I am back in #businesscasual to observe a seminar, today. I’m surprised by how much use I’m getting out of this 10+ year old blazer. I bought it at, the now closing, The Limited – once a staple for workwear. Although I may be back in corporate clothing, I now prefer to buy my clothing secondhand. I wonder how many others feel the same and how much that is impacting traditional apparel outlets.

Jacket, The Limited. Dress, Adrianna Papell (consignment). Boots, Lauren Ralph Lauren. Earrings, Charming Charlie.

Seminar observation in action:

January 10, 2017

Kasmira Kit


  1. Laurie

    January 13, 2017

    Although I can’t find a citation right now, I’ve read the fast fashion apparel industry is a big factor in the decline of the traditional apparel stores. So, sadly, it’s practically the complete opposite of secondhand shopping that’s helping to put traditional retailers out of business. Part of me doesn’t want extra thrift store shopping competition, but for the planet, I’d be willing to have to elbow my way through the Goodwill.

    • Kasmira Kit

      January 13, 2017

      How do you feel about thrifting fast fashion? On one hand, I hate seeing those labels in my closet. On the other, I’m glad they are getting worn instead of thrown into the landfill. I also tend to find that the fast fashion I find at the thrift store is of higher quality. It lasted a few wears and washes for someone else and continues to hold up for me.

      • Laurie

        January 13, 2017

        I’m with you. Although much of the fast fashion at the thrifts are pilled, worn-out messes (esp. things made of thin rayon knits), I’ve also found some gems. I try not to make a purchase or refuse to purchase based on the brand. The thrift is the clothing democratizer: whether it’s Dior or Forever 21, it’s going to the landfill if it isn’t sold eventually.

        • Laurie

          January 13, 2017

          Oh, and I also make no secret of where I buy clothes: “I bought this at Goodwill!” or “Yes, I wear used shoes!” So, if someone recognizes that I’m wearing a fast fashion brand, I figure I’m not promoting or encouraging anyone to go buy a brand new one like it. That assuages any guilty feelings I might have.

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