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This Weekend Get Your Fashion Fix Sans Carbon Footprint

Shopping Vintage

Could the hottest new fashion trend be: no more trend?

Everything in life is cyclical, most of all fashion, a fact I quickly learned working as a buyer in my 20s. I started out at Ralph Lauren, went on to work for Jennifer Lopez and eventually bought ready-to-wear for Intermix. I felt the pressure to keep up appearances and often turned to fast fashion on a shoestring budget in order to do so.

I did acquire some pretty artful designer pieces that I care for preciously, meaning they don’t get shoved inside a piece of luggage and pushed under my bed. But I’ve also built up an incredible amount of waste. And if I’m being completely honest, I actively wear approximately 3 – 5 percent of my wardrobe.

According to the World Resources Institute, the effects of fast fashion on the environment are shocking.

  • Discarded clothing made of non-biodegradable fabrics can sit in landfills for up to 200 years.
  • Making a pair of jeans produces as much greenhouse gases as driving a car more than 80 miles.
  • It takes 2,700 liters of water to make one cotton shirt, enough to meet the average person’s drinking needs for two-and-a-half years.

Studies show almost 60% of all clothing produced, is disposed of within a year of production (ending in landfill or incineration). Feel guilty yet? The statistics are incredibly compelling but so is my fierce shopping addiction. Sometimes I can’t resist the need to trade cash for goods, so I found the perfect solution: vintage.

Given what we know, it’s clear that apart from supporting brands who uphold higher ethical standards, buying second-hand clothing is the biggest personal change that can be made for the environment.

I recently ran into a goldmine shop called, Thrift Wares in SoHo at Artists and Fleas. While I normally feel overwhelmed by product at markets, their knowledgable staff and unique designer collection made buying second-hand feel so new and totally luxurious.

Shopping vintage provided an exciting sense of discovery, as opposed to the desperate seeking I tend to experience at the giant fast fashion retailers. I even saved a few bucks.

In New York this weekend, A Current Affair has gathered over 70 vintage vendors for you to get your fashion fix without making a carbon footprint. Not to mention, you won’t be the fifth girl in the club in the same Zara top. You know the feeling, don’t lie.

Tickets and information for A Current Affair can be found here and check out Thrift Wares in Manhattan and Brooklyn all year round.

A Current Affair #ACAinBK

Industry City

274 36th St Brooklyn, NY

Sat/Sun 12 PM – 6 PM, Preview Shopping Sat 10 AM

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Jessica Hoppe

Jessica Hoppe is a New York-based writer and social media strategist who founded her blog, Nueva Yorka, in 2015. She has been featured in Vogue, Yahoo, HuffPost, PopSugar, Who What Wear, Ravishly and worked as Lifestyle Editor for StyleCaster. Jessica has been passionate about writing, diversity and Latin American culture from an early age. Having grown up in a Spanish speaking home, her father is Ecuadorian and her mother is from Honduras.

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