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By Jasmine Kazlauskas 

A student who spent $50,000 [£27,900] on her fashion addiction is now saving herself a small fortune after ditching her expensive habit. 

Fashionista Leah Musch, 27, claims that until WHEN she would spend around $120 [£70] per week buying brand new clothes from popular retail stores. 

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But two years ago the university student decided enough was enough, she vowed turned her life around by vowing never to buy new clothes again – opting instead for pre-loved threads from secondhand stores and markets. 

And after switching her $480 [£270] a month shopping addiction to just $12.50 [£7] a week, Leah has managed to save a whopping $5,600 [£3,125] a year on clothes. 

The brunette beauty now prides herself on living a minimalist lifestyle after getting rid of 80 percent of her clothes. 

Leah said: “The height of my shopping addiction was during my late teens and early twenties.

“When I started working full time I suddenly had spare cash that I could spend on clothes. I was spending over $100 a week just on fashion. 

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“I’d pride myself on putting together these super trendy outfits. I’d brag about it and it soon became my favourite thing to do. 

“I never even considered where the clothes were made, the people who made them or their overall quality. I’d go to the city every week and come home with bags of clothes that I’d end up wearing less than a handful of times. 

“I felt like no matter how much I bought, I was never on trend for long enough. There was always something new to seek out. It was endless. 

“My wardrobe was jam packed. I didn’t just have clothes in there, but in closets and in boxes at my parent’s house too. 

“I felt so suffocated by it all. Despite all the clothing I owned, I struggled to put together cohesive outfits because I was literally overwhelmed with choice. 

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“It was hard to even see what I had available to wear because my closets were filled to the brim. Mentally, I felt smothered, overwhelmed, and never fully satisfied no matter how much I bought.”

Leah said her ‘fashion epiphany’ occurred when she was 25 after volunteering with ethical fashion designers in Brazil.  

And after watching a harrowing documentary revealing the horrific conditions of poorly paid garment workers overseas, Leah decided to change her ways– which she said has been the best decision of her life. 

The student got rid of 80 percent of her clothing and began living a minimalist lifestyle – with the student now only spending $50 a month on secondhand clothes from local markets or thrift store. 

Creative Leah also handmakes a lot of her outfits when she struggles to find what she is looking for. 

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She said: “When I was 25, I was lucky enough to partake in a volunteer program in Rio de Janeiro working with a group of ethical fashion designers. It really opened my eyes to an entirely new world of ethical and sustainable fashion. 

“Then I watched a documentary called ‘The True Cost’ and it totally changed my life. 

“It informed me about ‘fast’ verses ‘slow’ fashion, and how the garment exploits low-wage workers in developing countries and thee ramifications of this. 

“I was overwhelmed with emotions. I was guilty of buying loads of cheap clothes made in poor countries without a second thought.”

“After that, I decided to totally change the way I consumed fashion. I got rid of 80% of my clothes by donating or selling them. With each piece that was gone, I felt a little more free and clear-headed. 

“Now I only shop at secondhand stores and markets and spent around $50 a month. 

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“It’s so much fun, and I love the hunt. It’s way more rewarding when I find an amazing piece. 

“I was also spending far less money, about a fifth of what I’d put down before on brand new clothes. 

“Most of my items are clothing cost me less than $15 and have lasted such a long time.

“I’ll never buy anything new unless it’s from a really amazing sustainable and ethical brand that I know will last a long time. But I avoid all major fast-fashion stores and the retail giants. 

“When I feel like my wardrobe needs a shakeup, I’ll arrange or attend a clothing swap. It’s the best way to update and clear out your wardrobe without spending a dime.”

Leah is currently working on designing on her fashion label called ‘The Unmaterial Girl’ and also writes a blog of the same to inspire others to make the move from fast to slow fashion and save big money. 

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She said: “Style is completely unrelated to money. It’s about having a vision, curating personal taste and letting your clothes tell an interesting story. 

“True style is priceless and can be achieved by putting together a killer outfit from secondhand clothing found at a fashion swap, market or thrift store. 

“I’m saving so much money just from buying pre-loved clothes rather than spending heaps on loads of different cheap outfits that I’ll never wear. 

“It’s so easy to save on cash and still be stylish. You will feel fashionable and chic, while also keeping some hard earned money in the bank. 

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“It’s also feels great to make sustainable and ethical fashion choices. If everyone does their bit to be aware and mindful, we could change the world.”