I’ve always kept my clothes for a really long time. That’s because I usually buy classic, quality pieces that never go out of style. I started revamping and editing my closet last year to once again achieve a minimalist wardrobe. A fair portion of my clothes survived the closet clean out. Ironically it’s the classic pieces that have been in my closet for years. I’ve been maintaining a (generous) minimalist wardrobe with carefully selected pieces ever since. But this Summer I fell off the wagon and added way too many pieces from fast fashion stores to my closet. I had to throw out (not even give away) a lot of those pieces. With the exception of a select few. I’ve seen the light again. That’s why I’m trying to quit fast fashion.
Fashion Nova Jeans & Top | Sam Edelman Shoes
Cole Haan Bag | F21 Jewelry
Now don’t get me wrong. I’ve found some amazing pieces in Fast Fashion stores. I have a few blazers that have been in my closet for years. That’s because I chose quality pieces that were made to last. But this Summer I chose a few trendy pieces, and some pieces simply because they were cheap. For example, I was in need of some new midi bodycon dresses. So I ordered multiples from Forever 21. All of those dresses are in the trash. They either had excessive pilling, shrunk in the wash or stretched out beyond wear. I should have learned my lesson as I buy those dresses every year and have to trash them at the end of the season.
Midi bodycon dresses are staples in my wardrobe as I not only wear them alone, but layer them under blazers, dusters and vests for different looks. So I need to buy these dresses in quality materials that will allow me to wash and wear them constantly.
Jeans are another wardrobe staple for me. I wear them quite frequently and need them to be able to withstand multiple wears & washes. I’ve recently become obsessed with the Fashion Nova jeans worn in this post, and bought them in all 3 shades. I absolutely love them because they fit my figure perfectly. I purchased these jeans as I was lacking jeans in my wardrobe. However, these are not quality jeans. The jeans are made with very thin, cheap material. At the rate I wear my jeans, these won’t last a year. So I actually had to buy a few new pairs of jeans. I stuck with brands that not only fit great, but are also constructed with durable materials so that the jeans will last. I’ll be talking about those brands in another post.
I can go on and on with examples but I think you get my point. I’ve simply had enough and I’m going to try hard to quit fast fashion. Aside from basics like cotton tees, camis & tanks and accessories. By accessories I mean fashion jewelry. I’m done buying fast fashion bags and shoes. Cheap shoes hurt my feet, and cheap bags fall apart. I’ll be getting my wardrobe staples from elsewhere and sticking to high quality pieces. And high quality doesn’t have to be expensive. Nordstrom Rack, Saks Off 5th, TJ Maxx and Marshall’s are my go to places for finding high quality pieces at a discounted price. I may even try thrifting too. I’ve also fallen in love with The GAP again. Especially when they’re having a 40% off sale like now (Shop). I grew up wearing GAP so they’ll always have a special place in my heart.
I don’t have coins to be constantly replacing cheap clothes and accessories. Nor to be adding stuff to my closet just because it’s poppin’ at the moment, but I won’t want to look at it next season. I have better things to do with my money. And quite frankly, I ain’t got time for that!