While you’re sipping on your morning coffee, here are some things styled straight from the wardrobe, some of which were second hand pieces found at while at Vinnies.
Natasha C. is wearing..
Black lace dress from Cue Clothing, found at Vinnies / Long black pleated skirt, unknown brand, found at Vinnies / Longline black coat from Monki / Flat top black hat from Miss Shop @ Myer / White blouse from H&M, found at Vinnies / Sheer black blouse from Witchery / Black boots from Natasha’s wardrobe.
You have a pair of jeans, a basic tee, your go to pair of ‘comfy’ shoes, basic dresses, stockings, a collection of slouchy knit pieces grandma has made for you over the years – what more do you need for your perfect autumn wardrobe?
On a student budget, it is essential to make more out of what you have, with less. Now, keeping on trend is key, right? I mean, you want to be in this seasons current trend? Make your own trend. Chances are you probably already have these basic essentials, but they’re in hiding amongst the pieces you purchased for Summer that you probably will never wear again. Use them for Autumn.
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that white shirt dress…
Chances are, you wore this cute little basic, yet simple twist on the iconic white shirt with either sneakers or sandals during the Summer, I mean, pretty much every girl wore it at least once a week, whether it be for a comfortable outfit to wear on the town, or to cover their swimming costumes while on their way to the beach. Either way, it’s going to be your Autumn/Winter staple too.
Grab those thigh high boots that you literally wore all last winter because you couldn’t (and every other girl) be bothered wearing pants last year.
And that trench coat that only ever comes out when you need to duck out to the shops because you need a coffee but ran out of your favourite nut milk, but don’t want to change out of your pyjamas (I know your secret, it’s mine too).
Or, if you’re not feeling the trench coat, here’s my little secret… ‘prep is always in’. Rummage through your closet for that basic black knitted crew neck jumper – and how cute are you?
That, is your first two outfits for this Autumn with one simple dress.
Why is it, that we design and produce clothing on a large scale at extreme low quality? Why must we have such a quick turn around time which some fast fashion outlets bring out up to 52-micro seasons/collections per year? Why must we always have to have something new? And why must they always be producing something new? Do we need it? No.
Fashion is an art form, and it is status driven. But, fast fashion is exploiting it’s power to tap into the emotional senses of the consumers, to make them feel like they need a new shirt, that they need it to feel accepted, to make them feel successful for attaining the shirt at such a low cost, that it’s going to make them happy.
The person that produced the shirt, little do they know, that is living in poor conditions as they do not make a proper living wage for making the shirt, that shirt will deteriorate within several wears from being poorly manufactured because of the conditions that it is being made in, that the shirt is going to contribute to the 27kg of textile waste per Australian which is going into landfill every year on average (source: textile beat) and in which already 500,000 tonnes of leather and textiles are discarded each year(source: ABS), then that shirt is then going to take up to 40 years to break down as it has plastic properties because the shirt is more than likely a polyester fibre based material.
And all of this? For your convenience? So all those big fast fashion chains would rather exploit garment workers in third world countries? Did we not learn from the Rana Plaza incident in 2013 where we lost the lives of more than 1,100? And we, continue to fund fast fashion, in all of which is going to then contribute to the mass amount of textiles in landfill, which is going to contribute to global warming and depletion of resources? And we, as consumers are going to continue to fuel the problem because we refuse to own up to what monstrosity we have created, all for our convenience.
Why is it so hard for brands to have transparency, and for us to be aware of how our clothes are made? Or in fact, how are we so ignorant.