The slow fashion movement has been growing fast, and for a good reason. Learn how the sustainable movement has made it’s way into the fashion world and which brands are doing it right.
It’s becoming more and more clear that the fashion industry is extremely corrupt. Like any industry, there are those who run their businesses fairly and those who will do whatever it takes to maximize their profits.
A new movement called slow fashion is revolutionizing how clothes are being both made and sold. It originated from the “slow food” movement that started in the 80’s. Show fashion has helped improve both products and working conditions for millions of workers around the world.
Keep reading to learn about the three main aspects of slow fashion and how you can take part in the movement that is taking the fashion world by storm.
Ethical fashion, often known as “fair trade”, focuses on the treatment and opportunities of manufacturers. If a clothing brand wants to create a new product with a certain culture’s style, the cheapest way would be to mimic those style in an overseas factory.
However, the ethical approach would be to create new jobs for the locals in that culture and pay them to create handmade clothes.
Animal rights, as well as human rights, are also a major concern in ethical fashion. More and more brands are creating vegan clothes in order to improve the treatment of animals and lessen the need for leather and fur products.
Eco fashion pertains to the way fabrics and textiles are produced and the effects they have on the environment. Manufacturers use local cotton and other products to cut down on emissions caused by transportation. Customers are also using more sustainable fabrics, recycling materials, and using “vintage” products.
Some of these companies also make sure that their facilities are using advanced and “green” technologies
Lasting fashion is the mindset of creating high-quality products that are timeless and built to last. This is an effective step above “fast fashion”, where clothes are intentionally made poorly and designed to fall apart.
The entire purpose of “new trends” is to make new clothes that consumers will buy in order to stay up to date. These trends change rapidly to push sales, and people end up having a large amount of low-quality clothes and yet “nothing to wear”.
The slow fashion movement encourages people to buy higher-quality clothing products that are timeless and won’t have to be replaced for years to come.
Join Slow Fashion
Trends come and go, but style is forever. If you’ve ever combed through your closet and still couldn’t find anything you wanted to wear, it may be time to think about adopting slow fashion. Focus on higher-quality clothing brands that are transparent about their manufacturing procedures.
Some of these brands do cost a bit more, but they will also pay for themselves over time and won’t need replacing.
If you get that all-too-familiar itch to go on a shopping spree, try a thrift store to find vintage pieces or even try building a capsule wardrobe. Break out your needle and thread to fix that rip in your jeans instead of throwing them away to buy a new pair.
If you’re interested in making a difference with your fashion, music, or art, you aren’t alone. Join Vintage Connection to find out how we can help you spread your message and create change for the better.