Dress: Zara via Poshmark | Jacket: Forever 21 | Boots: c/o Wet Seal | Bracelet: Kendra Scott c/o Popsugar November Must Have Box
photography by Kathryn McSherry
I’ve loved Zara for as long as I can remember. Originally it was my babysitter/student/frequent-concertgoer budget that kept me from shopping for $50 sweaters at Zara, but now I avoid it altogether because it is one of the largest, and most prevalent, fast fashion chains in the world. Fast fashion brands are known for their low prices, quick inventory turnaround, and trendiness. Their low prices, which in the past were the most enticing to me, are often so low because of cheap fabric choices and low wages for factory workers. These low prices, as well as the trendiness of fast fashion which is made possible by the brands’ constant inventory turnover, incentivize consumers to buy clothes they’ll only wear a few times. As a former Forever 21 aficionado, I never felt bad buying a $5 tee-shirt and wearing it twice. I also loved that I could go to the mall every Sunday and find something new at Forever 21; I rarely needed something new, but I rarely left the store empty-handed.
Because of all of these issues with fast fashion, in the past year I have turned almost entirely to purchasing clothes second-hand. Buying from Poshmark, ThredUp, thrift stores or any other second-hand marketplace is a great way to put the reuse in reduce, reuse, recycle. It’s also a great way to keep your pre-loved clothes out of a landfill. Needless to say I was delighted to see a brand new (tags still attached!) Zara dress posted on Poshmark for a fraction of the price it sold for in stores. Score.
Tunes || I’ve started yet another Spotify playlist and my favorite track on there (so far) is called “Yellow Lines” by Brendan James. It’s a super catchy, get-you-through-finals type song, aka just the type of song I’ll be needing for the next two weeks.