How I Do Slow Fashion

I’ll get right to the point. The world of fashion has begun to pay attention to the effect of fast fashion. Fast fashion is a term that retailers use when they move clothing designs quickly from the catwalk to stores with fast manufacturing at an affordable price. As a result, overseas manufacturers hire staff members unethically, pollute the environment and/or create societal problems.

In the recent years, there have been many sustainable brands born focusing on producing sustainable clothes – they source manufacturers that pay living wages, follow environmental regulations and hire ethically. These trends have coined the term slow fashion, being the opposite side of fashion.

Maybe you’ve heard about slow fashion before, maybe you have not. This is something I’ve wanted to talk about since starting this blog. Read along to find out how I do slow fashion:

  • Really think before you make the purchase. Whenever I find myself craving for certain items (e.g. winter coats, booties..etc), I sleep on my urges, for many many nights. I think about whether it’d be a smart purchase, how I’d pair it, do I really want it, and most importantly, how sad I’d be if I hadn’t bought it. I would only decide to buy something if it really resonant with me. Impulse shopping is never really my thing.
  • Start with sustainable brands. As a result of sourcing sustainable suppliers, most sustainable brands have a higher price point. I start my hunt with responsible brands to see if I can find something that is both ethically made and fits my budget – sometimes I can and sometimes I can’t.
  • Trendy, or tacky? I generally stay away from items that are too trendy. These items generally don’t have very long wardrobe lives. I am not a fan of getting items that only last only one or two seasons. But fashion is all about having fun and trying on new things, it’s great to get stylish items once a while but it’s also a good idea to keep in mind of their short wardrobe lives.
  • Mix and match is the key. Those staple items in your wardrobe are the workhorses. They are the foundation of mixing and matching, which is a great way to bring new life to old items. You can create a folder to save all outfit inspirations from your favorite bloggers for those days when you feel like you have nothing to wear (which is pretty often…. yea I feel you!)
  • Be nice to your clothes. Because I put in a lot of thoughts before making a purchase, I LOVE each and every piece of my clothes. I treat them like my babies – wash them by hand, dry them gently, avoid too much wear and tear…etc. I will write another post about what I do to care for my clothes. But putting the effort into caring for my clothes definitely pays off – they stay new-looking longer!

I feel that the best way of doing slow fashion is to just be mindful of your purchases and try not to impulse shop. It may sound difficult at first but it might save you some $$ in the long run. Do you have any unique ways of doing slow fashion? Let me know in the comments!

 

 

DETAILS.

Black coat:  Bench c/o (on sale for 40% off!)
Tee: Everlane
Jeans: Everlane
Bag: Chanel 
Sneakers: Isabel Marant, similar here with a better price!
Necklace: Mejuri (use code “Irene” to get $20 off!)

 

Until next time, girls.

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17 Comments

    • Irene
      October 29, 2017 / 8:47 pm

      I agree! It’s just so much more thoughtful. 🙂

  1. October 30, 2017 / 6:44 am

    Love this article! Such a creative post idea. I’ll definitely be taking better care of my clothes and paying more attention to the sustainability of what I’m buying. Thanks so much for sharing!

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    • Irene
      October 30, 2017 / 3:54 pm

      Thanks for visiting my blog! I am glad you like the article. 🙂

    • Irene
      October 30, 2017 / 3:54 pm

      Thanks Joice!

    • Irene
      October 31, 2017 / 9:19 pm

      Thanks Alifya!

  2. November 1, 2017 / 5:52 am

    This post was so interesting to read! I’ve never heard the actual term of slow fashion but definitely understand the meaning behind it. I would much rather invest some money into a more expensive item that is a closet and fashion staple than spend money on trends that won’t be around for long. Great post and beautiful pictures! <3
    xo, Allie
    http://www.champagne-tuesdays.com

    • Irene
      November 1, 2017 / 6:39 pm

      I am so glad you liked the post! I love the idea of slow fashion, especially when it comes to carefully curated closets. It’s just a great feeling to wear something you LOVE everyday! 🙂

    • Irene
      November 1, 2017 / 6:36 pm

      you are too kind, girls!

  3. November 2, 2017 / 8:16 am

    Sleeping on a shopping urge is really key- sometimes, I completely forget about a piece and sometimes I cannot STOP thinking about a piece- which give me an indication whether to jump the gun and purchase or not!

  4. November 2, 2017 / 10:30 am

    Classic connections, beautiful and very inspirational 🙂 Thanks!

  5. November 2, 2017 / 5:34 pm

    I REALLY love this post. We live in SUCH a consumer world where everyone thinks they need more more and more. I’ve recently become way more thoughtful with buying clothes – I search used clothing stores and find GREAT buys, I don’t support brands with questionable morals, and I realize that I really do NOT need new clothes often. Being aware of these things can make a big change, especially if more people start doing it. Thanks for spreading awareness!

    Susie | http://milehighdreamers.com

  6. November 8, 2017 / 5:16 am

    This is such a lovely read dear, really insightful, and I couldnt agree more. Often times we feel compelled to buy new outfits just to have something new to post on our blogs. And many times, we jump the bandwagon of what is popular (trendy outfits).

    Jessica | notjessfashion.com