Slow fashion sort of “bucks the system”, but should be, and is becoming more widely accepted. It is an awareness of what your buying and why you’re buying it. It’s when you pay attention to the quality and the longevity of a piece of clothing rather than it’s momentary pleasure or style. When you source your clothing well (quality, sustainability, ecology, longevity) you are decreasing the demand for “fast fashion” which is much more use, abuse, dispose.
Slow fashion, …advocates for manufacturing in respect to people, environment and animals. As such, contrary to industrial fashion practices, slow fashion involves local artisans and the use of eco-friendly materials, …ultimately, provide value to both consumers and producersWikipedia
You know when you go to a retail store (I don’t care which one, pick some big box store and put it in your mind) and you find a darling novelty t-shirt. It’s your favorite character, or inspirational vibey saying, something you can’t pass up. It also happens to be relatively inexpensive. If you buy 2 TODAY, they will give a 3rd free? AND they are only like $13 to boot! You feel like you just hit pay dirt. You snatch 3 of them off the shelve, check out, and race home to pull the tags and throw them on for you instagram post of the day.
As you go to pull the tags off the first one you realize these sweet shirts are fairly thin. No problem, you’ll just throw on a strappy underneath and call it good, layering is a style right? Cool, now rip that tag off. Dang, first hole in the shirt. Not a big deal, it’s small … ish … and up at the neck line on the back of the shirt, no one will notice, and you’re doing a insta-selfie anyway, no one will see it.
So you run outside looking for your perfect back drop. You find a couple of options. That tree that is just now changing color looks good, or there is a nice faded and chipped brick wall right up the way a bit. Screw it, let’s do both, we can always save one for a day we don’t feel like taking a new selfie. Over to the wall, you’ll do that one while you wait for the sun to be just right on the tree. Cute look around the corner selfie? YASSSS. Shoot, snagged the side of your new shirt on a chipped brick and put another hole in it. Dang, oh well, it was only $9 with the sale.
Slow fashion is the movement of designing, creating, and buying garments for quality and longevity.Study NY
Run inside, grab shirt #2. You’re smart about it this time, so you use scissors to cut the tags off. You got this! Pulling it over your head you turn ever so slightly wrong and end up pushing your elbow into the shirt just a little fast. You hear stitches breaking. No matter, that’s just the stitching of the shirt, no one looks at that. Back outside to the tree that looks like it’s on autumn fire. You’re gunning for the best picture of the year on this one. Up the tree you go. Nothing better than a fall picture sitting in a tree, right?
All is well, you made it. Got the selfie that you know is pure gold. Now, to get down. Slide out of the tree, seems simple. Aaaannnndddd, not so much. This awesome tree just ripped your second new shirt right down the back. Tons of small little puncture holes decorate the back of this cute shirt that was also just $9. Oh well, you have the social media holy grail ready to post.
Let’s say this whole debacle from buying the shirts to holy grail selfie took 1 hour. In 1 hour, you have wasted $18, 2 shirts, and are really questioning ever using the 3rd shirt. That, my friend, is one example of fast fashion. It looks pretty, it get’s the job done for a little bit, but it won’t last long. It’s like paper dishes: super convenient, inexpensive (as long as you don’t look too far ahead), and you just throw it out when you’re done. You can’t wash it, unless you’re SUPER careful, even then, maybe you get 2 sittings out of it. But it will never replace actual dishes (even if you hate doing dishes, paper plates add up fast…ask me how I know!)
It’s easy to shop cheap, fast fashion. And, it’s easy to shop often. But, the choice is also there to shop slow, ethically, and sustainably.KYLE KOWALSKI
Thrifting and Slow Fashion are very similar. It is widely argued that they are not, but at their core, both have a similar good intention: Don’t let great clothes go to waste, and make it last. Slow fashion is more about sustainability, fair wages, ethically sourced labor and materials, and what not. Thrifting is about the longevity of the items. Re-use the items until you can’t any more. Take care of them so well, that they get much longer than their intended use. Make those items of clothing worth everything they cost.
Have you heard of “pod” wardrobes? That’s wear you own some amazing staples that all play really well together, giving you 4-5 times the number of outfit choices with less clothes. It’s really a pretty nifty idea. As a clothes whore myself, that is a wonderful thought, but nothing I have ever been able to stick too. So how can I make Slow Fashion work for me?
Simply put, thrifting means to go shopping at a thrift store, garage sale, or flea market where you’ll find gently used items at discounted prices. Thrifted items have been loved by a previous owner, but are usually in good shape with enough life left to be useful to a new owner.http://www.goodwillaz.org
So, I thrift. When I do buy new, I try to buy the best quality for what I’m after and then make sure it finds a loving home once I’ve tired of it. But mainly….I thrift. I will say it again because I love it so much…I THRIFT! Not only am I stretching my personal dollar by doing this, I am extending the life of clothing that would otherwise be dumped. I love to look and feel like a million bucks, but I NEVER like to spend that way. I $45 sweater? Are you crazy? Same sweater 1 season later at the thrift store for $12? You bet!
That’s more my speed. See, I love great clothes that feel quality, last forever, and are timeless. But I get “clothes bored” so I want all those wonderful pieces to see more life. I like to see used pieces find new homes, be repurposed, be “up-cycled” as you will. I also know that many of todays clothes aren’t made like that. They are made, like a lot of other things in our world, to be disposable and short lived. Clothing these days is made to last as long as the newest trend. Beyond that, manufacturers don’t care. They got their piece of the pie. They jumped on board the newest craze….and moved on.
Is thrifting technically slow fashion? No. Is it a reasonable leap to think they are accomplishing a similar goal in the long run? Yes. So help me spread the sustainability and expand your wardrobe! Shop the boutique!