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The Future of Fashion

Erika, Owner of More Than Modeling and Caring for the Earth Dress Rentals

With kids going back to school for the start of the new school year, the subject of clothing, shoes and budgets is a hot topic and source of stress for many families. Welcome to our fashion feature, where we dive into the world of sustainable and second-hand fashion for kids and teens.

In this article, we’ll explore how families can encourage their youngsters to embrace trendy, eco-friendly clothing choices, while also saving money and helping the planet. More Than Modeling and Caring for the Earth Dress Rentals is based in Arizona.

1. Embracing Thrifted Treasures

Thrift stores are a treasure trove of unique fashion finds waiting to be discovered. Encourage your kids to explore these fashion wonderlands, where they can uncover trendy clothes that perfectly suit their style. Thrifting is not only budget-friendly but also allows them to express their individuality through one-of-a-kind pieces. Make a point of going with them to help piece items together, or by yourself and pick out something they may like, only telling them afterwards where it was from and how much further their money can stretch buying pre-loved items. There may be enough money left over for ice cream!

Pictured: Nalli. Photo credit: Erika, Owner of More Than Modeling and Caring for the Earth Dress Rentals

2. Sustainable Fashion

Teaching kids and teens about sustainable fashion empowers them to make informed choices. Discuss the impact of fast fashion and how buying less frequently helps reduce waste. By opting for sustainably made clothing, they can play an active role in protecting our planet while staying stylish. There are several great documentaries available so why not choose one of those for your next family movie night?

3. Unleashing Creativity: DIY and Up-cycling

Encourage your young fashion enthusiasts to unleash their creativity by making their own style statements. Do-It-Yourself projects and up-cycling old garments offer endless possibilities. From customizing plain t-shirts to giving new life to pre-loved items, these activities foster individuality and a sense of accomplishment.

4. Shopping Local and Supporting Ethical Brands

Promote the idea of shopping local and supporting ethical fashion brands within your family. By doing so, kids and teens contribute to their local economy while discovering unique pieces that reflect their personal style. Highlighting the stories behind sustainable brands can further inspire them to make conscious fashion choices. Next shopping trip skip the fast fashion stores at the mall and actively seek out the local sustainable ones.

5. Celebrity Style with a Twist

Celebrities often set fashion trends, but that doesn’t mean we can’t put our own spin on their looks. Encourage your fashion-savvy kids and teens to recreate their favorite celebrity styles using thrifted or sustainably sourced pieces. It’s a fun and affordable way to develop their personal style while staying on-trend. Source photos  of their favorite celebs and go thrifting to find similar items.

By encouraging kids and teens to embrace sustainable and second-hand fashion, we equip them with the tools to make a positive impact on the world while expressing their individuality. Whether it’s exploring thrift stores, getting creative with upcycling, or supporting ethical brands, the possibilities are endless. Let’s empower the next generation to save money, look fabulous, and be model environmental citizens. Together, we can create a more stylish and sustainable future and we can start now!

Addison, middle, mirrors celebrity Bella Hadid’s style with a second hand dress. Photo credit: AKM-GSI-Exposure

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