Updated: Dec 19, 2019
When what you wear aligns with your values- your wardrobe is your superpower
Welcome to Week 3 of the Nothing New November Challenge! If you’ve been with us since Day 1- congratulations! You are setting an example and taking a stand for the environment by choosing sustainable fashion. Thank you!
If you are just joining us- welcome! The Nothing New November Challenge is meant to be a fun activity and (full disclosure) my strategy to get us all excited about using fashion for good and doing what’s best for the planet. Because, sadly, the rest of the industry really isn’t. All we have control of at this point in time is our own personal choices- which really is HUGE! We are so much more powerful than we think and have so much control just by choosing more carefully.
Especially as we move into the holiday season, where shopping and consuming seem to move to the realms of excess. We can choose different. I encourage you to exercise your right to choose better.
Vote with your wallet. This is about using fashion for good... this is taking a stand for the environment by choosing fashion that slows down the cycle of excessive waste, pollution and the drain on our planet’s resources.
“We need all people who care about climate change to understand that they’re part of the problem and the solution, just by wearing clothes.” Elizabeth Cline
Challenge 3: Borrow
I know this might sound a little intimidating, and even I’ll admit feeling hesitant calling up a friend to take over her closet on loan. But why not justify having so many great clothes, many of which you wear out once to an event, and then just leave them sitting in your closet collecting dust.
Better to get them out, get them worn, allow them to be loved and adored by many, and make the best use of their lifespan as you can. Since it’s event season, chances are good you have a party or something special you’ll be attending soon. Why not try this out!? Call on one of your most fashionable friends, and ask if you can peruse their closet, or maybe you already have something in mind?
Borrowing from a friend is even better than renting and surely much better than buying something brand new, wearing it once, and having it sit in your closet thereafter. Especially today when many people refuse to repeat a look after being photographed in it. (I get it!)
Join the movement. It’s easy. If you shop, try secondhand, snap a pic, share it on Instagram, tag @iamlauramadden and use #nothingnewnovember for a chance to be featured.
In case you are new here, what does the ‘Nothing New November Challenge’ entail?
If you choose to shop during the month of November, shop secondhand
Gifts you purchase for other people are at your discretion
You decide your comfort level, ie. socks, undergarments may be best sourced brand new- up to you
Even if you follow this challenge 50%, you are still making a difference, having a positive impact on the environment, and conserving resources that would otherwise be used up on the sourcing, production and shipping of brand new items.
Thank you AGAIN to everyone that has contributed and taken part in this challenge. If you haven’t joined yet, it’s not too late (never)! The invitation will always be there. These challenge tasks will never expire. Any bit you can partake- 10%, 40%, 60% etc. is making a difference. Please share this with your friends and help spread the word!
Vote with your wallet. Once again, this challenge is about raising awareness of how we can use fashion for good... this is taking a stand for the environment by choosing fashion that slows down the cycle of excessive waste, pollution & the drain on our planet’s finite resources.
Stay tuned for our final challenge released right here next week!!
Dress: Goodwill, vintage (FYI found for $1 on the Thursday dollar day sale)
Purse: To Be Continued Scottsdale, Chanel
Boots: Buffalo Exchange, Donald J. Pliner
Belt: Estate Sale, vintage
Photography by Carrilee Fox Photography