actuality, I was filling my closet with crappy plastic materials that wouldn’t last more than a year before falling apart. In order to stop this cycle, I decided to stop shopping for an entire year. Unfortunately, during that time I purchased 5 brand new items, a suit jacket, pants, two shirts all for interviews, and a dress. In the end, this experience taught me how to restrain myself from indulging in many unnecessary purchases.

Since starting the zero waste lifestyle, I have decided to not purchase any clothing items that are made out of plastic/polypropylene. This also includes shoes, as they are most commonly made out of some sort of plastic material. Clothes made out of polypropylene aren’t made to last. In a couple of years I will end up having to try and dispose of this items without it ending up in landfill. During this time I have only purchase two items. A pair of Adidas sneakers made out of sustainable and recycled materials. For more information on Adidas and the companies mission, check out my article here! And a denim dress I purchased from a thrift shop that will last me for the rest of my life.

I will have a full blog post all about my Capsule Wardrobes, including all the items in my current fall Capsule Wardrobe. For now, I have started posting items on Poshmark to sell.