The dangers of fast fashion in this consumerist era are countless. Not only is fast fashion destroying the planet, many leading brands promoting this trend do not treat their workers from the south of the world with fair working conditions. If you want to make this planet a better place, you can start by creating a sustainable wardrobe. Stop or reduce ordering clothes from brands that offer a cheaper version of high-end brands that appeal to the Instagram fashion generation. Let’s take a look at other ways you can promote climate-conscious slow fashion:
Do your research
As a consumer concerned about the climate crisis and aware of the impact fast fashion has on our planet, make it your responsibility to research how a clothing brand deals with sustainability. Using social media, one can directly question a brand and ask how they buy their fabric and how their employees are treated. If a brand isn’t so open about its sustainable practices, chances are it isn’t climate conscious.
Buy clothes you know you’ll wear again and again
Instead of investing in one piece of clothing that is just part of a passing trend, buy pieces that you know you will wear on multiple occasions. Or if you have a statement piece, you can restyle it and wear it for another occasion. For example, Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie opened her wardrobe for her daughters last year for their red carpet looks. Angelina’s daughter Zahara Jolie Pitt upcycled the actress’s 2014 Oscars outfit for the premiere of Eternals. Zahara wore Elie Saab’s dazzling couture dress. While 15-year-old Shiloh Jolie Pitt donned a beige dress that was a reworked version of the Gabriela Hearst slip Angelina wore last year.
Change your shopping behavior
It is high time we change our view of fashion in this day and age. British actress Emma Watson often promotes vintage clothing and shows us how not to succumb to fashion quirks and trends. One can go for rental fashion if they are trying to fit into a trend. With tons of unwanted clothing dumped in landfills every year and not recycled, it’s better that we share wardrobes and contribute to the circular economy for a more sustainable future.
How will you create a sustainable wardrobe?
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