Hi I viewed you for the first time today. I loved your list of shops. I am interested in sustainable shopping and know that one cannot compare prices to High Street prices, but how much should one pay for a garment without being ripped off?
To say that acrylic clothes don't last is just plain bullshit: they are way more durable than natural fiber clothing, and that's exactly why they are bad: they can't be recycled and they pollute. This video is full of disinformation.. The crease thing as well is totally false..
I want to purchase turtle neck in all colors long sleeve and short sleeve. I can not find a single brand that I like. Do you know where to go look for them. I want them fairly basic. They could have a little shape or not.
Rachel Aust, I was actually re-watching this video and I could not find the list of designers, could you by any chance share with me a couple of your favorites? I am looking to upgrade my wardrobe this year.
Many people do not realise that when they buy clothing made from cheap synthetic fibres such as polyester, polyamides, acrylics etc., they are basically walking around in plastic. This can be a fire hazard first of all. Secondly, each time you wash the clothing, small micro fibres get wash down the drain. All water leads to the sea and rivers. Fish and other species eat these microfibres thinking it's food and the food cycle means that people end up eating their plastic clothing in the long run. For me quality clothing means buying natural fibres such as cotton, linen, silk etc.
I agree that buying one quality piece is better than buying something cheap that will fall apart, wherein you would have to replace it. The clothing item(s) should be sturdy and stylish. I bought a pair of hiking pants that is lightweight, quick dry and still looks good for traveling or out to dinner. I don't have a large wardrobe, but the items I do have, might be slightly more expensive but they do last and fit well.
Sorry hny.but that doesn't mean that HM or others have LOW quality JUSt because they are on budget ? Like WTF! I have cloths from HM to Zara,LV,Chloie,M&S...and TRUST ME HM like Zara last so many years..money doesn't mean always quality!!
I'd highly recommend second-hand/thrift/charity shops for pre-owned clothing. You can easier gauge the quality of those items because they have already been worn and washed, and you can see how they are holding up. It's perfect if you're on a budget, too.
When I shop I try to only let myself buy things I know I've been needing. Ill avoid other sections all together as I used to shop about 3+ days a week at different malls.... Like right now I am only letting myself buy high waist shorts & jeans because I've wanted them for a while and only have 1 pair each. Its taking a long time to find my perfect pair though.... I also let myself buy some new gym items since I just re joined a gym. Or her than that I'm trying to get rid of more.
I love this video and topic! I recently switched to this style of shopping and building my wardrobe and the difference is amazing. Quality over quantity is definitely the way to go. Not only because you'll be shopping more responsibly, but the items fit so much better and I love wearing them! I've been ranting about how this way of shopping and building a capsule wardrobe is much better to anyone that is listening haha
My tip: learn how to sew! I inherited my nana's old sewing machine and learned some sewing, this way I can fix any broken items instead of throwing them away, and also re-design clothes that I don't like anymore.
I totally agree with you about quality rather than quantity. I love my clothes that I have had for years and try to look for classics and wear a lot of denim. But I think that fashion and new trends does have a place in the grand scheme of things / economically for business to survive but cannot stand the fast fashion stuff that are poorly made and not great for the people buying into that way of clothes buying too. I think the make up and technology videos would be great. I've switched from cheaper brands to Apple Mac and seriously impressed over quality and am very happy and also tend to treasure my higher priced makeup and perfume rather than the rather throwaway aspect of cheaper drugstore brands.
I have a peculiar problem: people are always giving me clothes! I have a neighbor who gave me a stack of perfectly good t-shirts and shorts; an Afghanistan war veteran gave me some wonderful t-shirts and aloha shirts. this makes some interesting combos! at present, I'm wearing red tartan shorts and a green aloha shirt. it makes for a lasting impression.:)
ANOTHER TIP! I've found that in the case of dresses, the lining is a huge sign of quality. Cheap clothing will usually have only a single layer while quality clothing will have a liner AND slip built in. And I can tell you, quality dresses last forever. I have many cheap dresses that have frayed or torn within a year or so, and several quality vintage items from the 50s-80s that look like they were just finished yesterday.
most of my clothes were pretty cheap and have lasted me years. i could never justify spending few hundred bucks on a top unless it was spitting out gold. plus i get tired of wearing the same thing over and over again so on the rare occasion my clothes do wear out i like that i can replace it with something fresher. i also really enjoy thrifting and have items that last me s while. i have a trench coat that i wear constantly during winter. it was $86 and is in like new condition going on 7years. honestly, ready for a new one but this one is still great so I'll just keep wearing it
Thank you Rachel for being informative, as always. I really enjoyed this video. Will you be able to do a video on how you create different outfits with the pieces that you currently own for different occasions?
You are my life guru, seriously. I'm trying to get rid of stuff that I don't use and live more "simply" and you have been a huge help. Also, with your tips I've also lost some volume in my body and I feel better. You are the best, seriously.
One tip: I highly recommend you to read anything you find about cromothereaphy and how colors influences our mood , energy spike and even thinking . Black is a non color, and wearing colors really improves body imbalances. Hope you will see my comment and hope to see you more vibrant. Kisses!
omg this all sounds good and well, but i checked all of the shops you included and stuff is insanely expensive, i live in romania and have a monthly 600aud income which is almost double the minimal wage here and i would starve to death if i bought these clothes :( im happy when i can afford zara or mango and not second hand shops
Okay totally agree with you on investing in quality items but I have to say some of the brands you listed are a joke. $450 for a top, no matter how beautifully constructed is absolute extortion! Who can justify that?? Thats a months worth of food and I consider myself very well off! If you have any brands that offer quality clothes that the average consumer can afford then please tell us! I don't need a top to be $10 and I'm happy to pay quite a few hundred for a decent winter coat or boots etc, but come on!
I love pact for ethical basics! They're very affordable and their tank tops go for about $10-$15 each. I also love buying thrifted J crew and Madewell as well as White house black market, and levis jeans. I'll also shop Brooks Brothers when they have a 40-50% off sale. They have a location in the airport I work at so I get an additional 30% off on top of that.
Some minimalists don’t even shop by brands only. As long as you are happy with the few clothing items you have is all that matters. It’s okay to shop with what you can afford. Some people even wear the clothing items until it’s absolutely ragged and replace the item when it’s time to. Minimalism is different for everyone.
i'd be very interested in a video of your favorite designers! i have absolutely zero knowledge of the fashion world and have been trying to get away of fast fashion. however, it is very hard for me to find labels / designers i like. since i love your style, i think i might like the designers you like as well.
I don't know if I'm the only one with that problem, but feel like it is pretty hard when you want to live crueltyfree (so no leather, wool, fur etc.) but also to have no "unnatural" fabrics.
I love the look of leather and fur on clothes but I don't want animals to be harmed and I don't want to wear another living beings skin.
But I also want natural and sustainable fabrics and I feel like this can be pretty tricky unfortunately..
there ARE some sustainable unnatural fabrics. they use recycled stuff. :) but unfortunately they're very expensive. as of right now i buy my boring staples at h&m (leggings specifically) and then.. not buy stuff unless i LOVE them. and for leather etc.. idk i'd probably go to a thrift store for that.
This is coming from someone who has always been into fashion but "destroying the fashion industry"? Never mind that, what about the way fast fashion destroys the environment?! I wish you'd at least just mentioned that for other people out there who may care. And then there is the treatment of workers and your own personal health too but the environment is a really big, obvious one!
Although I do very much agree with you in this video I have to address that there are two different people who shop lower priced clothing and there is a a big difference between the two. There are those people like you mentioned who want to have a huge variety of of clothing so that they can have something different every weekend and who follow all the trends and then there are low income people like mothers and children who shop what they can at a fraction of the price. Children grow very fast and need a lot of different clothing like for example snow pants, rain pants, snow boots, rain boots, etc... It is hard to keep up fanatically with fast growing children on a family budget. I feel that the majority of people shopping at stores in my area are these low income families. Where I live there are no second hand shops and even Tradra (the ebay of my country) the prices are similar to stores like H&M. I feel that if quality designers want to reach out to a vaster customer base they need to meet somewhere in the middle by lowering their prices a bit. There is no way a say five person family on one income could purchase shirts for £80 a piece. I know you most likely are not addressing families or low income people in your video but I mention them because they are the ones I believe that are frequently shopping at places like H&M. I myself wear mostly vintage because I like the originality and I like that the clothing is being reused
You wear most of the time black color, what are you wearing in hot summer ? :D it just wonders me, because today we have about 24○C (idk how much is that in degrees or what you have :D) and i was dying from heat in ordinary lightblue shirt.... Do you wear something white or...? :D thank you so much Rachel! You inspired me a lot and this summer we´re gonna be painting rooms in house and i want to do it in minimalism style! ♥
Hi there Rachel, in the video you mentioned that you would leave a list of designers you like in th description box. I cant see anything so was hoping you could let me know in them as im bery intersted in checking them out! Thanks xxx
As a tall women, I think the fashion industry needs a good hard look at itself! I need to partially shop in mens to get Length on ANY item!!!! I would love to be shorter! For me, I f i buy a expensive item, i will barely wear it for fear of wrecking or staining it. It's easier to buy cheap get a good years wear out of it and throw it away stained and worn. I still think you should you should shop for quality though, thats a point i like, cause if its too cheap it won't last!
My problem is that my quantity/cheap cloths from, H&M, Forever 21 etc. last me YEARS. I have stuff from at least 5 years ago that is still ok. I don't understand what people are doing to their cloths that they don't last, I never have that issue. With that...I have a lot of cloths because I consider everything still good.
@Anna de Sterke @mleeho I've never had any of this happen haha so odd! I have a pretty large wardrobe but tend to gravitate twards certain clothing more often than others, usually wearing certain pieces weekly. I tumble dry too, some clothing for years.
I know my boss for example is crazy about pilling and will toss a shirt if it does it, sometimes after just a few weeks of use, which is pretty wasteful. I never really experience this though.
I think when people say "it lasts me one wash" they actually mean, "it lasts me one wash and one tumble dry". I never tumble dry clothes and that's why they last longer for me, despite being bought from cheap shops. Some people tumble dry all of their clothes and so they pill very quickly
Cara Sarro Just wearing it often. One of the things I noticed is the more clothes I own, the less each piece is worn, which means it breaks down less quickly. While you keep each item longer, you wear each individual item less, which seems like a waste to many people. Poor quality in a garment is MUCH more visible in people with smaller wardrobes. My partner has only 2 pairs of jeans and 11 t-shirts. I know his jeans are high quality because they've survived nearly 10+ years of daily abuse and are still wearable. However his T-shirts are of varying qualities, and when wearing all of them on a near weekly rotation, the difference is stark. Some T-shirts are only slightly faded and softened after 7+ years of weekly use, but some developed holes within 6 months of purchase.
Used to buy lots of Gorman; switched to kowtow. They're my favourite label now - I wear their stuff probably 3/5 days a week. Also have a few Jericho road items on the brighter end of the scale and I would love some Alice nightingale.
This video was really informative and something I definitely wanted to see in the minimalism series. Thrift shopping is more in my budget, but I hope to have a job kind of close or within the fashion industry one day, so I'll probs learn more about the ails of fast fashion.
I think the struggle I face when shopping more quality (pricier) clothing is that it's hard to get out of the mindset of spending a lot of money for ONE piece of clothing. Why should I spend $90 in a blouse when I could use the same amount to get 3 shirts and 2 pants from Urban Behaviour. But I realise what minamilism can teach is to be mindful of the things you buy for yourself. Care for the things you get whether it is clothing or anything else.
Mango Mint you put my exact problem into words, I just bought one coat for a price I could have bought 5-10 items... and I'm reeling at the price, not because it's low quality (it's totally worth what I paid for it), but because my mind can't believe I brought home one thing instead of 10 haha, I finally took the tag off and wore it today, totally hyperventilating when I did that haha, but I felt good! and it's a classic piece not trendy at all.
on the other hand, I carefully put it back on the hanger and put it back in my wardrobe when I got home... as opposed to throw it anywhere in my room/floor.😂
Mango Mint I have the same issue when it comes to spending x amount if money on a single clothing item. However, I like to use the idea of making sure that the ppu is right.
Questions I ask:
1. Does the quality reflect the pricing of the item?
2. Based on the quality (personal/other standards), will it withstand how often I am wearing the item.
I love this edgy look! I was so excited that her hair, even as short as it is now, was still able to be put into the fun and trendy dutch pigtail braids! Instead of braiding to the ends, I ended them in close together pigtails at the nape of her neck. After I finished braiding, I tugged on the outsides of the braid gently to loosen them and make them a little messy and fun! Since she doesn’t have enough hair to tie around the elastics, I made sure to use elastics that matched her hair so they blend in as much as possible. You could also cover them with clips or bows! A view from the back of her Dutch pigtail braids! A great braid for short hair is a micro accent braid! My biggest tip for braiding short hair would be to add in small slices of hair rather than big ones. I did a small (micro) braid along a slightly curved deep part for anther cute and edgy look! You could also do another one next to it if you wanted a little more to the look, but I really liked how simple this one was. You can see how the part curves a little better from this view of the back. I ended the braid close to the head with an elastic that matched her hair. For our fourth style, we did a 3/4 french braid! Super simple but also super cute! You could do any type braid! It would also look cute using a Dutch braid or a fishtail braid! I loved the side view of this braid! I will for sure be doing this one next time she goes to gymnastics or swimming, whichever comes first! Our last braid is two four dutch lace braids into two loops in the back. Start off by parting the hair down the middle. On each side of the part, do a dutch lace braid, adding hair in from only the section closest to the part as you braid. Tie the braids together in the back with a small elastic and before you pull the hair all the way through to make a ponytail, leave it in a cute little loop! If the hair is a little bit longer, you could do a tiny bun. Repeat this directly under the braid you just did so you have two rows and two loops.
We will have to be coming up with lots more short hair braids in the future, so be sure to give us a follow over at our newly redesigned blog Abella’s Braids to see more as we do them!
Thanks for reading! See you again this time next month!
love these ideas! My daughter recently cut about 8 inches off her hair and is loving her shorter hair, but I’ve mostly been at a loss of what to do with it! Thanks!
Abella has been begging me for at least a year, probably closer to two years, to cut her hair. I posted a photo on Instagram with a question in the caption. “Abella has been begging me to cut her hair short, do you think I should let her do it?” Almost everyone said “YES!” So thanks to all of the good advice from my followers, we did it…and we haven’t regretted it for a second! I think she looks so cute and it really fits her personality! It’s for sure a lot harder to come up with braids but it’s pushed me to step out of my comfort zone! We wanted to show you that even if you have short hair, there are lots of cute braids you can still do!
This first braid (above) is three ladder braids. Start out with a part deep to one side. On the side with less hair, start out by doing a waterfall braid along the part. Under that one, do another waterfall braid, but incorporate the waterfall pieces from the one above it as you braid. Under that one, do a french braid. Incorporate the waterfall pieces from the second braid as you go. We braided each one to the ends and used elastics that matched her hair to tie them off.