Hi, Maria here, The founder of WearMyWardrobeOut Ltd

At age 14, I landed my first paid job working in my hometown as a Saturday retail shop assistant. I was so obsessed with fashion that I actually lied to the shop owner, saying I was aged 16 to get myself the job!

Every Saturday, the first thing I'd do when I got to work was rummage through the latest stock arrivals, and reserve my choices. At closing time I'd blow my entire wage on new outfits, happily pretending to be 16 while earning £15 for working on Saturdays. I was the only person among my friends who had the means and independence to buy my own clothes every week. Pretty soon, I was lending clothes out to friends and had quickly developed an obsession for picking out items for most shoppers that came into the shop on a Saturday.

But not all stories have happy endings! My fashion obsession soon escalated into me spending way outside of my means in my twenties, racking up thousands of pounds on credit cards. It was all driven by wanting a new outfit and the thrill I got from wearing beautiful and unique clothes!

The regrettable reality was that most of these purchases I'd wear once for a few hours before superficially moving onto the next outfit.

When the time came to buy a house in my 30s, I had zero saved up for a deposit. Instead, I found myself with a sizeable credit-card debt to pay off before anyone would even consider giving me a mortgage.   

I've set up WearMyWardrobeOut to help bridge the affordability gap for those who are trying to balance saving for their future, so that they don't unknowingly make choices that will limit their finances or rack up loads of debt buying clothes that they will wear only once or twice. 

Equally, the power and influence that fast fashion brands have gained in the past 5 years is frightening.

It is simply not sustainable to continue to enable the over consumption of fast fashion items and encouragement from fast fashion brands through constant '70% off' messages pumped into people on a daily basis.

We have an obligation to enable alternative ways of consuming fashion and hold accountable the brands that continue to over produce 'trend' items on mass and then dump their unwanted stock in landfill.