image source: @naturesdye this heavenly lilac color was curated by a goddess friend of mine who naturally dyes fabrics using plants, foods, spices, and flowers. This lovely color comes from beans.
Life is magical. Although some people don’t see this magic as they are preoccupied with many things. Efficiency is at the root of all decisions, and time is not to be “wasted.”
The society that we have created is one that encourages production. And this mass production implies that someone or something needs to consume what is being produced.
That’s where we come in. We as consumers are encouraged to do what our name implies; consume.
But what if we took a step back from our current consuming habits?
What would we see?
Most of us don’t want to admit it, but we would probably be horrified. It has become so easy, cheap, and fast to order an item with the click of a button. We are so far removed from the process, that we likely don’t consider what had to happen for us to be walking around in our new shoes.
The consequences of these actions are heavy.
We are exploiting our sisters and brothers, our children, ourselves, and the Earth.
We are supporting inhumane working conditions that harm the well being of everyone involved.
Many sweatshops are places of high levels of sexual assault, on the job accidents, and other terrible circumstances.
I’m not going to go into all the stories and facts here, because I want to focus on the good and share with you the alternative to fast fashion. But, I highly encourage you to look into where your clothes come from.
If you’re not sure how to educate yourself, here are a few ideas:
Find a documentary on the consequences of fast fashion.
Look up some individual stories of real peoples’ experiences in sweatshops on Youtube.
Look up the practices of companies that you buy from and see if they align with your values. And ask yourself are you proud to say you support them?
There is a lot of information out there that exposes the fash fashion industry for what it really is.
I will warn you to be prepared because the stories that you will find are hard to hear. And the facts about what the industry is doing to our planet is awful. It’s the hidden truth that the industry wants you to ignore.
Not to mention the horrific effects on your own body. (watch the documentary Stink on Netflix and that will make you question a lot of your consuming decisions)
As a collective, we need to become more conscious of our decisions.
I am not writing this to shame you. I have been there. I used to order bikinis from low vibe places like Zaful. I was just living like everyone else around me and mindlessly consuming without considering the consequences.
The fast-fashion industry is expansive. Our lives are full of messages from the industry telling us that we are just consumers, but we are more than that. The industry also tells us that this is the way of life.
But, life doesn’t have to be like this.
What if we took a step back and educated ourselves on the true price of our habits?
Could you still click “buy” after learning that your decision is at the price of the well being of another fellow human?
You don’t have to live like this.
You can support slow fashion.
Slow fashion is a better, more mindful way of consuming.
Slow fashion advocates for a better buying experience for everyone involved.
The idea behind slow fashion is that you question your consumption patterns and maintain only the practices that are beneficial to yourself, other beings involved, and the Earth.
These practices can be categorized by buying second-hand, buying from places that you are proud to support, and being mindful of what you do with old clothes so that they don’t end up in landfills.
I am here to share the lovely world of slow fashion with you.
It doesn’t have to be boring and it doesn’t have to be expensive.
It’s quite the opposite actually.
Slow fashion is unique and beautiful and can actually save you money.
A slow fashion lifestyle is liberating and satisfying.
The Slow Fashion Lifestyle, “how-to”
Second Hand Consuming
Thrift shopping has become mainstream and I am so happy about it. Thrift stores are slow fashion gems. They offer clothes among other things that people no longer use and have donated. Depending on the shop you can usually find clothing items for a few dollars. Browsing with an open mind and creative energy is the way to do it. You never know what you will find. One of my top items to get at the thrift is large scarfs to tie into tube tops. I also love finding shirts and pants to cut up and make my own. My best find is a pair of brown corduroy pants. I call them my party pants. They are so my style and they fit me like they were made for me. They were around five dollars, where they probably would have been at least 30 if not more from a retailer. There are so many unique and affordable finds waiting for you at thrift stores. You just have to take a trip for yourself and see.
Online Thrift Shops
The only downside to a thrift shop is it can be difficult to find an exact item you are looking for. That’s where thrifting apps come in. There are so many applications designed for buying and selling clothes. The ones I use are Depop and Poshmark. This is a great alternative to buying new because most items are gently used but cost so much less. And you’re buying something that’s already out there, so you’re not contributing to new production. You can find all the pre-loved brands you find joy wearing.
Supporting Beautiful Businesses
For any non-second hand, clothes find companies and people that align with your values. Buy clothes made ethically and with sustainable and non-toxic materials. These shops are making the difference and deserve your support over an exploitive industry.
Some of my beautiful friends have their own passion projects and businesses that I am so grateful that I can share with you
This lovely lady hand dyes fabrics with natural dyes created by plants, foods, spices, and flowers that she mindfully and sustainably forges. Natures Dye is a beautiful passion project that Kayla has brought into fruition. Check out her Instagram and get inspired by this lovely human being. Truly a goddess on a mission.
I don’t think there’s anything that the woman behind this brand can’t do. I have seen her crochet and sew everything from bags to tops to sets. She is the queen of sustainable fashion. She uses repurposed materials and hand makes everything herself. It’s been a joy to see this brand grow. Mia is always coming out with new creations and ways to make the world a better place. Redefined Goods is a brand that deserves your love and support.
Karma the Label
Karma the Label consciously creates custom swimwear. I don’t know the woman behind this brand personally, but I wanted to share this brand with you here because I am in love with everything about it. And bikinis are a big part of my life. The kinis are all hand made and shipped in compostable packaging. All my interactions with the babe behind the brand have been a joy. The amount of care put into the kinis is evident. I feel like a goddess when I put it on. And you deserve to feel that way too.
Other beautiful companies that I am looking to support
Hara The Label
Hara the Label makes dreamy intimates. Investing in intimates is something that I strongly believe in. And want to work towards. This brand is the one that I have fallen in love with. Their mission statement aligns with my values so beautifully.
“Our mission as a label is to bring change and awareness to the human and environmental issues within the fashion industry while creating sustainable soft dreamy bamboo underwear that’s both rejuvenating and empowering.“
Mindful Ideas for Old Clothes
Repurposing old clothes makes the life of these items more cyclical. You can get really creative here. You can cut old clothes into new clothes, tye-dye clothes, or do whatever else your heart desires to refresh old items. This is the space to express yourself. Another idea is to use old clothes as things other than clothing. An old t-shirt can become a grocery bag, a cheesecloth, a rag, or anything else you can think of. Get creative here, you’ll use your left brain and feel good. It also feels good to know that you are not mindlessly polluting the earth. Repurposing is all around good energy.
What you’ve grown out of or become bored with could become the newest and most cherished item to a friend, family member, or stranger. Swapping clothes is another way to reduce clothing waste. The fashion industry is one of the topmost polluting industries in our world. Clothing swaps are a simple and fun solution. It could look like asking your roommate if they want any of the clothes that you no longer wear. You could find a community clothing swap in your area, or create one in a group that you are apart of. Another option would be to make some money by putting your old clothes on consignment or bringing them into a store like Plato’s closet. Think before you just donate, because some of those clothes will end up getting thrown out if they can’t be sold. And especially think before you throw clothes away. Swapping clothes can be done in a lot of ways. You can get rid of clothes that no longer serve you and find new pieces to love.
If you have old clothes and you just want them gone, donate them. There are so many ways that your clothes can go to good use. They can be used at animal shelters, homeless shelters, hospitals, and more. If you’re looking to get rid of clothes look up places around you that could really use them. It’s not that much more effort than just throwing them out. And you are creating a beautiful positive impact. Good karma all around.
I hope you find these resources helpful as you delve into the world of slow fashion. If you’re looking to find more businesses worthy of your support Etsy and Instagram are good places to check out. As I find new companies I love I will be sure to update you. For now, I have shared all my knowledge of slow fashion with you. I will leave you with these final words.
I don’t recall when this journey into slow fashion began for me. But, what I do know is that I am now devoted to only buying clothes second hand or from places that I trust and feel good supporting.
I can’t put into words how much better of a lifestyle this is. I feel so grateful to have found this way of living. It feels good to wear clothes that are good for you, others, future generations, and the Earth.
You deserve to feel good in what you’re wearing. You are better than the fash fashion industry. You don’t need to wear any one thing to be loved and accepted. It’s time for all the lies to be revealed and for us to turn to slow fashion. We all deserve better.
I thank you for reading this, the exploited humans of the world thank you for reading this, the earth thanks you for reading this, and your body, mind, and soul, thank you for reading this.