I'm pretty sure that almost every single person has opened Instagram or Tik Tok or any social media platform, seen an outfit, and immediately thoughts: I want that. Same, lol been there. But then, all of a sudden, everyone has it. If you don't, you're left behind, unstylish, and out of date.
Overconsumption is everywhere, not just in fashion. Still, I believe that fashion is one of the best case studies we can look at, especially as youth digesting social media daily. I wish I could say I didn't fall victim to this, but I do; everyone does, and that does not make you a terrible person!
As a broke girl of the 21st century, I hear many people like to mention affordability in this debate. It's "unaffordable" to shop sustainably. But here's my suggestion, and something I'm going to hold myself to this year. Wear the clothes you love more often. My goal is not to buy anything new this year unless I REALLY need it. Fashion doesn't need to be about what everyone else is wearing. I have had the same pair of jeans I wear multiple times a week for years. Buy things that fit you, make you feel confident, and that you'll keep for a long time. It is much more valuable to have a few pieces you adore than tons of pieces you barely wear. Not only would you save money, but you'd also be making a step towards a more sustainable consumption of fashion. I already love my clothes; I don't need to spread my love thinner.
So, let's make not following trends the new trend. 😉