Less is more has never been truer the moment I stepped into the multilevel Zara on Guan Qian Street in SuZhou. The mass production of clothes and trends still surprises me despite having worked as a summer sales associate for the brand a few years back. Choose one trend, two, four, twenty and see it explode in multiple variations of color, fit, length, material (often not quite the right fit in my experience). There is an overwhelming amount of clothes and anything but style. Sure, I have been tempted to buy clothing there. It would be so easy, trendy – isn’t that why most people do?
I no longer want the clothes made and designed for profit – where the craft and passion and individuality have been lost, where people have suffered and the planet has suffered so I could wear a cheap garment which hundreds of others also possess. Some options to buy better are shopping less often or thrifting, and supporting indie designers or eco-friendly brands.
Although I have been primarily thrifting for new clothes, I recently added a few new pieces to my wardrobe – from Reformation and Garmentory. Garmentory is an online boutique which supports indie designers and has the best selection of swoon-worthy pieces. The company also provides information about the sustainability of clothing by offering facts such as where it was made, who made it, and how it was produced, for example. My recent purchases from there include an Eliza Faulkner dress and Pola Thompson pants (the latter featured below).
This latest look is perfect for transitioning into fall. I am wearing my dad’s vintage college t-shirt tucked into cropped flared denim pants by Pola Thompson. I love these pants because of the cut and frayed slit at the back, not to mention they are 100% cotton and made ethically in Chile. I chose to wear cut-out metallic booties and vintage deadstock sunnies to complete the look.