A question I get constantly is where I shop and while I don't shop in any obscure places, I've made it a goal of mine to only shop second hand and nature-based because of my movement towards a zero waste and sustainable lifestyle.
I'll let you in on where I shop (which isn't a secret at all) and highlight a few of mine, and other peoples favorites, in my closet!
I also don't put my outfits together the way that most people do (straight off of the mannequin, out of a magazine or Instagram) so I'll walk you through my process a bit later.
When it comes to getting dressed, I don't look at my outfit as a whole; I look at it peripherally.
You, and no one else, can see your entire outfit all at once! They mainly see it in peripherals whether they're looking at your top, pants, shoes. Your outfit doesn't need to "match" head to toe, you just have to like how it looks in peripheral.
When I'm deciding what to wear I put my shoes on the floor, my pants on the seat of a chair and the shirt on the top, then I just look at the top and see how the pants and shoes look in my peripheral vision. If I like it it's a yes.
I also don't dress by color, I just pick out whatever it is I'm liking in the moment and grab that and if it works it works and if it doesn't I grab something else.
WHY I SHOP WHERE I SHOP AND DRESS THE WAY I DRESS
Not only is it more fun to shop second hand and sustainably, it's also a lot more fun and makes more room for self-expression when you go out and find things that stick out to you versus going to a trendy pop-culture chain store and picking something up just because you saw it on Kendall and Kylie.
As we get deeper and deeper into the 21st Century it's also important to realize how much we diminish resources for non necessities such as clothing and accessories, make up and other products. There may come a time where we aren't able to enjoy these things or only those with immense amounts of money will be able to so anything that you can do to slow down consumerism and be less wasteful will help our planet see a couple more years and allow us to enjoy life more!
Last but not least, as a college student, shopping second hand has allowed me to dress how I want while also saving money by never paying full price for things!
If you would like to be more of a conscious shopper, here is a list of other companies and products that I use that practice ethical, social, and sustainable consumerism:
LUSH (Hair, makeup, body)
SHEA MOISTURE (Hair and body products)
HANALEI (Beauty products)
SEVENTH GENERATION (Cleaning products, feminine products)
YOUNG LIVING (Essential oils, cleaning products)
TOMS (Body and dental)
DR. MARTEN (Vegan boots)
That pretty much sums up all the stuff I own.
Each day we get on average 23 hours, 53 minutes, and 4 seconds to make it something we're proud of.