“I got it as a gift when I was 15, and I have been wearing it since then…” Show & Tell with Zenia Linares

Actually I forgot how inspiring they were, the series of Show & Tell stories of the Wear Repair Share Repeat weekend with Nukuhiva a year ago. And we had 5 left. So because loved things last, here is the last one, number 5/5. Show en Tell with Zenia Linares. Photography by  Cindy van Rees.



Tell me a bit about yourself

Hi, my name is Zenia Linares. I am 46 years old and work in The Hague as a social worker. I was born and raised in Mexico City, but have been living in the Netherlands for the last 27 years.

What is your interest in fair/sustainable fashion

Honestly, initially I didn’t care that much about fair or sustainable fashion until a couple of years ago when I watched the program “Blood, sweat and fashion”. I then realised that the fashion industry not just gives a wrong perspective on beauty, but the process of making clothes is also wrong.

Even though I am really interested in sustainable fashion, it is not really affordable. I try to buy fair-trade shopping bags though – I love them!

Due to the fact that sustainable fashion is still so limited, and I often cannot find items my style, I like to buy clothes at second-hand shops instead.

What is your best spot to get new favourites?

I don’t really have a best spot to get new favourites. I like to walk into the city and literally go into all shops, try on clothes and if they fit and they feel comfortable, I buy them.


Which items do you again and again choose from your wardrobe?

I have this white vest which was knitted by my mum many years ago. It has a hole in it, but I just don’t dare to get rid of it. It is comfortable, maybe a little too big for me, but somehow it gives me the feeling of being in a cocoon – I feel safe wearing it.


What do you treasure?

I treasure memories. I can treasure an empty bottle of red wine for the memories it might hold, but most of all I treasure my family and all my friendships.

In terms of material things, I treasure the chain I’m wearing in the picture. It is of the Mexican Virgin of Guadalupe. I got it as a gift when I was 15, and I have been wearing it since then… it is one of my biggest treasures.

How would you describe your style
(and what you wear in the picture)?

I’ve heard people call my style ‘boho chic’, and I think I can agree. I don’t consciously think of putting certain things together, it’s more combining simple clothes (coloured or prints) with daring accessories like big bangs or ethnic jewellery. In the picture you can see that I’m wearing a plain blue dress with two of my favourite accessories: my chain with the Mexican Virgin of Guadalupe and a turquoise-stone collar, which I love for its vibrant blue.


What was the best advice you ever got?

Don’t be afraid to be yourself, because you are an authentic soul.


What was the last item you fixed or had fixed?

A couple of weeks ago I got this beautiful dress fixed. I wore to my 46th birthday party.

What is your best tip/trick?

Buy good basic items and combine them with anything you want!!


What was the last item you got or gave away?

The last time I got something was a month ago. An old colleague had a new pair of trousers which she had bought online but they were too small for her. She totally forgot to change them for a bigger size, and so I got them as a present.





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