Turtlenecks. For too long I associated turtlenecks with my elementary school adversary and all of her irritating habits. Lynn (we might still be friends on facebook so I'm can't just put her whole life out on the internet) was my spelling bee rival, my tie for the highest score on the English chapter tests we had to take from 2nd grade and up, and my all around enemy. She also always wore these really gross, unicorn emblazoned turtlenecks literally every day. She wore turtlenecks, she was my foe. Therefore, turtlenecks were also my foe. This winter season, 12 years later, I've fallen in love with the coziest wardrobe essential out there. It's a party of warmth and soft knits all around my neck let me tell you.
Trees. Nice to pose next to, but definitely not nice for me to climb. Breaking a bone was my biggest fear growing up and 12 years later it's still a pretty strong concern -- right up there with being unemployed come graduation and driving on the freeway. I've always preferred classes and books to camping and bugs, but every now and then I think about how large my carbon footprint must be and how I can take steps to fix this. No joke, I was walking to lunch with a friend and I looked down and admired my new over the knee boots (post coming someday in the future) and realized that as cute as this pair was, it wasn't cute that I've had to buy a pair of boots basically every year because they always get worn out. Fast fashion in all it's incarnations means that there's always something new to buy and lust over, but what does it mean when each season's ankle booties has a backstory of low-wage labor and questionable animal treatment?
Topshop. British retailer, Rihanna "collaborator", and the enable of my late night shopping habits. I bought this skirt on sale in September (similarhere), I'm finally wearing it now, and if that doesn't loudly proclaim that I clearly didn't need that skirt then you should read this sentence again. I don't do the whole "buyer's regret" thing because once an item is in my closet, I'll wear it someday. What I do is the "buying things on impulse because I just got paid and I'm feeling prosperous and of course I need a PVC raincoat and matching bubble umbrella thing". I love a good buy as much as the next broke college student, but my constant cycle of buying- selling/donating-buying more is not the best way to combat carelessly mass produced disposable fashion and high levels of consumption and waste #justsayin.
So this all goes to say that thrifting is actually the answer. If you see a cute floral sundress in Goodwill and it's still in good shape, why not go ahead and take a stand against unethical cotton production and low-wage labor? The merino wool Banana Republic turtleneck in this post was ten dollars instead of seventy-five, and that's one less turtleneck that has to go through the manufacturing and shipping process -- since I bought mine already used! I also just snagged a Kate Spade black leather handbag for a twenty dollar bill y'all. Recycling clothes isn't the newest idea on the planet, but it's way more sustainable. Everybody wins when everybody's thinking about the impact of their closet!