Maybe you’ve heard of the Slow Food movement. Slow Food is a way of living and eating linking the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. Slow Fashion is very similar. I see it as a different way of consuming. I see it as selecting your clothing as a vehicle for style, with substance and consideration for your community and your environment. Slow Fashion includes, Vintage, fashion utilizing eco-friendly design and using environmentally sound resources. Slow Fashion can also include ethical fashion, which reflects a business that treats its workers fairly and with respect and also makes sure natural resources are not exploited in making their goods.
The website Slow Fashioned is a great resource for information about ethical, environmental and local fashion options and initiatives. Don’t worry no one is telling you not to buy that new dress or incorporate the next trend into your wardrobe. Think about shopping local, handmade so that your dollars are recycled back into the community and local economy. Really it’s about being a bit more mindful about how we rock our closets. Here are some suggestions on how to start rethinking your wardrobe and be a part of the Slow Fashion movement:
Stop chasing the Fashion Dragon. Find clothing as unique as you are and find your fashion voice. Refine your style and stay true to it and you’ll magically find that the compulsion to buy that dress you saw on the cover of “That” Magazine becoming a distant memory.
The next time your online, take a minute to research your latest purchase and answer these questions: Does the brand or the retailer manufacture locally and care about its impact on the community? Does the company have ethical work practices in their factories in Thailand and eslewhere around the world? Do they use environmentally sound practices and sustainable materials or working toward it?
Did you know that according to the Environmental Protection Agency, Americans throw away more than 68 pounds of clothing and textiles per person per year? Clothing can account for 10% of landfills in the large US cities. Of course this is a global reality. Donating your unused clothes, recycling them into crafty goods and refashioning those old vinyl pants into a crazy cool raincoat for your pug could go a long way! Not to mention the treasure hunt that is Vintage shopping. Swoooooon!
Choose something of a better quality that will last longer and be appropriate for more events than something poorly made and trend driven. Spend on quality before having a spree your favorite discount store. In the end a throw away garment is more costly, to you, your community and your environment. Saving up for that high end one of a kind winter coat will have you looking and feeling great!
Lastly, the single most basic concept, slow down. Take the time to find out more about what your buying and where it comes from. Shop your closet or shop vintage first! Get creative! Google DIY projects and see if you can’t convert that dated number in your closet you aren’t wearing into something you can’t wait to wear. Slow Down and enjoy what you have.