Slow Fashion Resolution
Despite curbing my shopping through the 333 Project (33 items for 3 months), I’m still doing the fast-fashion thing. When I’m ready to replace an item or try something new, I can’t resist Zara, Mango, etc. —cheap, on-trend, what’s not to like? Well, yadda yadda yadda, I’m ruining the planet, exploiting overseas workers, and ending up with crappy clothes.
The most recent Forever 35 podcast (Clothes Call) talks a whole bunch about “slow fashion” (the NYTimes explains it here). It got me thinking a lot about the clothing I consume and how I could make more conscious choices about it. The episode offers lots of helpful answers, which I’ll summarize for you NOW!
Host Doree Shafrir seems to be a budding expert on this topic. She started an Instagram called Slow Clothes Movement, through which she documents her efforts to dress herself using ethically sourced or second-hand clothing.
Shafrir wants you to think about the clothes you love and ask yourself these questions:
What do they have in common?
Are there styles, fabrics, cuts, etc. that you think are particularly flattering on you?
What is missing in your wardrobe?
What clothes do you really need for your lifestyle (if you work from home, you don’t need a wardrobe of business casual clothes; if you never go out, you don’t need a closet full of “going out shirts,” etc.)?
There’s some really beautiful things in these shops, things I could see owning for several years. Agree?
IT’S JUST THAT THIS STUFF IS SO DANG PRICEY!!!!!!!!
So here’s my plan: I currently put aside a certain amount of $$ for frivolous stuff each month. I probably buy 1 fast fashion item every month (especially when I’m pregnant, which seems like always these days). In the next three months, I am going to try my darndest not to buy the crappy, earth-killing, soul-crushing, stuff and see how much I have saved. I’ll keep you posted on my progress and share what I’m eyeing. Thinking those Bryr clogs might be a front-runner.
Do you buy from ethical clothing companies? If so, which ones and how the heck do you budget for it?