How To Dress: Sustainable & Chic
The history of the fashion industry began in the mid-nineteenth century with the first production of garments that required no prior fitting. Though the full swing of fashion business didn't start until the 20th century with names such as Poiret, Lanvin, Chanel, Schiaparelli, and Balenciaga. So it began, the production of mass fashion and our obsession with it.
A couple and more of years later, a lot has changed in the fashion industry; clothes can be purchased online, social media plays a significant role in promoting brands, and trends come and go so fast like never before.
Fast fashion is now adopted by the majority of key players in the industry, causing harm not only to our finance and body image but especially to the environment and the workers involved.
Changes are the essence of this industry, however, while the trends are shifting rapidly, other changes such as representation in magazines and runway to the wage and working conditions of the people producing our garments are still moving in a rather slow manner.
If you're like us and want to embrace the way of life that is slow and sustainable fashion, keep on reading!
We do understand that not everyone has the financial capability to afford fair fashion. It is a privilege to have the money, time, and energy to use fashion as a platform for your self-expression and creativity. Still, if there is a will there's a way. You can help by signing petitions and discussing these topics. It's not a race, it's a journey. It's okay to do things at your own pace. If you are ready for more action, you can follow the tips below to be more conscious on your fashion consumption.
Get Curious And Educate Yourself
Wouldn't you like to know where, how, or by whom your clothes were made? Learning all the things that happened behind the scene might shock you. The first step into becoming a better consumer is to educate yourself. You can start by watching documentaries like The True Cost or BBC: The Price of Fast Fashion, read books like The Conscious Closet, Dress with Sense, and follow the #WhoMadeMyClothes movement. If Instagram is your thing, you can follow these people to stay informed and inspired:
Fix It, Refresh It, Do It Yourself!
It's easy to say that something doesn't spark joy and just toss it in the bin. It's easy to look at a closet full of stuff and think and that you have nothing to wear. What you don't know is that it's really not that hard to breathe a new life into your old clothes. If something is broken, find a way to mend it. There are plenty of tutorials online on how to fix a stuck zipper, hem a skirt, etc.
What about the rest of the clothes that are perfectly fine but just plain boring? They said, "if it ain't broke, don't fix it". Well, sometimes you just got to live a little. Got an old pair of jeans? Grab your needle and threads and add some embroidery! A stained t-shirt? Tie-dye it! There are many ways to get a new look without paying a full price, you just have to use your creative brain. A more advanced move is to create your own fashion piece. Give a woman an outfit and you dressed her for a day; teach a woman how to sew/knit/crochet and you dressed her for a lifetime ☺
Rent or Borrow
A special occasion calls for a special kind of outfit, but before you rush to the high street, slow down and grab your phone instead. Your siblings or friends might have just the perfect piece tucked in the back of their wardrobe. If you are in need of more options, turn to clothes rental services. Sometimes experience > ownership. Have you seen Cinderella?! There is absolutely no need in spending your rent money on a dress or pair of heels just to feel glamorous for a night.
Clothes Swap Party
Gather your friends, tell them to bring clothes they no longer like to wear, play dress up, and make a party out of it! It's a sweet deal; you have an excuse to clean your closet, getting rid of unwanted items, and obtain new exciting clothes. It's a win-win! The pile of leftover/unwanted clothes can go in the donation bin or can be used for your next fashion upcycling party.
Invest in Timeless Pieces
It's quality > quantity. Save up for good quality, long-lasting pieces instead of the cheap trendy dresses that will shrink after your first use. In this modern world, it's not hard to fall into the trap of endless consumption in order to update your brand and stay relevant. Be someone who truly knows yourself, your essence, and style. It is also crucial to do thorough research before clicking on the purchase button. Read up on the brands, similar items/other options, and the reviews section. You will likely to really appreciate your new piece since you put all the hard work researching, saving up, and building up your anticipation.
"Where do you get your skirt from?"
"Oh, this? It's vintage."
Tell us a better 7-letter word. We'll wait.
The most sustainable way to do fashion is to wear whatever you already have in your closet. But if you can't shake the urge to shop, buying secondhand is a pretty good outlet.
There are a lot of ways to be better and more sustainable, the first and most important is to change your mindset. Only after that, we can set our intentions and start adapting different ways to reduce and be more creative with our consumption.