One of my friends recently watched The True Cost, a documentary available to stream on Netflix about... well, here it is in the doc's own words:
It's about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically.
This was my friend's reaction to the documentary: "I am never shopping again." I don't think people understand the severity of the problem we're facing because of fast fashion-- the human and environmental costs both that are just as much a part of that amazing, unbelievable deal you spotted at Forever 21. I myself recently saw a blue velvet blazer for sale on Amazon for $5. Less than a cup of coffee in NYC. The blazer didn't look half bad, either, but the story behind that pricetag is all bad, I guarantee you.
If you don't want to watch the film because the images might be too much to process, consider reading Lucy Siegle's To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World.
This is an issue we all need to engage with either way, because very few of us are going to be nudists. We all wear clothes, and the worst part is we don't even have to give up on fashion in order to not burn the planet and all of us trying to live on it to the ground.
We just have to care a little bit. In that spirit, I styled a beautiful summer dress I bought a few years back and never wore because I was "saving it for a special occasion" a few different ways. I was shopping for a maxi dress like my fashion icon Florence Welch, when I realized I already had one in my closet! That is slow fashion, too: not just denying yourself a new dress out of some ethical quandary, let alone a financial one, but appreciating the stuff you already have.
Do you have clothes that you could layer and make work for fall? Share your ideas in the comments below! All the items I accessorized my summer dress with are vintage or secondhand. Message me for details.
A Slow Fashion Diary