5 Ways to Participate in #SlowFashionOctober
Once upon a time I couldn’t refuse a ‘good’ deal. It seemed I always needed that $5 t-shirt that ended up being see-through, to no ones surprise. That 2 for 1 sweater deal… Count me in. Jeans half off when you buy 2 or more… Come on friend’s let’s go together!
Not only did I get sucked into a “deal” which invariably always cost me more moula in the end but I was also supporting an industry that exploits our planet, our people, and our animals!
After learning more about the truth behind fast-fashion I could no longer, in good conscience, support that industry. And as it turned out I didn’t need to. There are so many alternatives! So I made the decision to quit fast-fashion. It’s been a rewarding, cleansing, and satisfying experience that has lead me into the exciting world of thrifting and beautiful world of ethically and sustainable made clothing, aka Slow Fashion.
Slow fashion is an approach to fashion and clothing production that considers all of the elements that go into it; people, environment, animals, materials, and processes, so that we may wear quality clothing that lasts, made by people in safe working conditions, earning fair wages, while doing no harm to the planet or animals in the process, and even sometimes giving back to the earth.
Time for a closet audit!
Going through my wardrobe piece by piece is such a cleansing ritual. It reignites my love for certain pieces and gives me creative energy to come up with new ways of wearing my clothes. It’s a waste reduction tactic too because I am able to see every piece and avoid buying yet another grey t-shirt!
The often-higher price tag of sustainable clothing can and does scare people off. Why would you spend $40 on a t-shirt when you could spend $5 or $10? When you begin making intentional decisions about your clothing and consider what your actual wardrobe needs are, filling only those needs with quality items then you end up buying less. So the cost doesn’t seem like such a ‘burden’ when we couple it with improved purchasing habits.
It’s simple math really; investing in high quality pieces means we buy less because they last longer. Additionally, intentionally buying fewer pieces means we make sure we really love those pieces and wear them more driving the cost down per wear.
Slow Fashion October (https://fringeassociation.com/slow-fashion-october/) was started by a group of knitters who wanted us to acknowledge and take responsibility for our clothing consumption habits. It’s a month dedicated to celebrating how far the slow fashion movement has come but also to continue looking for solutions to the fast-fashion and overconsumption epidemic.
Here are 5 ways you can participate in #Slowfashionoctober
Take a shopping hiatus.
Wear only what you have in your wardrobe for the entire month without buying anything new.
The premise of the 10x10 Challenge is simple; pick out 10 pieces from your wardrobe suitable for the weather and wear only those 10 items for 10 consecutive days. This challenge was started by Canadian Stylist, Style Bee. It will give you a glimpse of what it’s like to have a capsule wardrobe and it’s also a great way to:
Explore your personal style
Flex your creative muscle
Fall back in love with your clothing
Wear some of your pieces you may want to wear more but they get lost in the mix of all of your other clothes; and
Help you realize just how many outfits you can make with only 10 pieces of clothing (spoiler alert: it’s more than you think!)
Do a closet audit.
Plan a few hours where you can go through your wardrobe piece by piece (clothes, accessories, and shoes) to determine what you love, what you don’t like, what needs to be repaired, what you’re holding onto for sentimental reasons, and what doesn’t fit. There will be pieces you’re unsure about and when it comes to those questionable items simply ask yourself these two questions: Would I buy it today? And can I make at least 5 outfits with it? Then hang it at the front of your closet. If you don’t wear it within two months, move on.
So you did a closet audit and realized you have clothes you weren’t wearing because they didn’t fit quite right or they have holes, tears, and broken zippers… Before getting rid of said clothing, if it’s something you really love that you want to keep wearing consider taking it to a local seamstress or tailor. This takes minimal effort and it’s usually less expensive than buying new, not to mention the resources you’ll be saving by not purchasing new.
Support a local designer or tailor.
Sometimes to be able to wear everything in your wardrobe you need a certain piece to tie items together. If you find a gap like that in your wardrobe and need to buy something to round out your collection look into local designers and clothing makers. You’ll likely be surprised by what or who you find but you’ll also gain a new appreciation for the effort that goes into making clothes. You’ll appreciate the quality hemming and stitch patterns and suddenly mass produced clothing won’t give you the same satisfaction or make you feel nearly as special!
Before I did a
I never layered this sweater and shirt. I only ever wore them on their own. Doing the audit brings out creative energy to experiment. The process helps you find your personal style and discover new outfits in your existing wardrobe. Sustainable fashion isn’t about keeping up with the latest ever-changing trends. It’s about discovering your own style that reflects who you are so you can march confidently into each new day.
Share how you will participate in #SlowFashionOctober and tag me @theethicalnomad on Instagram so I can follow along!