April 09, 2021
When we buy big name brands, it’s an attempt to establish an identity. Let’s do a little exercise by recalling the most famous fashion brands and think what identity does is place on its owner? (Brand name) cool, (brand name) rich, (brand name) affluent, hip, winner, sporty etc. Would that actually mean that buying an item with a flashy brand name is a symptom of insecurity and an attempt to borrow some identity of that brand?
We all know that there are better values to invest in. Like empathy, fairness, love towards the planet, quality. It might not sound hip enough for everyone, but it's exactly what I am looking for.
In my mid-twenties, I passed through a period of 'fashion addiction', too. The adrenaline rush endless shopping, tons of shoes and luxury handbags...And let me tell you, every time the rush was gone, I was feeling miserable.... I bet lots of people can relate to this.
Today when I decide to buy a new piece of clothing, I am trying not to be influenced by big name fashion labels. First of all, I am asking muself:
Strangely, after I have put all of this together, I am looking differently now at someone who is wearing an expensive luxury bag or a famous brand of sportswear. I am not feeling less or more, I am just feeling different.
Will some people judge me for my choices? Would some misunderstand my style? Probably yes. But we all live with our own values, and you can’t make these values uniform across the society. Hopefully my small sustainable wardrobe would actually pass the message to few people. This actually makes me 1000 x times more happy than a pride of wearing a big fashion brand.
How did we get into this branded hype in the first place??
Don't Pay extra for big name brands, invest in Sustainability instead.©
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