Sorry to be late for the party - I signed up for Slow Fashion Season *details here. The idea is to buy no high street clothing from 21 June (today) for 3 months, in recognition of the enormous impact our (greed) demand for fast fashion is having on our environment. The target was for 10,000 participants which has been well exceeded. At first when I read about it I didnt think I could do it, but as I am already fed up with badly made, short lived 'fashion' and have been finding good preloved bargains lately realised I am already halfway there. I have seen others, on their blogs and facebook page, promoting the Slow Fashion Season (Vix and Annie) and decided it's worth being a part of.
What a great start, today my preloved Anokhi Indian cotton wrap over top arrived in the post, costing me about a quarter of its original retail price. It's comfy and cool with shorts for holidays - prettier than a t-shirt and lightweight for travel. I had a great Ebay win recently with the skirt below...
and have just found a nice little Indian cotton top to go with it (also preloved).
I first became aware of how our shopping behaviour can affect the environment a year or two back when I bought a book called Second Skin, by India Flint, recommended by fellow blogger *Vintage Vix* . It goes into detail about how synthetic garments and mass production in the fashion industry, to fulfill demand for fast fashion, is impacting the planet. I wanted the book as at the time I was interested in natural dyes and once I had read up on that, the book went away, largely unread. I'm reading it cover to cover now, what a shame it's taken all this time for its message to get to me!
Yes, there is a lot of awful, worn out stuff in charity shops, on local recycling websites and on Ebay but if you search regularly, you can find treasure. Yes, it does take ages to search things out, but no longer than trailing round a shopping centre and spending money on food, parking and impulse buys... it becomes a challenge and finding something preloved of good quality, your size, at a knock down price is very satisfying.
It would be my late mother's birthday today and I know she would have joined in SFS. In the late 60s and early 70s, as a single mum of three, she was a real thrifter, all our clothes came from jumble sales during my childhood out of necessity. Those days are gone now and shopping preloved in 2019 is not about going without.
I am really looking forward to this challenge and will keep my blog updated of my progress.