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My views on Fast Fashion

Happy Friday! What is everyone up to this weekend? This is my last weekend before my summer starts getting really crazy with weddings, wedding events, work travel and personal travel. Needless to say I just need a weekend to relax and enjoy this beautiful Chicago weather before everything starts getting so crazy busy!

Anyways, I wanted to talk today about Fast Fashion. When shopping I like to get inspiration from what some of my favorite celebrities, fashion icons and even favorite bloggers are wearing and how I can incorporate those looks into my everyday wardrobe and how I can stay within my budget. Shopping gets expensive we all know that and trends come and go, so thats why I wanted to chat about this topic. What is fast fashion? Fast fashion is a  term used by fashion retailers it churns designs quickly from the runway to retailers. Stores are constantly changing and products are moving in and out of the stores very frequently. This allows us the consumer to buy these products at a cheaper cost. Some of the fast fashion retailers that I probably shop at most frequently are: Topshop, H&M, Zara and most recently I have tried Romwe and Shein (where my dress pictured is from). Honestly I feel like I buy way more than I need to when it comes to shopping at some of these retailers because trends change and the items are affordable. Especially within this last year of blogging I want to produce new content for my readers so its obviously easier on my wallet if I am getting a little more bang for my buck.Topshop and Zara are probably my favorite fast fashion retailers because of the quality of the clothing. Romwe and Shein are brand new to me. I recently gave a review here on Shein and just received my first shipment from Romwe. The amount of items you can get for under $100 is what is absolutely drawing consumers to these to sites, but the quality is lacking.

What I struggle with when it comes to fast fashion is when shopping at these stores I notice a lot of knockoff items. I may have never fully immersed myself into the design field, but going to school for Fashion Design I completely sympathize with designers who file lawsuits against these fast fashion retailers for knocking off their designs. I ask myself  how do we bridge the gap between fast fashion and designer clothing? How can we get these fast fashion retailers to stop knocking off designers, but still produce affordable products year round for the average consumer who can’t afford to wear their favorite items like what Kim Kardashian, Rhianna, Blake Lively etc wear.

With that being said my entire outfit today is just under $100. With the mass production I am able to afford to buy a pair of shoes, a dress and hat for that price. I am able to have a variety of items in my wardrobe. I am able to show my friends that they don’t have to spend $300 on an outfit. I get excited when I find a great deal or an item thats doesn’t cost me as much as my car payment. I probably won’t stop shopping at these fast fashion retailers for a while because my bank account and I would not be friends haha. The struggle is real ladies.

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Thanks for stopping by! Now go enjoy your weekend and hopefully beautiful weather from wherever you are reading from!

Xoxo Maria

PS. Leave your thoughts about fast fashion!

Photography Credit: Rachel Bires 

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  1. Michelle wrote:

    My bank account does not allow me to afford designer items so fast fashion is (unfortunately) where my price range is right now. My biggest issue with fast fashion is that it is not a sustainable option for our planet as there are so many clothes in our landfills from poor quality, fading trends etc., and I try to donate or recycle my clothing whenever I can! Also, being aware of what I’m buying and if I REALLY need it or not. 🙂

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    • hashtagsandhangsbags wrote:

      I 100% agree. My bank account too does not allow me to purchase designer clothing and I try to donate all my clothes! Thank you so much for stopping by Michelle, we love to hear others opinions!

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  2. Liz wrote:

    Such a pretty look. I love the hat, perfect for the beach and the dress is so cute. I don’t have enough green clothes, it’s such a pretty color.

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    • hashtagsandhangsbags wrote:

      I don’t have enough green in my wardrobe either! Thank you so much for stopping by Liz and your sweet comment!

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