Danika Bark: "Being 100% present had become a rarity, and I've been inspired to bring it back!"

Preface: The average American tosses out 81 pounds of clothing each year; We now buy five times more clothes than we did in the 1980's; and a fast fashion piece of clothing lasts just five weeks in a woman's wardrobe before it's tossed out. Currently, our mainstream fashion industry, with a tunnel-vision for the bottom line, encourages ever-insatiable materialism at the cost of our social welfare, environmental well-being, and public health.

But it doesn't have to be this way. In honor of Second-Hand September, KW highlights change-makers glamorizing slow, re-loved, and vintage fashion as statements of appreciation for the heartfelt stories told by cherished clothes.

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Style

  • Vintage dress from Prada via The Real Real
  • Heels from Susi Studio; vegan-friendly, conscious business practices

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What are you working on in terms of holistic health this month?

"I'm going to try and really reduce my consumption of single-use plastics this September! Of course, I do all the major things like using a reusable cup, bags, straw and utensils. But when I grocery-shop, I still have my go-to favorite foods that are wrapped in plastic. I just feel like it's time to take this a step further, getting rid of all the single-use plastics in my routine!"

Where do you shop for vintage or re-loved fashion?

"My go-to online platforms for finding those quality resale and vintage pieces are therealreal.com and vestiaireco.com. I'm also super excited to get to sport all of my denim pants again without melting -- Re/done denim is great for that! "

What inspires you most right now?

"I'm obsessed with French-inspired styles right now! It focuses on having few timeless, high-quality, and elegant pieces, styled with effortless hair and minimal makeup... swoon!

Other than that, I recently just went camping for a week with no phone, no connections, and no showers. It felt amazing to unplug for 7 days! I've been trying to find time in my everyday life to go offline and appreciate where I am and who I am with.

Being 100% present had become a rarity, and I've been inspired to bring it back!"


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