Looking for a new way to dress and express…yourself?
There are a few quick, simple and ever-so marvellous ways to save money, look after the environment and spice up your style sense, all at the same time (I know, who would have thought!)
Ever actually taken the time to scan through your wardrobe, and take a closer look at where your clothes are really coming from?
Chances are that most of these items were purchased new, by you, who caved in to the fast fashion marketing of today’s bright and irresistible advertisement.
Not trying frame the whole high school population as a whole (something done too often), but our age group tends to pine for chances to fit in.
Clothing is one of the first things we go to judge; it reflects character, interests, and sometimes even status.
But while you worry about having that same pair of Adidas All-Stars as Jessica in year 11, you run the risk of both wasting your money and losing your own sense of individuality.
This sounds enormously shallow, but if you seek to look like everyone else, then there also lies a discreet impression, that you seek to be like everyone else.
Not to worry! Because as you read on, your mind will be opened to the hacks of fashion! (It does sound painful, but I promise it is anything but).
HACK 1: Second Hand Clothing Apps (Depop)
This one is big, it’s grand, it will change your life forever…Just kidding, but it will definitely change your wardrobes life forever.
The app that is taking fashion entrepreneurs and clothing industry by a storm, stands by the name of Depop. This online market platform holds 10 million users, selling their second-hand and handmade products to the public.
Young entrepreneurs use this app to sell and buy other unwanted clothes with many users featuring brands such as: Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Levi’s, and not to mention bangin’ statement pieces and handmade items.
Depop representative Tainá Vilela shared the company’s thoughts on the current fashion movement, saying “fashion is reaching a tipping point where we start realising that mindless consumption is destroying the planet and lives”.
“I think that is taking us back to movements like streetwear, which is really connected to the DIY idea, but also to valuing second hand and the story behind the clothes we wear,” Ms Vilela said.
“This makes people value uniqueness, so in my opinion, in the long term, trends are likely to die and give more space to individuality and personalisation.”
Depop also mentioned it’s targeting age group is between the ages of 14 and 24, giving youth a platform to express, and take ownership, in their lives.
So maybe next time, as you window shop for the fifth time in a week and see that brand new item you’re willing to spend all your money on…search it up. You never know if you might get it for half the price and in perfect condition.
HACK 2: Boutique Vintage Shops
This one’s hipster, it’s 80’s glam and Queen of all Op Shops. While these are a more expensive choice for clothes shopping, the finds here are without competition.
Vintage stores stock designer items, ranging from battered to perfect conditions and cater for all age demographics unlike the app platforms.
If you are looking for the local options, Little Vintage Store in Ballarat houses the nearest finds for your wardrobe makeover, and environmentally safe shopping.
Please note: This will most likely not keep the money in your pocket but is an easier way to access designer clothing cheaper.
HACK 3: Market Places
Like the apps, only in real life.
This one’s different, its fresh and it’s sneaky with its treasures to unsuspecting customers, but don’t be turned away by the many stalls and confusing orientation, this is where your wardrobe meets its peak.
Markets offer many hidden gems, lost in piles of disregarded apparel, with something for everyone, every age, every body type.
Looking for somewhere close?
Try the amazing Mill Markets in Ballarat or Daylesford, or for the real keen market bunnies, looking for a wider range, try travelling down to Melbourne one weekend and visit any of the following:
- Round She Goes Market (October 14th, 2018)
- Camberwell Sunday Market (every Sunday)
- Coburg Trash and Treasure (every Sunday, 8am)
You will not be disappointed, and neither will your sense of style.
This is a personal invitation, from me to you:grab your phone and get that app, get on your bike and visit the market, walk past that store and do not buy that brand new, on sale, fast fashion trend…just keep walking.