It’s fair to say that a lot of us want to fit in with new fashion trends whether we like to admit it or not. For me, I love to try out different fashion pieces that I can incorporate into my own personal style! Even though I’m a working-class student, it’s still important for me personally to try and make sure I try my best to consume fashion ethically and sustainably. So because I’m against fast fashion, I’ve found ways to navigate seasonal fashion trends ethically. And of course, I had to make a blog post about it to share my tips!
Spot the Trend
It’s pretty easy to see what fashion trends are popular at any given time. A quick scroll through Instagram is enough to spot a trend. This Autumn specifically, I found that sweater vests were becoming a trend. It’s a great piece to layer for this kind of weather and they’re really cosy! My favourite sweater vest designs are the ones with patterns on them!
Turtle Neck Top – Old
Sweater Vest – Thrifted
Tennis Skirt – Thrifted via Vinted
Boots – Dr. Martens Sinclair
Can You Style It Different Ways?
One thing about fashion trends is that when they’re not trendy anymore, they’re more likely to get binned and end up in landfill. So it’s important to question how you can style your chosen trendy fashion piece so that you have the opportunity to wear it a countless number of times. After all, you can’t approach fashion trends ethically if you’re not 100% sure that you’ll get a wear out of a fashion piece until it basically falls apart.
Try and think about how you can incorporate it into your own personal style. If you love colours, go for a piece that shows your boldness. If you like patterns, go for a stripy, plaid or houndstooth piece. Prefer neutral tones? Go for a piece that has a solid black, brown or grey colour so it can go with any other piece you wear.
Shop Your Trendy Fashion Piece
When it comes to approaching a trend ethically, it would be ideal to avoid fast fashion altogether. I understand that not everyone can do this. Ethical fashion brands are expensive and are rarely size-inclusive. So to that, I say to really ensure that the trendy fashion piece you buy will last you way more than a few wears.
But if you’re dead set on shopping a fashion trend ethically, try finding it second hand! There are apps like Depop, Vinted and eBay where you can shop or pop into the thrift store to see if they’ll have your chosen piece! I thrifted this sweater vest for £3 at a charity shop. It’s originally from House of Fraser and it’s really thick material as well, so that’s how I knew the quality would allow me to wear it a countless number of times!
What fashion trends have you been eyeing this season?