6 Tips to Follow Easy Slow Fashion Habits

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6 Tips to Follow Easy Slow Fashion Habits

Are you someone who likes to shop but also careful not to overspend, supports the idea of sustainable brands, and enjoys decluttering? Then you’re on the brink of becoming a ‘Slow Fashion’ adopter.

Slow Fashion was a term coined by Kate Fletcher, professor of sustainability, design and fashion at the London College of Fashion. She suggests that for fashion to be a sustainable industry, the biggest chunk of responsibility and ability for change lies with the consumer.

“Slow Fashion is about designing, producing, consuming and living better. Slow fashion is not time-based but quality-based (which has some time components). Slow fashion is not the opposite of fast – there is no dualism – but a different approach in which designers, buyers, retailers and consumers are more aware of the impacts of products on workers, communities and ecosystems.” – Kate Fletcher.

So if you’re thinking about making a change in the way you shop, then here are 6 steps to getting there:

1. Make a list when shopping, even when you’re thrifting! Thrifting is great, but if you’re buying 10 items thinking you might have a use for them ‘later’, then you’re probably going to end up forgetting about them in your closet.

2. If you’re choosing to buy from a brand, don’t be blinded by the term ‘sustainability’ (sometimes used for branding and marketing!). Do your research, get in touch with them, and ask them questions on their operations and practices to see if they really match up. Make conscious decisions based on facts, not claims.

3. Stay true to your personal style! Create your own Outfit Formula. 3 simple criterias could be silhouette, colour, texture/fabric. If the item doesn’t meet at least 2 out of 3 of these criterias, don’t bother!

4. Care for your clothes so that they last longer – every piece of clothing comes with care labels, take time to read and understand them.

5. Don’t go overboard with de-cluttering. Although it is always good to de-clutter, don’t do it when you’re emotional. Set a time througout a year to de-clutter, and when you do, make sure you’re not just throwing your pieces away.

6. Donate knowing they’ll go to good use. Sell knowing that they’ll go to someone who really appreciates them.