Why Sustainable fashion is the future!

Get the lowdown on sustainable vintage fashion and why it’s essential for our planet and your wallet. Learn how to make thoughtful purchases, pay attention to materials, and find vintage clothing online to help you get started.

sustainable vintage fashion guide

There is no doubt about it – sustainable fashion is the future. While fast fashion has been on the rise for the past few decades, more and more people are starting to see its negative effects on our pockets and the environment. As awareness of these issues grows, so does the demand for sustainable fashion options.

Buying vintage is a great way to start if you’re looking to switch to sustainable clothing. Not only is vintage clothing more environmentally friendly than buying new clothes, but it’s also a great way to save money.

In this blog post, we’ll discuss some tips for buying vintage clothing successfully. At the end of this post, we’ll also look at some of the best places to find sustainable vintage clothes online.

What is fast fashion?

Before we discuss vintage clothing, let’s look at what fast fashion is and the term’s meaning. Fast fashion refers to producing cheap, mass-produced clothing that goes from trend to store shelves in a short amount of time. While this can be convenient for those looking for affordable clothes, it’s not great for the environment or our wallets in the long run.

Fast fashion is bad for the environment because these garments are often made with non-biodegradable materials and are produced very quickly. This means that more natural resources (such as water and electricity) are used up faster than if clothes were produced in a slower, more sustainable way. The production process also creates a lot of pollution, eventually making its way into our air and water.

What is vintage clothing?

Something is classed as vintage if it was made more than 20 years ago. So at the time of writing this blog vintage is anything made before 2003 !

Though vintage isn’t limited to older pieces from two decades ago, you can also buy vintage items from the much earlier, my favourite go to time periods being the 1960s and 1970s . Clothes from these eras weren’t generally mass-produced and were quite often handmade or tailored therefore they tend to last longer than modern clothing. This makes vintage clothing a great option for those looking for sustainable fashion solutions.


1960s fashion portrait shoot Dolly pix Sussex

What is slow fashion?

Slow fashion is the opposite of fast fashion. It’s a term used to describe clothing that is produced in an ethical and environmentally friendly way.

The main goal of slow fashion is to reduce waste and create more sustainable clothing options for consumers. Slow fashion can be produced using organic fabrics, minimising water consumption during production, or producing garments with vintage fabrics. Slow fashion companies can create eco-friendly garments by shifting away from mass-production techniques.

How to practice slow fashion or slow vintage fashion

If you want to switch to slow vintage fashion, here are some tips to help you make thoughtful purchases.

Don’t impulse buy – Impulse buying can lead to regret and wasted money. Before making any purchase, take the time to research what type of vintage clothes would best suit your style and your budget. Research fabrics and materials to know which pieces will be more sustainable than others.

Pay attention to the materials – Look for vintage items and preloved items or clothes made with recycled, recyclable, biodegradable, organic or traceable materials.

Think about how it was made – Look for garments produced using natural dyes or made with vintage fabrics.

Shop vintage online – You can find great vintage items online at various stores if you know where to look.

Where to Find Sustainable Vintage Clothing?

The first place to start is at home or at your mum or grandmother’s home. If your family are anything like mine, nothing is thrown away. You can find vintage clothes from the past two decades in their wardrobe.

If you don’t have the luxury of having vintage pieces at home, vintage markets and stores are great places to shop. You can also find vintage items online on websites like eBay or Etsy, where plenty of sustainable options are available.

And of course you can visit my online store Tra$h – Totallyretroandsuperhot.com to peruse the vintage goodies on offer. We sell beautiful quality vintage items mostly from the 1960s through to 2000s.  I have lovingly currated a stunning stock room of only the best of the best vintage and specialise in bright colourful maximalist apparel that aims to encorage dopamine dressing and put a smile on ones face!  Please click the following link if you would like to have a mooch around our store.


Wishing you all the  best on your adventure into sustainable fashion!


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