Tuesday, January 31, 2012

non-consumer in the fashion world

Remember my resolution to not buy clothing this year unless handmade or thrifted? There are several reasons for this decision:

  • my wardrobe is overflowing with clothing - I give away a lot every single year and it's not because I'm a mad shopper (I'm too poor to indulge haha) but I get given lots of things. ie. the lovely Daisy gifted me a coat while I was in London or just look at the fun we had at our swaparama in Salzburg last year. It just happens :)
  • it's a fun exercise to not always immediately get what you want but wait for it, it will be more special that way.
  • fashion is one of the biggest, if not THE biggest, contributor to fill our landfills. Everyone buys seasonal fashion and throws it out a couple months later. Perfectly usable clothing.
  • I've been on a hunt for shops that deal fair, produce their garments locally or sustainably... tricky if you ask me!
So I'm fasting from buying fashion this year and until today, when I got an email saying that Marc Jacobs is having a 70% off promo, it was pretty easy haha It will not be my downfall, I promise, but it made me look at all the pretty things they have to offer. After all I'm a big fan :)
Anyway I know I'm a tiny drop in a massive ocean and I'm not going to change consumerism, but you can't talk about it and not live it, right. I'll write little updates over the next 11 months, filled with info on sustainable fashion and what we can do to make a difference. 
In my experience, restriction brings out creativity. If you don't believe me, check out what Sheena did when she wore one dress for an entire year for the uniform project.

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