It took me a long time to get to this point. To finally be able to come to terms with the fact that no, I don't need another $25 Amazon workout set, and no, I don't need to hop on the "old money" trend (which is a paradox in itself). And, the hardest of all, I have had to come to terms with the fact that telling my friends what's hot and what's not is... NOT HOT. Pushing trends and trend predictions on apps like Tiktok and Instagram seems so fun and harmless, but in actuality, so many teenagers and young adults are now stuck in a constant vortex of rebranding themselves; replacing their Shein halters for Brandy Melville tennis skirts or for Zara turtlenecks... the cycle continues indefinitely. Not only is this problematic in defining one's personal style and curating a high-quality, unique wardrobe, this is also incredibly toxic to the planet (85% of all textiles made yearly end up getting tossed out, you know!).
Nothing irritates me more than seeing girls on Tiktok vouch for saving the planet and hating Jeff Bezos... only to find a video on "cute Amazon finds" linked in their bio. Please. I understand that money is tight in high school and college, but do we really need a minimum of 500 pieces in our closets? And trust me, I've been there. Every spring I get sucked into the Shein swim sale, and I bought workout clothes from Amazon last month (I'm not proud of it but it needs to be said).
Unfortunately, a lot of these clothes are super affordable and the quality is passable. I say unfortunately because that makes it incredibly hard for us to shop anywhere else, especially when the minimum wage in America averages out to be $7.25 per hour and a bikini from Target costs around $40. Just think about that! The average high school student is in class for over 30 hours a week (not including homework or extracurriculars), and then would have to work a job for at least 6 hours to afford a bikini from TARGET. That's absolutely ridiculous to me. Why would a teenager ever pay four times more for a bikini from Target when they can get a cuter and cheaper one from Fashion Nova or Zaful? There needs to be some middle ground, an ethical company that can sell clothing at a reasonable price (and can actually come up with some patterns that don't look like they were made for elder millennials).
So I did some research, and honestly, it was harder than I thought it would be to find ethically made clothing that was actually cute and somewhat affordable (ok most of the sites have items that range from $10-$80 but you do realize that we need to pay the people that make these things, right??). I will definitely be buying from these sites going forward. It's so much cooler to tell people that your outfit was made ethically and sustainably, from a company they probably haven't heard of. And as a 24-year-old adult, it's pretty embarrassing to be buying from fast fashion brands anyway. Nothing is worse than having to tell a stranger your skirt is from... Amazon.
"AT CHNGE WE ARE COMMITTED TO CHALLENGING THE STATUS QUO OF THIS OTHERWISE POLLUTING AND MANIPULATIVE INDUSTRY THROUGH OUR COMMITMENT TO CARBON NEUTRALITY, RESPONSIBLE FABRICS, FAIR WAGE PRACTICES, AND MINIMIZING WASTE."
"SUSTAINABILITY THROUGH INNOVATION, ACTION, AND POSITIVE CHANGE.
BE DEFINED BY WHAT YOU CREATE, NOT WHAT YOU DESTROY."
"We understand the impacts the garment industry has on the environment and make every effort to reduce waste at each step of our production process. Our designs center salvaging vintage garments that would otherwise end up in a landfill, and all of our textile scraps are recycled and repurposed to eliminate textile waste. While many brands throw scraps into the garbage, we pay to have ours removed and recycled by Fabcycle."
Recommendations for the week:
A random song I came across while stalking PinkPantheress's Tiktok profile. She sampled this song in her unreleased song. Not only am I obsessed with her version, but I am also completely in love with the original sample as well. There's just something about K-Rap from the mid-2000s that sounds like heaven to me!
Ok after years of trial and error, I think I finally found my favorite tanning oil. I've tried Hawaiian Tropic, Island Company, The Fox Tan, Maui Babe, Bali Body... but this is the best. It's super affordable, I love the packaging, I love the texture, and it smells better than anything. I would seriously wear this as perfume (and sometimes I do). Does it make me tan that much faster? Honestly no, Maui Babe wins there, but it seriously smells like teriyaki sauce.