Slow Fashion Season 2019: 3 months, 10,000 people, no new clothes.
I took part, and I’ll be honest: I completely missed the end! And while I had a two hiccups (including this dress, which is a designer sample and one of a kind), I’m proud of my efforts. Compared to my past shopping habits, I’ve come a long way. This is a new personal best.
Let me tell you about why I took part & what I learned about myself…
Why did I take part? The fashion industry has an enormous negative environment and social impact around the world. Did you know that it takes 2,700 liters of water to make a cotton t-shirt, and that fashion is one of the most polluting industries in the world? It produces more greenhouse gases than international shipping and aviation combined. Textile dyeing is the second largest polluter of clean water globally, only after agriculture. (Source: Pulse of the Fashion Industry 2017)
Now that it’s over, I’m going to continue for myself because…
1) Less stress: I no longer feel as though I’ve nothing to wear. I’ve become better acquainted with the items in my wardrobe, so have started to get a real sense of what works together.
2) More time: I’m no longer browsing the latest drops, freeing up time for yoga, reading, art, friends & family and, of course, myself.
3) More money: surprise, surprise. I’ve not been spending money on clothing, so I put it into this year’s holiday to Spain.
4) More creative: by limiting my options to what’s in my wardrobe and what I can purchase second hand, I’ve had to practice creative thinking to style new outfits when I wanted a fresh look, and have been really pleased with what I’ve thought up.
Will you take part in Slow Fashion Season this year? The goal is for 25,000 people to sign up!
Dress: Mary Katrantzou sample item from 2019 sample sale
Shoes: charity shop 2019
Jewellery: Berber style from local Morrocan craftsman 2014
Much love, Katie xo