Ever since I wrote that post last week about how I was changing up my style and embracing “the loose”, I’ve been thinking about slow fashion. And how one goes about chasing slow fashion credibility when one’s style is changing? I mean what do we do?
If you’re new on my blog you won’t know that I have been endeavouring to embrace slow fashion for a number of years. In some ways the slow fashion movement’s ethic of buying less, buying quality, shopping one’s closet, and trying to be a more conscious consumer is right up my street. I am all over the “30 wears” idea. Most of my wardrobe is several seasons old, and in some cases a couple of decades.
But if I am also trying to change my style, as I am, what then? Do I abandon all my slow fashion good intentions and run hog wild at the mall? Huh?
I thought I would do my June vlog on just that issue. So I contacted my friend Krista about whom I wrote a blog post a few years ago. Krista also loves clothes, regularly edits her closet, and is as obsessive about wardrobe building and organization as I am. And she has also gone through some changes which have challenged her approach to dressing.
In part of my vlog Krista and I talk about clothes, her clothes, and her changing ideas around slow fashion. And in the other part I explore a new-to-me consignment shop near me. Bella Boutique, in Nepean where I meet and chat to the two lovely owners.
This is what I wore the day I visited Bella Boutique and chatted with Melissa and Tina.
For that outing, I thought it was appropriate to wear my Max Mara linen safari jacket, circa 1997, a pair of block-heel sandals that are even older, and vintage earrings and bracelets bought over the years at the Ottawa Vintage Clothing Show. My five-year old Vince tee, and two year old Frame straight-leg jeans are veritable youngsters by comparison. I was a walking slow fashion advertisement. Ha.
But enough waffling. You can listen to me do that in the video below. Hope you enjoy it.
You know, I don’t purport to have all the answers. Nor do I have some sort of blueprint for how to be a slow fashionista and still navigate all the changes in our bodies, lifestyle, and wardrobes which confront us at certain times in our lives.
In many ways the slow fashion movement and its tenets are right up my street. I shop carefully, buy the highest quality I can afford, and tend to keep my clothes for a long time. But I also know that I fail at certain aspects of the slow fashion movement. I have not been a good ethical consumer. I have researched sustainable brands but then, when I was unable to find what I was shopping for, I looked elsewhere. Even though I love vintage, I have not really tried very hard to shop in thrift stores or consignment shops. I can do better.
For me, and for many of us whose bodies and styles are changing, moving forward as mindful consumers will be a challenge. But it’s one that I am excited to tackle. Not to be a Pollyanna, but there are few things I love more than a fashion challenge.
So, what about you my friends? Do your life changes make you want to abandon your best intentions to shop less? Do you long to run hog-wild at the mall instead?
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