Unfiltered Thoughts: Style

We have watched all over the world, as young Iranian women cut their hair in protest. The average person cuts theirs at least once a year (if we can be bothered) so why has this made us cry with rage?

As the next generation we’re mindful of climate change, does this impact the way we shop for clothes? Are our clothes an extension of our identity or just something to keep us warm?

Is Botox becoming more and more common? And do tattoos have to mean something or are they just ink on your skin?

Taylor Swift said it best ‘we are never going out of style’. But for some, we’re constantly thinking about – would love to hear your overwhelming loud thoughts and the quiet ones that keep you up at midnight.

e.g fashion / trends / beauty routine / cosmetic surgery / tattoos

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In Praise of Op Shops

Why I’d recommend thrifting clothes:

1) It’s cheaper. The rising costs of living™️ has sent the prices of retail clothes skyrocketing. Meanwhile, I got a really nice, thick embossed knit COS cardigan for $15 at a secondhand store.

2) You will see if the clothes are durable. Come into an op-shop, and with one touch you can tell how poorly some trendy polyester clothes age. You’d want the clothes that still feel nice even after being worn and washed multiple times.

3) Reduce waste. We know how terrible fast fashion is for the environment. One big company is estimated to produce up to 100,000 clothing items per day, with questionable working conditions and resources. Of course thrifting alone won’t solve the global fashion industry waste problem, but it’s part of what we can contribute on an individual level.

Joanita (she/her), 28 NSW

 

Dopamine Dressing

I’ve never considered myself to be particularly ‘stylish’. I often dress for comfort and have what has been described as an eclectic collection of clothing. This comment is generally made when I rock pants with cactuses on them, rainbow sparkly sequin bomber jackets, or a homemade skirt covered with elephants. I tend to dress in items that bring me joy. I’m a big believer in dopamine dressing and when you’re feeling flat, wearing something bright and colourful can help to improve your mood- even just a little bit.

Samantha (she/her), 28 ACT

 

Is being in style really worth it?

Fast fashion was often a purchase I chose to make while working casually as a student and I couldn’t afford much else. But what is the true cost of these cheaply made purchases? The child labour, the unsustainable fabrics that will never degrade and the unethical business practices are enough to make the average person, at least, ponder their choices. So why are these retailers so popular?! One has to wonder… is being up to date with style trends really worth it?

Samantha (she/her), 28 ACT