Modern life is amazing. We have more opportunities than ever, endless options for anything and everything,…like, we can have sushi for lunch and pizza for dinner. Goals.
But all the options get overwhelming. We feel we need to keep up with the incredibly fast pace everything follows. We want everything and we want it now.
And in my opinion one of the most problematic fields is fashion. Fast fashion.
Sustainable fashion is the obvious solution to get rid of fast fashion. But, oh boy, is it hard to quit.
Then, slow fashion represents eh total opposite philosophy to fast fashion.
Timeless style vs passing trends
Fast fashion works as well as it does because it somehow manages to put new products on the market every.single.week.
And they are successful because they use trends to get our attention – these are often the things you see your fav celebrities and influencers wearing.
Try to remember all the times you’ve seen a new trendy piece of clothing you, like, literally NEEDED to survive. Then you bought it, and one month later you realized you hated it. For you, it looked as oldfashioned as an early 2000s bedazzled t-shirt. Been there, done that.
So slow fashion is the total opposite. It focuses on timeless pieces that you can use today and in 10 years. Those basics we always need and love.
And by basics I don’t mean dull and boring clothes. No, no. Think about them as extraspecial curated clothes. And if you’re not convinced check these brands out.
Consciousness vs mindless consumption
I’m not gonna recite the Manifesto here. But we have to RElearn how to consume and forget about impulsive consumption. We shouldn’t depend on things to ‘be happy’.
No, Margaret, buying the seventh dress of this week is not gonna fix your problems.
Who doesn’t love wearing something new for the first time? It’s awesome, I agree. But spending our money consciously, thinking twice before doing it and just buying what we love,…all this makes our lives simpler.
And it’s such an awesome way to practice mindfulness, don’t you think so?
Of course, we don’t need to quit shopping, or become minimalists or creating a capsule wardrobe. But just try to rethink your relationship with what you own and if what you own or want really is what you need.
Quality vs waste
We said that timeless clothes are made to last. But, like, for real. So that if you want to keep wearing your fav mini skirt at age 80, you should be able to.
That’s why these clothes should have some next-level quality. Nothing similar to what you buy in your go-to fast fashion store, trust me.
This means quality fabrics and quality production. The materials should be good enough to keep up with the natural wear and tear and last as long as possible. And the quality of the workers’ conditions should be reflected in the craftsmanship and sturdiness of your clothes.
Oh, and let’s not forget the fact that clothes are not disposable. This disposable fashion thing is a big no-no for slow fashion. Clothes are in our lives to be worn and to be loved, not to be tossed around after using them a couple of times.
Every morning, when we look in the mirror before heading to work, we should be excited and thankful about what we wear, not thinking about replacing it with the next hype. Your style can change, but your clothes should be a long term commitment.
Is slow fashion sustainable?
The whole slow living movement is sustainable mainly because it’s mindful and considerate. In every part of your life: what you eat, where you live, how you work and how you spend your free time,…and what you wear.
When you’re a slow fashionista, you’re able to see and appreciate the link between what you wear and the impact it has in the environment: how it was produced, which materials are used, what impact they have on human life and the environment,…
So, yeah, slow fashion is eco-friendly and ethical by definition.
By becoming more selective about what you wear, shaping your own ideals and materializing them in what you wear gets easier.
So if you’re thinking about switching to slow fashion, consider altogether a mindset and lifestyle change.
Tips to ease into the slow fashion movement:
- buy mindfully and buy less
- always think twice
- pay attention to your style (what makes you happy, what makes you feel comfortable)
- ignore passing trends
- build your closet around your style and quality pieces that represent it
- and have fun doing it