February 16, 2018

Our Shopping Habits Are Seriously Flawed

I love fashion; that's why this blog exists and is why I plan on entering the fashion industry in one way or another. It's so important however, as a consumer of the fashion industry, for me to discuss the impacts of our consumption of clothing on the environment, the people who made them, and the people who buy them (us). I thought I would start by introducing a few reasons as to why western consumers should rethink their spending habits.

First things first, we all know but plenty of us refuse to acknowledge the fact that the fashion industry is killing the environment. If you didn't already know, the fashion industry is one of the world's biggest polluters, only second to oil. Pollutants come from textile waste, dyes, pesticides, and even microplastics from washing clothing (watch this YouTube video if you aren't aware of the term "microbeads"). The fashion industry is also a huge user of energy because it requires use of electricity and water for washing machines and the production of clothing. All of this is due to our over consumption of clothing; we repeatedly buy clothes that we wear only once and clothes that we don't even need.

Secondly, the fashion industry contributes to a number of human rights issues. Of course, I should point out that this is a more complicated issue than it appears because these sweatshops do act as an alternative to jobs like prostitution. However, the fact that it gives poor people jobs is not an excuse for letting workers work under–what should be simple fixes–dangerous and inhumane conditions. Counterfeit luxury goods also (directly or indirectly) support human trafficking, child labor, terrorism, and other dangerous illegal activities.

Lastly, our consumption habits are simply negatively impacting our lives. The reality is that these companies are trying to sell products to you, even if it means preying on your insecurities. Whether you like it or not, advertising and social media leave subtle impacts on you. It may even result in the constant chase for material goods which are advertised as being able to improve your life in drastic ways, despite this not being true most of the time! The mindset that material things like mansions, designer bags, and luxury cars represent success isn't healthy. Deep down inside, we know this, but many of us still fall into the trap.

The purpose of this post was not to act like I'm the most moral person in the universe. In fact, I ordered four packages during Black Friday. However, it kind of blows my mind how passive we are to consumerism; it's considered normal in today's society to buy at least one item per shopping trip and to go on many shopping trips per year, even though we should really only be shopping every so often to replace worn items. We need to invest more in our clothes when possible and focus on what we really and truly need.

Of course, this is much easier said than done; I'm so far from being able to achieve total minimalism in my life. For the time being, I'm just taking things one step at a time.

January 30, 2018

DRESS CODE: Polka-Dots

Is it just me, or am I spotting (ha) a lot of polka-dot prints lately?

Not only have I been seeing more and more of polka-dot prints with passing time, but my interest in them is growing also! I currently have a few polka-dotted items on my wishlist...

I think big polka-dots are more likely to increase in popularity than speckled polka-dots and tiny ones even less so (because dotted things have had their fair share of time over these past few years). I've already seen it being sold in fast fashion stores...

Recent collections which use polka dots include Dior's Spring 2018 Haute Couture collection... One of my favorite collections so far this season (I realize that I am one of few that actually likes this collection). Actually, I had been wanting a white sheer item with dark polka dots on it, inspired by Comme des Garçons. I also found a white sheer polka-dotted shirt on Depop which I've been wanting to pull the trigger on, but I've stopped myself several times because it was expensive for a thrifted top...

Click on any of the images to see an expanded version of the image! I might have to do a part two to this because I just found some more photos...

As always, the images used below aren't mine. E-mail (or hit me up on a SNS) me if you would like your image to be taken down!

Comme des Garçons F/W 2012 RTW: Anniek Kortleve shot by Daniel Jackson for Vogue China, August 2012 via Tumblr / Photo by Yannis Vlamos via Vogue / Janice Alida shot by David Sims for Vogue Paris, October 2012 via Models.com.

Maison Margiela F/W 2009 RTW by Marcio Madeira via Vogue

Marc by Marc Jacobs S/S 2015 RTW via Cosmopolitan / Angela Longton shot by Nicolas Kantor via Glamour / via Elle

Comme des Garçons 'Dot' Perfume via High Snobiety

Charlotte Free for Complot F/W 2012 via Oracle Fox / Fei Fei Sun shot by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue US, February 2014 via Asian Models Blog

MSGM F/W 2016 RTW by Alessandro Garofalo via Vogue

Marc Jacobs F/W 2016 RTW: Cheyenne Keuben and Yue Ning shot by Monica Feudi via Vogue

Maison Michel S/S 2013 shot by Karl Lagerfeld via Viva Norada / Shot by Kesler Tran via Tumblr / Stella McCartney F/W 2011 RTW: Natalia Vodianova shot by Mert and Marcus via Tumblr

Edita Vilkeviciute shot by Solve Sundsbo for Numéro #93, May 2008 via Numéro / Shot by Paolo Roversi for Vogue, Italia February 2011, via Vogue Italia

Junya Watanabe S/S 2015 RTW by Yannis Vlamos via Vogue

By Vuokko Eskolin-Nurmesniemi via Style Bubble
Angelika shot by by Marcin Kempski for Twoj Styl via Design Scene / Fei Fei Sun shot by Patrick Demarchelier for Vogue, February 2014 via Tumblr

Christian Dior Spring 2018 Haute Couture: Camille Hurel, Lex Herl, Estelle Chen, and Emm Arruda shot by Kim Weston Arnold via Vogue