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Tunisia: UN condemns deadly attack on bus carrying presidential gaurd
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council this evening condemned the attack today in Tunis against a bus carrying Presidential Guards, which resulted in many deaths and injuries.
Could you go a year without buying new clothes?
The last time I bought something new to wear was July 2014: it was a pretty blue dress for my graduation. Since then, every piece of clothing that found itâs way into my closet has been bought second-hand, inherited or borrowed.
Swearing off shopping altogether might sound impressive, bordering on the self-righteous, but itâs really not. A large part of why I stopped buying new clothes was out of laziness, not just for the environmental high ground (although it does feel pretty great). You might say, âI could never do thatâ, but itâs much easier than it sounds!
Every purchase you make has implications far beyond your closet. Once you make that realisation itâs easy to consider never buying something new again. But of course, itâs a big leap from consideration to quitting consumerism all together, one that just isnât possible for everyone.
Disposable fashion has made itself incredibly convenient, even addictive. But over-consumption fuels a toxic supply chain and stuffs landfill sites with impulse buys. We need to demand less from retailers, not more.
There are currently 31 items of clothing in my wardrobe, not including underwear. I am clearly not a minimalist, but I can still describe every piece of clothing that I own. Some Iâve had for years, and theyâre still totally wearable, like the summer dress I bought for a picnic in 2010, or the sparkly disco shorts Iâve worn on innumerable nights out.
Fashion changes, but style doesnât. I dare you to find me one old piece of clothing you own that couldnât be restyled or altered to look great now. While it goes against the fast changing fashion world, it doesnât matter; my old clothes suit me. Iâve been wearing them for so long that theyâre part of who I am.
Knits â inherited, thrift shop. Shirts â boyfriend’s own. Dresses â borrowed or several years old. Skirts â second-hand. Jeans â ancient. Tops â roommate’s, swapped, old. Outerwear â found, flea market. Shoes â second-hand, reheeled.
Fix up and look sharp
You probably shouldnât be taking fashion advice from me; Iâve been wearing the same jeans since I was 18.
Not all of us are lucky enough to be the same size we were years ago though. But professionally altering your jeans costs about the same as buying a brand new pair, and they can be tailored to fit you perfectly, rather than the arbitrary sizes by shopping off the rack.
My clothes are old â they show the marks of the stories theyâve lived: buttons are missing and there are irremovable stains and holes everywhere. But if Kanye West can go out in a holey t-shirt, then so can I. Or I try to fix them. Upcycling is slow-fashionâs new buzzword and itâs helping to reform the industry for the better.
#ImKeepingThis â My favourite skirt has four holes in it. Some I’ve tried sewing up, the others I just let hang.
Thanks to the rise of the hipster, vintage is growing astronomically. Historically the reserve of the older generation, second-hand shops, flea markets and thrift stores are now full of young fashionistas trying to find something cool.
It helps that dressing like an 80-year-old seems to be back in style. The other day my friend commented that I look like âHermioneâs grandmaâ, which is not a bad thing when youâre wearing an oversized camel coat (â¬8 from Amsterdamâs Ij-Hallen flea market) and a hat you found on the floor of a bus. Style is about what makes you feel good. Look weird: you donât need to blend in.
Iâm lucky enough to live in Berlin, where there are flea markets every other day and second-hand clothing is easy to come by, but for those who donât have the luxury of four different thrift stores in walking distance, there are lots of online communities where people trade vintage clothes.
- Itâs cheap!
- Youâre automatically hip.
- You get to say the sentence âThanks! Itâs vintage.â whenever someone compliments your dress.
- You canât always get what you want (but when can you ever? Disposable fashion is dictated by mass popularity, not necessarily by whatâs fashionable).
- Itâs rare that youâll find exactly what youâre looking for so donât go along with a vision in mind. Be open to finding something totally different.
#OOTD the statement summer skirt, brought to you by a second-hand store, teamed with an old pair of shoes.
Fashion recycles. A few years ago it was the 60s, now the 70s is seeing a revival. Current fashion trends revolve wearing exclusive, original clothes and looking a bit like your parents did when they were younger (plus iPhone). The best way to get this look is with authentic old clothes, and where better to get them than from someone who lived it?
If everyone shared their clothes with another person, weâd need to produce half as many clothes.
I have âaccidentally borrowedâ about a fifth of the clothes I now call mine: somehow Iâve acquired my boyfriendâs ex-girlfriendâs jumper, his sisterâs black top, some of his shirts, my mumâs old scarf and a couple of hats too.
Let’s hope they don’t ask for any of it back… #ImKeepingThis
Certain items are totally impossible to source second-hand â I draw the line at buying used underwear, but there are still options that donât involve throw-away fashion. Set your own goals, find whatâs right for you. Fashion has never been about what everyone is wearing. Itâs about feeling amazing in your clothes, be they riddled with holes, six years old or a golden thrift store find.
Maybe youâll reduce the amount of new clothes you buy, or maybe youâll bite the bullet and vow to make everything yourself. Start small: this Black Friday, just buy nothing.
Chiara Milford is a freelance writer living in Berlin. She tries to live an environmentally friendly existence.
Mali: UN civilian staffer killed in attack, Ban reaffirms commitment to peace efforts
A civilian staff member of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in Mali was killed today in an explosive device attack on a convoy, but the world Organization will not be deterred from its efforts to bring peace to the West African, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said.
Central Yemeni city of Taiz under virtual siege, 200,000 need water, food â UN relief chief
The situation in the central Yemeni city of Taiz has worsened amid intensified fighting since September, with 200,000 civilians living under virtual siege, in dire need drinking water, food, medical treatment, and other life-saving aid, the top United Nations relief official said today.
World Bank unveils $16 billion business plan to boost climate resilience, adaptation in Africa
Noting the significant impact climatic activities have on African people and countries, the World Bank Group announced today a new plan outlining actions required to increase climate resilience and low-carbon development in an effort to maintain the continentâs current and protect future growth and poverty reduction goals.
Egypt: Ban condemns latest terrorist attacks, calls for holistic approach to scourge
Condemning todayâs terrorist attack in the Egyptian city of al-Arish, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon called for an overall approach to preventing and countering terrorism, with full respect for human rights and refugee law.
New European border restrictions on refugees, migrants violate human rights, Ban warns
Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Balkan States today that border restrictions based on a refugeeâs or migrantâs nationality infringed human rights, with the United Nations refugee agency reporting that 1,000 people are already stranded, 60 of them on hunger strike and 11 reportedly stitching up their mouths in protest.
Syria: UN envoy meets opposition groups on effort to broker ceasefire, political transition
Stepping up efforts to broker a ceasefire in Syria, the United Nations Special Envoy for the country, Staffan de Mistura, is briefing various opposition groups on latest international efforts to end a five-year conflict that has killed hundreds of thousands and driven millions from their homes.
Ban concerned over downing of Russian plane by Turkish Air Force, urges measures to lower tensions
The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is seriously concerned over the downing of a Russian military jet by the Turkish Air Force earlier today, and has urged all relevant parties to take urgent measures with a view to de-escalating tensions, according to his spokesperson.
UN: more than 21 million people in Yemen need basic humanitarian aid
Some 21.2 million people in Yemen â or 82 per cent of the population â require some kind of assistance to meet their basic needs, according to a recently-published overview of the countryâs humanitarian needs for the next year carried out by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA).