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WHAT IS SLOW FASHION?

It is a concept of reducing waste, respecting people in the chain of production from farmers to designers, and uplifting the environment.

CAN FASHION TRULY BE SUSTAINABLE?

The short answer is no. Any further consumption related to capitalism has its harm. However, we can aim to become more mindful as the first step. Then we can shift our focus to reusing materials that already exist.

My story — I was first exposed to the world of sustainability through the many slow fashion influencers that exist on Instagram. In school I wrote a paper on creating a refined closet which led to a lifestyle change immediately after. In December 2020, I took the next step in creating a capsule closet of essentials made by ethical brands. Over the next year, I slowly discovered my style without having to lean on trends from the fast fashion world. I learned I reached for second hand/vintage pieces more so than the new sustainable brands because so much clothes already exist. My love for a good pair of vintage Levi jeans and a classic white button up never gets old. A closet that can be mixed-and-matched endlessly is truly rewarding.

Read more about the slow fashion movement here.

WHERE DO I START?

Take the time to discover your style. Save inspiration from Instagram, Pinterest, Tiktok, etc. What do you see yourself wearing for years to come? Think of outfits as apart of you versus outfits for specific occasions. Create a color scheme based on clothes you would wear. When shopping, keep these fundamental rules in mind. 

TAKE THE EMPOWERING NEXT STEPS

Getting started on building a sustainable and capsule focused closet can be hard at first! I have put together a list of ethical brands that I like to reach for. Everything from clothing (men’s as well!), undergarments, swim wear, footwear, accessories, to homeware can be found below:

Don’t forget that second hand options always have your back as well — Vestiaire Collective, Depop, Poshmark, and Etsy