Until not that long ago, wearing second-hand clothes in Spain used to have very negative connotations. Actually, old people still things that you should wear brand-new clothes, and find hard to understand that you appreciate something that used to belong to someone else. Luckily, young people, mainly in big cities such as Madrid and Barcelona, are changing their minds and start consuming preloved clothes and appreciating the history behind those garments. Since the habits are changing, amazing vintage spots are popping here and there.
Since I started this blog, my awareness about the plastic epidemic has grown. I try to avoid its use as much as possible. One of the easiest way to prevent its consumption is through our grocery shopping habits, not just escaping the plastic bags by the supermarket’s till, also throughout the purchase process. In the big supermarkets most the items are packed, making it very hard to avoid plastic. Actually, it’s being proof, that when implementing plastic-free policies in the supermarkets, such as charging for the plastic bag, the use of plastic at the till reduce, while the thin plastic bags available at the fruit & veggies section increase… Which is so sad!
This week I have a challenge for you! I want you to go through your wardrobe and make sure that you have at least three different combinations for everyone of your garment. It might take a lot of time, but it is a great exercise to edit your wardrobe and become fully aware of all the clothes you already own and save yourself time long term!
In my latest post I analyzed some of the trends seen in the Paris Haute Couture (if you missed it, you can check it here) and one of those trends is accessorizing. Meaning that every look could be improved with the right accessories, and when talking about accessories scarf is the king!! A blank canvas where the artist can express their creativity. A timeless piece that can be worn regardless your age and style and that it’s being worn by all the stylish women throughout history, from actresses and singers to queens.
Imagine owning pieces of Marie Antoinette jewel’s? Or borrowing La Peregrina from Liz Taylor’s collection? And what about having access to María Félix extravagante pieces? Great jewelry are timeless pieces that pass from generation to generation and are reserved for very few lucky women. Thanks to a local Spanish artisan this dream could become true and your dream of owning an historical jewel could be more accessible than you think.
I started this blog over nine months ago with an article about the 30 wears challenge and I was wearing this same dress. After almost a year of trying to dress and live in a more sustainable way, I would like to bring up the optic again. In 2015 Livia Firth, the founder of EcoAge, started a movement in which she challenged people to stop consuming fashion as a disposable good. The way to proceed is first, by wearing the clothes we already owned at least 30 times before getting rid of them and secondly, by asking ourselves if we will use something 30 times before purchasing it!
Lately, my biggest obsession is about clothing composition. The material from which clothes are made is of significant importance when I acquire a new garment and I love the natural “noble” fibres, such as cashmere, linen or silk, well, who doesn’t? I guess the reason for this obsession is that in my experience the clothes made out of this materials are the ones that end up lasting the longest. My mother has passed me down amazing leather accessories or beautiful silk shirts, whereas most of the plastic based clothing ended up being discarded! When purchasing preloved clothes, I am prepared to pay a little extra for high-quality garments, which are usually produced from natural fibres.
Have you heard about circular economy? The circular economy is inspired by nature and the main principle is to reuse all the byproducts (waste products) generated during a manufacturing process. Unfortunately, in our current society is rare and in most cases, production byproducts are considered as waste and discharged. Fortunately for us, more and more people are understanding that natural resources are limited and our current economic system is unsustainable long term.
Growing up in Spain during the 80’s and 90’s second-hand clothes were not even part of the equation. The most someone would have had is a hand me down garment from a family member and believe me, there was nothing cool about it!! Thankfully things have changed and buying second-hand clothes is becoming easier and more acceptable. For those who I still on the fence, I have created a list of why you should be buying pre-loved clothes.