MY THOUGHTS ON FAST FASHION

sustainable clothingA few years back, I proofread a paper about fast fashion written by a friend & I’ve been thinking about it ever since. FAST FASHION is the new & latest fashions coming from the catwalk, what’s new & trendy RIGHT now. The kind of clothes you might wear one season because they’re IN & then get rid of the next cuz they’re OUT, which is something I have a really hard time doing. I’m the keep-clothes-so-long-they-become-vintage type, SO here are my thoughts on fast fashion.

I’ve always loved hand-me-downs, like my parents’ vintage t-shirts, a denim jacket from when my brother was a kid, stuff from neighbors & cousins growing up & I even have my grampa’s CPO jacket from when he was in the Navy. Some of my absolute FAVORITE items in my closet are from other people. Vintage fashion tells a story, or holds a memory, which isn’t something you get as much with fast fashion, something you just picked up from a shop. I like to mix vintage pieces in with trendier stuff to create an outfit unique to my personal style.

ON THE other side of fast fashion are the sweatshops, complete with bad working conditions & unfair wages. These facilities also negatively impact the environment, what-with the pouring chemicals and polluting the earth. OVERALL I prefer shopping in my parents’ closet over being a fashion robot, lol. DON’T get me wrong, I’m a total sucker for a good trend, but it’s nice to recycle clothes & re-love them when someone else can’t anymore. AND it’s cool to help save the environment while you build a cool closet.

HOW can I work towards more sustainable clothing?

ways to avoid fast fashion:

  • SO MUCH clothing ends up getting thrown away or destroyed when it’s no longer on-trend, SO consider donating your gently loved clothes so someone else can love them.
  • Do some thrifting to find new-to-you styles.
  • Buy from ethical companies that donate, or give back in some way.
  • Search for staple pieces that you can wear again & again.
  • If you need an outfit for a specific occasion, there are sites (like rent the runway) that let you rent items for an event & then send them back. That way, you can wear the latest trends, but from a company that uses fewer resources.
  • Learn to sew so you can fix your clothes when they get torn, etc. instead of having to get rid of them! I recently stitched up my favorite pair of jeans because they ripped in the seam & now they’re GOOD AS NEW.

SOME VINTAGE OUTFITS

P.S. hi dad if you’re reading this, I have your Joe Cool shirt lol, love you.

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