An haulternative takes the idea of a traditional clothing ‘haul,’ in which many items are bought and showcased in an online video, and flips it on it’s head. It generally takes an existing wardrobe, refreshing it in a fun and fabulous way. Haulternatives focus on upcycling, swapping, capsule wardrobes and charity shops instead of purchasing new.
A great time to start exploring your fashion haulternatives is Fashion Revolution Week (24 – 30 April 2017). The global event marks the anniversary of the devastating Rana Plaza collapse. The Fash Rev team have put together an excellent toolkit called #Haulternative: a guide for fashion lovers. If you didn’t like the sound of doing a clothes swap, why not buy second hand or maybe do a DIY and #loveyourclothes a little more than before, I have a few ideas on how to DIY your clothes if you’re in need of a few tips!
|oooohhhh look at these jeans that I DIYed, also sorry about my feet lol|
If you are not familiar with clothes swaps, a clothing swap is when people trade clothes that they don’t wear anymore for clothes that are new to them. A clothing swap is a zero-cost way to get some new threads. It keeps perfectly fine clothes out of landfills and reduces the pollutants associated with the manufacturing of new clothing. If you didn’t want to organise a clothes swap with a big group of friends and make it an event then swapping clothes with an online friend is perfect to, in fact that is what this post is all about!
I swapped two items with Edie, and I was so surprised at what came in the post! It was a nice surprise as I had no idea what I was going to receive but it was an even nicer surprise when I realised what she’d sent! A Brandy Melville striped tee (I mean this just sums up my style, what I wear and well just me as a human tbh) and a gorgeous black mini skirt which is unlike anything I already own. I already know it’ll get worn a lot especially in the summer; the possibilities with this skirt are endless and that is what makes this piece so great. I seriously cannot thank Edie enough and she needs to be my personal stylist because these pieces are me down to a tee (ohhh I do appreciate a good clothing pun). The idea of sending clothes that you’re not sure the person will like in the post may be slightly daunting and I’m not going to lie I was slightly apprehensive about what I was going to receive yet it was such a fab idea and made even better by the fact I love and will wear the clothes that I was sent for a long time – they are already tinged with sentimentality.
If you aren’t so inclined to swap your clothes with someone on the internet, why not swap them with your friends? If they’re wearing a nice top make sure to compliment because when they’re getting rid of old clothes then they may just remember you and think – wait why don’t I give it to them? This is a perfect way to swap your clothes and you know you’ll instantly love the garment.
However, if you want to make an event of it organise a clothes swap among your friends. Get together and bring items of clothing that you want to get rid of and you never know you may leave with a few new additions to your wardrobe without spending a penny; I mean doesn’t that sound ideal? Like I’ve mentioned before, buying ethically on a budget doesn’t have to be hard and I think clothes swaps are something that everyone is capable of but are overlooked for one reason or another. There are actually plenty of ways to do a clothes swap as I’ve mentioned above so don’t just limit yourself to one way of swapping your clothes!
Get involved with Fashion revolution week and continue the ethical revolution. What are your thoughts on clothes swaps and have you done any before? Let me know because I think they’re super cool and I would love to know what you think about them.