Post # 1
- Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016
So this has been something very important to me for quite a while and I’d like to maybe discuss it with others. I absolutely realize the issue of fast fashion is a multi-faceted one, and that it is extremely difficult to purchase a 100% ethically produced garment, but I like to think it’s better to just do the best I can than to not try at all.
I’ve slowly been culling out my wardrobe and have actually managed to get rid of a majority of things I no longer wear for various reasons. This has left me with a fairly sparce amount of things to wear though, and I’m aiming to replace it with things I can feel good about wearing in that I am not contributing to the demand for fast fashion. Aside from specific items (such as undergarments), my aim is to focus on thrifting a lot of my new clothing, or purchasing second hand from private sellers online. I also have a tiny list of brands I also feel safe purchasing from as they treat their workers fairly.
I know it’s a slippery slope though, and for my particular taste in clothes, I feel like my options are extremely limited. Sometimes I just want to trust in people, but likewise I don’t want to be naive. For example, when purchasing from Modcloth I am focused now only in purchasing their Made in USA items…but what does that really mean? One would like to think US-made garments were made in a factory in which workers are treated fairly, but of course a simple label could just be that. A label.
I’m also on a tight budget. I know the argument goes to spend more on less items that are better quality and will last longer. And while that’s excellent in theory, that can be difficult when a single, ethically made dress can blow my budget for the next few months and I need more than one dress to wear to work. Hence, second hand it is for me.
So what are your thoughts on this? Do you try your best to avoid fast fashion? Do have some favorite shops to recommend or tips? I really think this is an important subject and I’d just like to hear what everyone thinks about it.
Post # 2
I am not super focused on fast fashion, but I do try to curb my consumer impulses in general. Not saying I’m great at it, but I try to be a “use it up, wear it out, make it do, or do without” person. And when I buy something, I try to make it that “one perfect thing” instead of the thing-that-I-found-quickly-that-sort-of-fills-the-need-but-not-quite-so-I’ll-end-up-buying-3-more-things.
Have you checked out the No Buy movement? I used to follow a few blogs of people doing the Compact (a pledge to buy nothing new). It’s pretty interesting. If you are more concerned about budget rather than time, you can find many treasures on the second hand market. Beyond thrift shops, there are lots of great consignment shops that have better quality, more curated pieces.
If you are budget conscious, I think that buying second hand can be an excellent way to loosen your ties to the fast fashion market and lower your impact.
Oh, and have you see The Story of Stuff? That really puts things in perspective!
Post # 3
It is absolutely terrible for the environment and its a terrible investment even if its cheap. They also knock off small (and big) designers endlessly because they can get things out of factory to market faster. They are also made in deplorable factories overseas. Messed up all around.
Post # 4
ETA: Ok, never mind. I totally misunderstood your post.
@sparklesalways, thanks for clarifying.
Post # 5
socalgirl1689: shes talking about Forever21, H&M etc (or atleast thats how its generally defined). Low quality garments that fall apart and end up in landfills made in terrible factoies to get you that crazy price.
Post # 6
- Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016
sparklesalways: I missed what happened, but yes, those are the types of shops I’m referring to.
Actually, the more I research the more I was surprised that Zara is always clumped in with those stores. We only have one Zara in any of our malls (what my husband and I dub the “rich people mall”) and the prices in it are WAY different than anything to be found in H&M and Forever 21, it never occurred to me that teenagers could afford their clothes. Makes me sad too since even though I’ve never shopped there (again, because they were so pricey), I’d always hoped to since they’re one of the few shops I’ve found that sells anything remotely similar to my style. Oh well, I’ll just keep searching for more alternatives.
Post # 7
Fast fashion is just all-round bad.
I’m trying to buy no new clothing the year. I’ve never bought much but I realised I’d been spending more and more time trying to find the perfect outfit online (perfect in terms of aesthetics not ethics). It’s been good to not be doing that and all I’ve bought so far is some second-hand jeans
Post # 8
Not a fan. I used to buy a lot of this stuff. I don’t anymore though. I buy quality items that I know are going to last. It’s usually more expensive, but the items usually stand the test of time and it ends up being worth it.
Post # 9
TwinkleBoss: Just curious, what about buying brands such as Forever21 from a thrift store?
I never shopped at stores like that because they never fit my body correctly. For the past 3 years I’ve been buying strictly from thrift stores like Goodwill. If you go to higher income areas, you will find good brands (J Crew, Ralph Lauren, Bebe, etc). There are also high-end specific thrift stores.
Post # 10
- Wedding: May 2016 - St. John\'s Lutheran Church
As a broke-ass twenty-something, the temptation to buy cheap crap from H&M or Forever 21 is definitely there. But honestly, even in my broke state I’ve started to understand the importance of spending a little more money for a better-quality garment that is made more ethically. Honestly, what is even the point of buying a pair of pants when they’re going to last two washes before falling apart completely?
For the most part, I buy from thrift stores. It’s cheaper and the ethical consequences are negated. Plus it often supports local charities and it’s just plain more fun. But if I really need a high-quality piece of clothing and I need something specific, I save up enough money to buy it from somewhere reputable.
Post # 11
After watching the documentary The True Cost last summer, FH and I reevaluated our clothing choices. While we would love to support 100% ethically made, organic, etc. clothes, we aren’t currently in the financial place to do so. We’ve been making an effort to purchase from manufacturers that treat their factory workers well, organic/fair trade when possible, etc. I now primarily shop from the thrift store so that I can buy quality pieces that won’t fall apart.
I’m pretty sure the president just signed something that would make it illegal for the US to purchase unethically made clothing and I’m very interested to see how this will impact fast fashion. Does anyone have more info on that?
Post # 12
I try not to buy new clothing and learn how to be content with what I have. I HATE fast fashion on principal BUT I’m also on a tight budget and when I need to purchase something new unless I can do rent the runway or buy something second hand on Ebay I’ll buy from a fast fashion website (JLUX & Posh Shop are my go-to’s if I must purchase new.)
Either borrowing/renting clothing or purchasing it pre owned on Ebay has served me fairly well. I buy all my shoes and bags on Ebay, a lot of dresses/jumpsuits as well. I end up getting designer items at a price I can afford and I like the idea that I’m reusing something instead of purchasing something new.
Post # 13
TwinkleBoss: although I hate fast fashion politically, I can’t help but buy it anyway because it’s so affordable. here are my justifications:
1. every single other thing we buy is also debatably bad for people and/or the environment: beef, non-organic veggies, furniture, electronics. if we want to get anal about where our clothes come from, then we need to take a good hard look at where every detail of everything else is made. for example: “american” cars are full of little things that are not made in the US.
2. I can afford the ethical clothing stores, but the problem is I usually can’t find anything I like. I am SO picky about fit, style, etc.
3. if I like a clothing item, I will repair it when it wears out. I donate unwanted things to goodwill instead of throwing them away. (note: anything they can’t repair goes to textile recycling facilities!)
4. my SO and I are really good about the environment in many other ways. we’re super anal about recycling / composting. ditto for water / gas/ electricity usage. we eat vegetarian at least once a week. the list goes on and on… and on. so I feel like letting myself indulge in ONE thing: cheap clothes.
Post # 14
- Wedding: Disneyland - January 2016
mrshmc1204: I know there’s a little bit of a divide on that, but my personal take is that it’s okay. It’s already at the thrift store and my money isn’t going toward the company but rather the thrift shop. I don’t tend to buy them second-hand to be honest as I find the styles and cuts a little too trendy for my tastes, but if I did find something at Goodwill from Forever 21 I absolutely loved, I wouldn’t be opposed to buying it.
emyajxo: Oh wow, I hadn’t even heard of that! I’m definitely going to look more into it since that would be a huge step in the right direction!
Post # 15
I’m not a fan of fast fashion. I prefer classic, more timeless pieces and high quality. My preference is to pay more (alot more compared to most fast fashion) and keep the item for longer.
This is just my opinion, but cheap quality looks cheap. It doesn’t hold up, the shape doesn’t hold and it feels like crap.
I also don’t spend my free time in a mall so the concept that the store has new inventory every two weeks (like H&M) doesn’t appeal to me.