I’ve recently come to the realization that in the last 2 months, for the exception of a pair of Target pumps and an H&M sweater I bought in a pinch, I’ve barely bought any new clothing, shoes, or accessories. If I wasn’t diligently reading fashion and style blogs, I wouldn’t know what’s out there for the fall season because I haven’t been to the mall to shop in a long while. I’ve been mainly thrifting, consigning, and swapping.
Being the youngest of 2 girls and one of the youngest amongst a whack of cousins, I know a thing or two about hand-me-downs; nary a piece of clothing wasn’t once worn by my sister or one of my older female cousins. Luckily, my relatives have a wicked sense of style so I never complained about it. Accepting preloved goods became a part of my adult life as well: when I moved out on my own, almost every piece of furniture was donated to me by a friend or family member. For me, it wasn’t only a money-saver, but paved the way for a new-found way of sustainable living.
This adorable ribbon-embellished jacket and black pumps are from Mine and Yours, a Vancouver-based and online luxury consignment shop that supports this notion that I’ve embodied my whole life by buying, trading, and selling in preloved goods. I’ve quickly learned that there is a huge and supportive sustainable fashion community here in Vancouver, which is super cool and even more encouraging for me to continue this lifestyle. I especially love it when I see others living it by donating, thrifting, or consigning. Fashion shouldn’t ever have to unnecessarily break the bank or become something you feel like you can never keep up with, and I’m glad I’ve discovered a way that doesn’t make me feel like that anymore.