- Expensive does not mean good quality or ethically produced.
- Inexpensive does not mean poor quality or unethically produced.
- Organic and sustainable clothing brands currently tend to offer muted color palettes, and lack of intricate pattern techniques or innovative design (i.e. plain button down shirts, pullover sweaters, khaki pants). I disagree with the idea of sacrificing individual style and creativity (so sue me!)
- Capsule wardrobes are boring. Are we in Mao-era China?
- Regulation on what is ‘sustainable’ ‘organic’ and ‘eco-friendly’ is still nonexistent or arbitrary in many categories, including fashion and food.
Ok, Stefanie, get back to the point. What am I going to do about it? I am going to commit to my own new form of slow fashion. It may mean something different to me than it does for others, but here it is:
What I Will Do:
I will buy limit myself to 8 clothing and accessory items a month.
This seems obvious, but will end up making the biggest immediate impact to my wallet, closet, and the waste that has built up in this world. I realize that 8 may seem easy to you, but how do you think I keep supporting this blog? For the record, I bought 15 in January 2017, including socks. Think about the impact we would have on the clothing manufacturers and the environment if we all bought even 10 less items this year. What a huge statement that would make! This will ensure that I am thoughtful about each purchase, and that I learn to plan ahead. I will post what I bought each month as a recap, and why I bought each piece which will hopefully help you understand my thought process and inform your own sartorial choices. Plus, it will keep me accountable, and after achieving this goal successfully for a few months, I aim to get the number down even further.
I will design and sew clothing myself
Sewing projects yourself ensures better fit (therefore not always looking for the perfect fit pant), and avoids fair-trade and ethics issues regarding conditions in factories. I aim to make more fashionable items that are made well and that I really love, instead of rushing through projects to complete in a quick time frame. If you rush, you cut corners, and then you never will want to wear that item again!
I will support more ethically produced brands
Let’s be clear, I may not completely walk away from Zara and ASOS for my statement pieces, but where I can buy sustainably, I will. I believe that not everyone, including myself, has the financial means to buy sustainable and organic, so I cannot completely push an ethos that is unachievable.
I will repair, mend, or tailor items before considering throwing away or re-selling.
Giving my clothing a second life with a fresh hem, embellishments or a quick mending will lengthen the life of my wardrobe, and hopefully inspire you to do the same.
What I Will Not Do:
I will not refuse to wear clothing/home decor/styling items that are given to me
This blog is meant to inspire all parts of your life, and I will not turn it strictly into minimalism propaganda
I will not sacrifice style
I will not limit my blog posts to slow fashion and sustainable ways of life.
We are all multi-faceted people, and I cannot and will not claim to be one kind of person. I still want to cover personal style, home decor, travel and fitness, but I will also be doing my small part to make a difference as well.
I’m sure slow fashion purists will disagree with my approach, but I think that just like fad diets, doing anything cold turkey is not a sustainable (see what I did there?) way to progress. In the end, the hope is that by making small changes and increasingly bigger and bigger commitments each month, myself, and those who join me will be able to fend off this addictive shopping habit and lessen the impact the clothing industry makes on this planet. Who is with me?