I truly hope that this title made you excitedly click to see what was in store for this month's blog post. I have been on a very personal journey the past 18 months of recognizing the impact that fast fashion is having on our world. Although this recognition has been heart wrenching, I have discovered that there are many solutions to the very real issues that are facing us as we learn to better care for the earth and ultimately the entire human race.
Personally, I was moved by the documentary The True Cost and I highly recommend giving it a watch. It removed the veil for me in regards to the fashion industry, in the same way that Food Inc. removed the veil for me in regards to the food industry...
So many people are affected by the fashion industry and watching The True Cost placed them right in front of me as if we were having dinner together. Beautiful human beings are being forced into a life of slavery, exposed to toxic amounts of chemicals, and much more. In addition to that, the fashion industry is now the world's second largest polluter.
Let's talk about what we can do...
If you aren't familiar with the term "capsule wardrobe", I would encourage you to explore the beauty & simplicity of this concept. In 2015, I shared my journey in creating my first capsule wardrobe. You can view and read more about my journey through the following links: A Capsule Wardrobe = Your Perfect Wardrobe, Capsule Wardrobe Part 1 - Defining Your Wardrobe, Capsule Wardrobe Part 2 - What To Keep & What To Let Go, Capsule Wardrobe Part 3 - My Summer Picks. Creating a capsule wardrobe is a great way to ensure you are purchasing intentionally and that your closet is only filled with items that you feel great in and that you absolutely love! It is the direction I am taking most of my clients these days.
This month's blog post picks are all classic pieces you would find in many women's wardrobes, but these pieces are "better". "Better" meaning they are produced in a more conscious way and fit into a combination of the following categories:
I hope this blog post has educated and encouraged you that together we can create big change in small ways. By purchasing more intentionally we can be a part of turning this around and showing the fashion industry what truly matters to us...
P.S. Another way I love to fight fast fashion is by shopping secondhand. My favorite local spot is Style Encore! I also love purchasing secondhand online through swap.com, eBay, poshmark, and tradesy. What are some ways you have committed or plan to commit to fighting fast fashion?