Do you have a love/hate relationship with clothes? I do.
I want them to be comfy and functional. I don’t want to be vain or treat them as idols, but I do want them to be classy, also. At age 33, I thought I had my wardrobe figured out.
Enter fair trade.
After diving into the world of slow fashion, I now have a few problems.
- HABITS. Do you know how hard it is to change a spending habit? I used to buy clothes several times a month, generally because of a sale or free shipping at an already inexpensive bargain store. I still get a few of those emails, and I still carry around an MVC card. I’m like a pregnant woman who knows smoking is bad for my child, but I still feign that cigarette. Each day the temptation to order a fun new top wanes away. But man is it hard.
- SHOPPING. I have a wedding to attend in 3 weeks, and I desperately want a new dress. But fair trade clothes aren’t in my local Walmart or Cato. Living in the country is great but not when I have to try to find ethical clothing. But here is the kicker. Even if I trek into the city, the shopping malls aren’t filled with fair trade options. Until more of us start demanding to know who made our clothes, our options are limited to ordering online.
- MONEY. Let’s face it. Sometimes ethical clothing can be expensive, especially if you are like me and are used to shopping at bargain stores. I am slowly replacing my wardrobe one piece at a time. But I also have three toddlers. We ruin clothes daily. I have a harder time putting on my fast fashion attire from years past, but Mr. Hyde comes out when my favorite Elegantees shirt gets a stain.
Ethical fashion does have some disadvantages. But these 3 reasons to dislike slow fashion are nothing compared to the tons of reasons to love it.
Anytime we can give dignity to those around us through the purchase of a cute top, it is a good buy.
Do you have struggles with slow fashion?