slow fashion guide for every budget
The slow fashion movement considers the process and resources required to make clothing. It involves buying less, better quality garments that will last for longer. One of the pillars of slow fashion is valuing the fair treatment of people, animals and the plant.
The movement emerged as a solution and in opposition to fast fashion. In itself a fairly new phenomena, fast fashion started around 20 years ago, when the industry witnessed a drastic change. It moved from domestically made garments and two seasons per year, to being made abroad in countries where people are poorly paid and treated, to buying fabrics that heavily pollute our waters and the planet. Nowadays there are as many as two mini seasons per week in fast fashion stores as H&M.
Research and knowledge helps stay rooted in my change and keep going. I first came across True Cost when doing some research on fabrics, and since then I cannot get out of head the young Bangladeshi woman who stated that people wear they blood and tears; or the vivid description of the Rana Plaza disaster where more than 1330 garment workers died when the building collapsed on them. Regenerating the planet and social rights are my why. Find out yours.
If you have a tendency to shop frequently it may be helpful to know what triggers your habits. I have unsubscribed from almost all marketing emails from fast fashion brads and only left a few from slow fashion ethical brand. Your shopping habits may be triggered by window shopping, watching clothing hauls on YouTube, going to the mall or online shopping.
Whatever it might be ask yourself WHY DO YOU WANNA KEEP BUYING THINGS?
I realised that a few years ago I would keep buying things out of my desire to fit in. Having clothes from certain brands mad eye feel like I would belong in a certain group or social status. It’s funny or better said sad that many of these brands do not even use high quality fabrics that could last a long time. Why would they if the goal is for you to keep coming back and buy some more?
I could end up with a lot of clothing that didn’t work together. I had a lot but I had nothing to wear. Now I tend to buy pieces that are classic, will last a lot time and work well with a variety of things. It doesn’t mean that you need to only wear neutral colours, but make sure that what you have in your closet is versatile.
This is how it works. You declutter of wardrobe and create a pile of clothes you no longer want. Instead of donating them to charity you take the bag with clothes to your cousin or best friends. They can pick what they like add the clothes they decluttered and give it to someone else. Or you can have clothing swapping party where each person brings their clothes and everyone picks what they like.