On Saturday the 11th of May, vintage clothes provider Worth The Weight are returning to Brighton. It will again be based in the stunning St Bartholomew's Church in the centre of the city, just by London Road. Early bird admission tickets are £3 and grant you access from 11am whilst £2 General Admission is £2, but under 12s are free. The stock of  handpicked vintage is replenished all day so the rails will always be full and fresh, no matter what time you arrive. There is no minimum or maximum spend so you can pick as little or as much as you want. 0.05kg will cost just £1, making one kilo £20 and you can pay with cash or card. When Worth The Weight came last year, customer Jess Peters spoke of their ‘great organisation’ and ‘absolutely amazing selection of unique pieces’.

Not only is there so much more variation and unique items at the kilo sale, but by going there for your summer wardrobe over a mainstream and fast fashion clothing company you are also limiting your contribution to the negative effects of fast fashion. But what is fast fashion and what are these consequences?

Fast fashion describes low-priced but stylish clothing that moves quickly from design to retail stores to meet trends. It has resulted from cheaper, speedier manufacturing and shipping methods, the consumer's appetite for up-to-the-minute styles, and increasing purchasing power—especially among young people. This cheaper manufacturing does not just happen, there are several ethical and environmental consequences of it. To begin, cheaper manufacturing can be made a whole lot cheaper by paying very little for labour, which unfortunately many of these fast fashion companies do. Materials are the other main part of making clothes and often cheaper materials such as polyester and their creation have negative effects on the environment. 

By opting for second hand clothing, not only are you lessening your involvement in these ethical issues but also the unnecessary production of more material and clothing. The perfect opportunity to get beautiful and unique pieces ready for summer as well as supporting sustainable fashion.