As a style obsessive, fashion has been a big part of my life for as long as I can remember. I’ve always adored the freedom of expression styling up outfits that feel very ‘me’ can afford an otherwise often introverted gal. Yet, as I don’t think I need to remind y’all of in 2020, fast fashion is not the way forward. The impact the fashion industry is having on the environment is monumental, and we all need to be careful with where we spend our money. However, if there’s one time of the year where I really struggle to put my morals where my mouth is, it’s when a new season rolls around and all the trends come out to play.
Look, if you love fashion, it’s EXCITING. And I don’t think that’s something we should be embarrassed to admit. I follow the catwalk shows. I squeal with excitement when a new trend hits the runway and inevitably our shopping baskets two weeks later. It’s okay to be excited by fashion. But for the sake of the environment, it’s maybe best thinking of ways we can buy into trends that don’t destroy the future of the planet.
But, as luck would have it: it IS possible to dress for the trends, but on an eco-conscious budget. So let’s look at three of this year’s A/W trends that you can 100% bag at a charity shop – and why you should be investing in them:
The funky collar
Let’s start with the main component of the outfit here: ya top. The statement collared shirt is BIG this upcoming season – and in two ways. It’s one of the most seen trends gracing the catwalk and street style snaps, but it’s also absolutely fookin’ mahoosive. We’re talking the larger the collar, the trendier the piece, here. Why this trend? Firstly, if there’s anything charity shops are known for it’s for funky shirts of years gone by. You’re sure to find one of these babies kicking around in a charity shop near you. And if it’s not quite the perfect fit size-wise, there’s no issue – ‘cos you can layer this baby up under different outfits. And secondly, this shirt will last you long-time. When looking for trends to buy into, longevity is the most important thing. You don’t want to purchase something that’ll be out of style come next spring, ‘cos that ain’t environmentally-friendly, people. Shirts are classic, timeless, funky and cool – whatever the weather. And because you can style this one up under a dress, jumper, t-shirt, whatever – the styling possibilities are endless. You’ll be rewearing this for YEARS to come.
The cowboy boot
Let’s take it down to the shoes, shall we? The epitome of cool: the cowboy boot. Whether you call them western-style shoes, cowboy boots, cowgal boots – they’re here to stay. There’s something effortlessly cool about this style of shoe – you’ve just gotta dress the outfit from the shoe upwards. It’s got to be the focal point of your lewk. Why this trend? Charity and vintage shops, for some unbeknown reason, ALWAYS have cowboy boots kickin’ about. Whether they were shipped in from Texas decades ago, who the frick knows, but they’re a constant feature of seemingly every charity shop and vintage store I find myself in in Bristol and beyond. And luckily for us, this is one trend that has always looked effortlessly cool. Throw on a pair of cowboy boots, and you, my dahling, are timeless.
Let’s end on the accessories now. Fringing is LOVE. Fringing is LIFE. Fringing makes the world a better place. Whether it’s on your jacket, your bag, or elsewhere, fringing makes a cool kid statement like nowt much else. It’s ’70s, it’s bohemian, and it’s oh-so-2020-A/W-thank-you-very-much. I picked up this beauty of a fringed jacket from a lil vintage shop in Bristol’s vintage heaven, Park Street. I’m obsessed. We all should be obsessed. And the best news is it doesn’t need to hurt the planet! Always some kinda feature in a charity shop, this find make it stark obvious just how easy it is to get your hands on some fringing in an ethical way. Fringing is here to stay, because I remember when I was ten I had my favourite fringed bag from Claire’s that I thought was oh-so Coachella (before Coachella was a thing we cared about) and that’s proof this trend has stood the test of time, my friends.
I hope this post has helped inspire you to get creative with where you pick up your trend-based items – and has helped you work out the trends of this season that are worth buying into long-term. 🙂