The definition of slow fashion has been lost in translation. Is it about what you buy, when you buy or how often? We dismystify the term.
By Yvette E
We all heard about the push of slow fashion vs. fast fashion. The term is a little misleding because it does not refer to how your clothes are made. It is not the opposite of fast fashion; rather an actually life style choice.
Is it what you buy?
Not buying fast fashion or buying vintage are NOT requirements for slow fashion as people think.
The point, to retain what you buy for long periods of time. It is the quality of fast fashion that leads it to be disguards quickly that makes people adverse to it.
Of course, if you purchase fast fashion as a plus size person, you would retain these clothes longer.
Is it How you buy?
The connection of consumerism as adverse to slow fashion is another misconception. Buying alot of clothes does not necessary mean that you will disgard them especially if they are your personal style.
As stated before, it is more about retention, upcycling and reusing your clothes as they age overtime.
If fact having an extensive wardrobe means your clothes are in rotation less frequently and hence less prone to wear and tear.
Is it When you buy?
Seasonal shopping always said to be a problem to slow fashion but it is not about skipping making seasonal purchases. Rather it is about extending your seasonal wardrobe to other seasons.
There as been talking of wearing a swimsuit as a body suit to increase its wear past the summer.
Is it who you buy from?
Buying handmade and slow fashion seemed to be best friends as well as vintage shopping. Even designers have harped that buying from them rather then fast fashion was what defined slow fashion.
Actually, slow fashion points to the importance of quality rather than quantity. It is sure items were created better in the past then now and the designer goods have better quanity control then fast fashion.
This is how we got the idea that fast fashion is bad and other sources are good.
As long as you retain what you buy, it really does not matter who you buy.
Slow fashion is a term that refers to retaining your clothes for a longer period which entails shopping more mindfully. Try to put quality ahead of quantity, curate a wardrobe that fits your body type rather than shopping trends and upcycle ripped or torn items.