Second-hand clothing is changing today’s fashion

Riley Bridenback

Layout and Design Editor

Sorting through endless rows of clothes from the last three decades is shaping fashion and the way people wear their clothes. With the trend of ‘thrifting’ comes an ethical and economic impact to the clothing industry and the world as a whole.

Fast fashion is “an approach to the design, creation, and marketing of clothing fashions that emphasizes making fashion trends quickly and cheaply available to consumers,” according to Merriam-Webster dictionary. Companies like Forever 21 and H&M participate in fast fashion and contribute to the mistreatment of over worked and under paid factory workers, environmental damage, and the destruction of personal style. While fast fashion is open to people of lower incomes and many body types, the way companies accomplish this causes more harm than good.

Kaia King-hall, a junior that used to attend Douglas Anderson (DA), shops at thrift stores once a month.

“Thrifting pushes me to get a little bit more creative with the way I dress and it’s not that expensive,” said King-hall.

“There are a lot of variations to find throughout the (thrift) stores,” said DA sophomore Charity Fisher.

Unlike fast fashion second hand clothing stores allow people to shop for unique items that can’t be found in mainstream stores.

“You can find things at thrift stores from 20 years ago you can’t get anywhere else now,” said King-hall.

King- Hall also enjoys shopping at stores like Urban Outfitters, which is known to be a fast fashion brand.

“I don’t like that I do so, but I’m not really conscious of it when I’m shopping,” said King-hall. She does however see many flaws in fast fashion brands.

“I think fast fashion can cause a lot of insecurity when it comes to the way we dress. There’s always something new and cool that you just need to have according to all these stores,” said King-hall.

Buying clothes second hand helps fight against the long lasting problems of sweat shops, environmental damage, and the uniformity of fashion. Choosing to not take part in fast fashion sends a message to retailers and allows us to take control of our fashion and how it affects the world.

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