Top 5 simple ways to resist Fast Fashion
Fast fashion is an issue that is starting to gain light in the media. It references how several retail companies will produce thousands of pieces of low-quality clothing in a very short period of time since fashion trends are always changing. This often results in a lot of unsold items that are thrown in the trash. People also discard these items more quickly than other items since they wear out more easily and generally go out of style faster. It is our choice, as consumers, where we buy our clothes from and how often we replace our items. We hold much more power than we know, and it is time that we start using our buying power to support sustainable brands. Here are some of the easiest ways to resist fast fashion.
Shop at thrift stores
Some people give thrift stores a bad rep, but I love them. They provide a plethora of unique options, and they are way more affordable than retail stores. I buy almost all of my clothes from thrift stores now excluding some things that I will always buy new like undergarments and swim suits. This is partly to reduce textile waste, partly because it’s inexpensive, and partly because I think it’s fun to sift through all of the choices. There are plenty of items at thrift stores that I would never buy, but you would be amazed by the treasures you can find. Plus, you know that any clothes you get there won’t shrink or fade much since almost everything has been washed before! Read how to bring vintage and modern fashion together in this article. Thrift stores and consignment shops are a great place to find the perfect pieces for your wardrobe. I think of it like giving the clothes a new life.
Buy from consignment shops
If you prefer more brand named clothing, or you don’t want to spend a lot of time searching through things to find something that you think is great, try a consignment shop. They often carry high-quality, designer clothes at affordable prices. Here, most items are still in really great shape and have only had one owner. This is a great way to get fashionable, high-end clothes if you want to keep up with changes in fashion. These shops allow you to bring in clothing that is gently used and in good condition. You can usually choose to take cash or use it as store credit to restock your closet.
Fix your clothes yourself
Did your nice, thick winter socks get a hole in the toe? Try learning to sew the hole shut yourself. If you grow out of your jeans or they get holes in them, hire a seamstress to turn them into shorts or figure out how to sew a patch. Learning how to sew so that you can fix simple problems in your clothing can save you a lot of money. My mom is a seamstress, and it really helps to be able to buy jeans that don’t quite fit from a thrift store knowing that she can alter them to fit. Here’s a short video showing you how to mend a tear to get you started. I used this trick to fix a hole in some pants while traveling, and it was a lifesaver while I was hiking in the Swedish Laplands.
Avoid companies that produce fast fashion
Many clothing companies do not source and create their items sustainably. Good on You is a website that helps consumers research and find out how sustainable each brand is…You know you can trust it when Emma Watson endorses it. If you would like to try to make more sustainable shopping decisions in the future, check out My Green Closet on YouTube. These resources can teach you what to pay attention to and help you take the next steps towards making your closet a little greener.
Choose high-quality items that last through fashion changes
One way to be sure you’re choosing sustainable clothing options that will last is by shopping from a company that specializes in capsule wardrobes like Vetta. A capsule wardrobe is where you purchase or keep only a few different items in your closet that work well together to make several different outfits. It’s a combination of minimalism and sustainability. YouTube channels like Daria Andronescu’s channel can help you get started if you want to go down the road of a capsule wardrobe. It can simplify your life, make your clothing choices more sustainable, and save you money in the long run. In general, it’s better to purchase items that will outlast quick and drastic changes in fashion.
Our fashion industry and our culture have created a problem that is now our job to fix. Each time we opt for the cheap option that supports fast fashion instead of the high-quality one that will last, it hurts our landfills. It also wastes resources that go into creating all of the items that are produced by fast fashion companies and wastes consumers’ money since they can only use their low-quality clothing for a more limited time. It’s time that we use our power as consumers to put our dollars towards more sustainable clothing choices.