With fashion changing so frequently as new seasonal trends emerge and last season’s fashion is soon forgotten, it’s no wonder that many of us learn at a very young age to stretch the dollar and to get “More Bang for your Buck” by buying less inexpensive, cheap fashion, and more of it! In high school when I first started earning a few extra dollars, I shopped the clearance racks exclusively of the cheapest junior fashion stores I could find, often times picking up 4–5 articles of clothing for less than $50.
This is great when you’re trying to stay on top of trends on a budget, but it can be really annoying when you only get ONE wear out of an article of clothing — and this has happened to me more than once! ONE single wear before it literally fell apart on me!
As I started getting more into fashion in my later 20’s and watching some of my favorite style programs on TV, I kept hearing over and over from the experts that your money will actually go further when splurging on that $150 blazer when you will get wear after wear out of it for years to come (which equals out to about $2 per wear) then buying that cheap $20 one you may be lucky to get more than a handful of wears out of before the threads start coming undone, the material rips, or the color fades and is ruined the first time you wash it. Oh and that $20 blazer didn’t really save you money at all when you ended up getting about $7 per wear out of it before it completely fell apart.
Trends fade fast and even when buying from the cheapest stores you can find, you’re only going to get a few wears out of that cute tulle skirt before it’s out of style, even if the threads do happen to hold on a little tighter and better than most clothing you buy at that price.
As a stylist, my advice has become all about buying the classics, spending a little more money on them so you’ll certainly get your money’s worth, and forgetting about the short lived seasonal trends that you know you’ll never wear again once Spring is over. It’s a waste. And not only is it wasting the money in your wallet, it’s wasting our earth and the lives of others.
The cold hard truth is that, that dollar you just stretched to buy quantity over quality, is actually creating some really unfair working conditions and wages for the unfortunate people (mostly women in south-asian countries). Not that long ago I heard of a story on the news of a women buying an item “MADE IN CHINA” from the store, only to get home and find a hand written note in Chinese inside the package, most likely from a worker in the factory, asking for help, because the work conditions there were so poor.
It’s not just workers that are being effected buy the world’s desire to buy clothing cheap. Its wreaking havoc on our earth. Dyes from clothing are polluting water systems, making water completely undrinkable in some areas. We’re consuming more and more from the earth as more and more cheap clothing is quickly being made. Less than 25% of clothing is recycled. I’m guessing that a lot of that has to do with clothing being so poorly made that they can’t be recycled but inevitably end up in the garbage because the cheap fabric and sewing has ripped or torn.
There are things you can do to help the earth and the people who inhabitate it when it comes to shopping for the latest fashion.
One of my favorite’s is Boutique Mexico which is now opening in Tulum. Designer and boutique owner, Jennifer Olson (a resident of Mexico herself) created this boutique in order to combine Mexican Artistry and Modern Design to Empower Women Artisan.
Making a livable income can be almost impossible for those living in rural Mexico. Jobs can be extremely difficult to come by. Jennifer was compelled to help artisans sell their beautiful handmade creations so they can prosper in their financial situation and show the world their cultural art.
What started as a modest Etsy shop quickly transformed into an upscale womenswear and accessory line devoted to delivering stylish apparel that is ethically made, eco-friendly and provides artisan women with a dignified job and income.
Every purchase from Boutique Mexico will help artisan women rise out of poverty as well as help other great causes such as funding for La Escuelita de Sonia School, Sian Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, and the World Heritage site near Tulum. location of the new store in Tulum and how BM will be featuring a new Mexican Designer every month.
*All of Boutique Mexico’s apparel and accessories are 100% artisan-made and celebrate the native crafts of Mexico.
You can help make a difference in the world with buying these sustainable, eco-friendly fashionable and Boutique Mexico accessories. Here are some of my favorites, and the products are high quality, durable, and made to last, and yet still feel like you’re getting more bang from your buck thanks to the great pricing!
Interested in picking up some of this lovely sustainable, artisan fashion for yourself? Be sure to shop BoutiqueMexico.com Online Today or visit them in Tulum at https://goo.gl/maps/GF4K3RTpr MK2 It is about a 5 minute walk North from Hartwood Restaurant and about a 2 minute walk South from Hotel Ahau Tulum. Right next to “Las Bolas” ice cream shop.
*This is a Sponsored Post from Boutique Mexico.
Originally published at medium.com