Ask yourself if you really love and need your bargain item. Ask yourself why it is cheap - is someone else paying the price? Ask yourself what's going to happen to it in the future. If you are happy with the answers you have given yourself then wahoooo - you've got yourself a bargain!
Clothes shopping has changed dramatically in the last 30 years or so. Fast Fashion is the term used to describe the clothing industry of the most recent decades. Whereas the price of most of our items - houses, fuel, food - has increased in this time period, our clothing has become cheaper and cheaper. It is actually cheaper to buy clothes now than in the 1980s!
Here in India, the money crisis has passed and the daily allowance from ATMs is back to normal. It was humbling to witness how very patiently the locals coped throughout the crisis, with a calm and unruffled attitude, whilst I struggled to constrain my inherent urban angst.
Sewing your own clothes allows you to take back ownership of your wardrobe. You can start making clothes that suit you, made from fabrics you choose, rather than being shaped by what retailers tell you you want... The first step to improving the ethical quality of the fashion industry is yours to take.
I talk with people who both buy and sell used clothes a lot and often discuss the role of preloved clothing in conscious and ethical consumerism. Quite often people tell me that they feel used clothes are ethical & sustainable by their nature. Here is why I think this is both true and false.
Last week, I was at Somerset House, where the finals of Woolmark's menswear design competition took place as part of Men's Fashion Week. I had a bloodied "lamb" in tow to show people what's wrong with wearing wool. Everything about the production of wool is objectionable, especially the shearing process which often leaves sheep battered and bloodied...
The notion that men should fear the end of sexism is as absurd and repellent as the notion that white people should fear the end of racism, or straight people should fear the end of homophobia. But should David Cameron fear feminism? Well probably yes.
The University of West London (UWL) joined forces with TRAID, a fashion reuse charity, for a unique project to mark Fashion
The beauty of second-hand clothes lies somewhere between owning a timeless classic and being creative with your personal style while on a budget. Plus, there is the added feel good factor of knowing you are saving a garment from the landfill and in doing so, you are supporting a good cause.