Hi everyone! I hope you’re all staying healthy and sane. Governor Newsom announced that a bunch of California businesses would close since more cases of COVID-19 are rising. Stay inside as much as possible and let’s keep ourselves and others safe! Today’s blog post is dedicated to giving up fast fashion.
GIVING UP FAST FASHION
Fast fashion is basically the distribution of current fashion trends that are taken from Fashion Week straight to retail stores. Big fast fashion companies like Forever 21 quickly figure out which trends are popping and sell these clothing pieces almost immediately to consumers. By doing this, retailers underpay their workers (most likely in third-world countries) to create clothes that are made from toxic dye or cheap materials and engage in high water consumption.
Giving up fast fashion wasn’t too difficult. Every month, I set a budget for myself to make sure I don’t go buy a bunch of clothes. I’ve noticed that spending money on sustainable clothes or thrifting makes me feel like I am making an environmental impact. Obviously, I did buy clothes from Forever 21, H&M, and Topshop in the past, and I honestly might slip up in the future! However, I’m trying my best to mindfully spend my money.
When I was younger, I didn’t understand the negative effects of buying cheap clothes, but now I feel like I’ve been educating myself and learning more all the time. I encourage you to do your own research and support ethical businesses.
TIPS TO AVOID FAST FASHION
- Thrift shopping – I know it’s not the best time to go thrifting in person, but in the future, definitely consider trying it out! I look through ALL of the racks (especially the pajama and men’s racks) to find pieces. Shopping second hand gives a new chance for some clothes that others don’t wear anymore.
- Following sustainable influencers for inspiration – These are some of my favorite gals to follow on Instagram and watch on YouTube. They share sustainable brands often and promote healthy living.
- Repurposing or upcycling clothes –
- I found this scarf that I’m pretty sure I’ve never worn before, and I literally just tied it around my chest. Scarf tops are trendy at the moment, and I didn’t need to sew anything to create this look!
- The scarf I used is long and rectangular, which was easier to use to cover my bust area. I wore a strapless bra because the scarf is a little sheer.
- I styled the scarf with a simple silver necklace with a leaf on it, my FitBit I wear every day, and black flowy pants!
- If you’re wondering how I tied this scarf, here’s what I did:
- First, I folded the scarf in half lengthwise. Then, I put the scarf behind my back with the open ends facing the front. With one open end, I tucked one end behind the middle of my strapless bra and pulled it down, and then tucked the other end in going upwards. Expand the fabric over the cups of your bra so the scarf is covering your bust and tuck the fabric inside your bra. This will secure your strapless bra into place. Finally, tie the ends of the scarf once more and it should hopefully end up looking like the picture below!
- Selling or buying items and accessories on apps –
- Poshmark – I sell my unworn clothes on this platform, but I haven’t been as lucky lately. I’m looking to branch out to other selling apps and I’ve heard great things about Depop.
- Depop – The sellers on Depop are really great about modeling the clothes and showing how they would style them.
- Mercari – I get ads about Mercari all the time and am going to look into it further!
- ThredUp – ThredUp is the biggest online thrift store, and I have yet to buy anything from it. The clothes are hung on mannequins so I don’t get to see how the items look on an actual body. However, I might purchase something in the future!
- Investing in a few basic pieces –
- Because of the fair wages to workers and organic or recycled materials, sustainable clothing items can be set at higher prices. However, investing in basic items to mix and match your outfits is a great mindset to have. Trends will come and go but think about what items you’ll wear for a long time and if it will last into the future. I found some great basics on LoveHayley’s online store, like this one-shoulder green tank. It doesn’t look like Hayley has restocked the green tank yet but she has them in a bunch of different colors.
- Transparency on a brand’s website –
- If a company’s website doesn’t explicitly say where or how the clothes are made, it could be a red flag. More companies are becoming more transparent about their process behind the scenes, but you might have to do your own research about the brand. I tend to look at the “Good on You” app (suggested by my roomie) which rates the fashion brand’s labor efforts, environmental policies, and if animals are used.
Fast fashion is an ongoing problem, and I encourage you to slowly phase out buying clothes from unethical stores. Let me know in the comments what your favorite sustainable clothing store is!
Thank you for reading about my journey giving up fast fashion and I hope you have a great day! 🙂