Slow fashion has enduring quality.
Over time, slow fashion looks better. Over time, slow fashion and high quality deliver. An example- an 11 year old dress.
My dress is not trendy. It is silk charmeuse that flows like silky water over my form. It is not the “one shoulder dress” that is currently on trend and buzzing about on blogs everywhere.
This blue silk dress looks better up close. This is a trait of high quality. A fast fashion dress looks better from a distance. Closer inspection is where the fast fashion trend falls apart. I am not saying that there is no place for fast fashion and that I do not wear ever wear it. I do. But I hope to emphasize the enduring quality of slow fashion over time.
- With slow fashion, you will wear something that is distinctive, and not what everyone else is wearing.
- Slow fashion helps with conserving our environment.
- High quality, even couture that is second-hand, is not as expensive as you think. In fact over time, it is less expensive.
Now lets look at my accessories. Trendy handbags are fun. There are pitfalls with fast fashion bags however. Vegan bags, are made mostly of possibly toxic materials like polyvinyl chloride, polyurethane and other chemicals that emit toxins when they are tossed and burned. They also cause problems during manufacture, as do leather bags. The incineration of these produce dioxins, and these promote cancer. Plastic based synthetics do not break down or biodegrade. They leave a toxic footprint.
Above is a photo of a vintage wool bag that was made in France. The gilding is in perfect condition despite its age. The clasp is made of hand carved sodalite that looks like raw sapphire . I bought it at a nearby market that specializes in fine antiques. Many of these dealers are 1st Dibs sellers, but buying directly from them is much less expensive. I paid about $120.00 for this bag , about the price of a vegan backpack with studs that may be trending out as I write this. It even has a strap in the bag to allow for hand carrying.
The bracelet is precious metals and semi precious stones. It is about the cost of a brand name costume necklace. This bracelet, however bears no name. Jewelry made of amethyst, citrine, and white sapphires have intrinsic and enduring value.
Still loving my eternity ring and an edwardian pearl ring that hubby bought several years ago.
Below a black and white shot of my outfit that, devoid of color, shows the details better. Yes, I flipped this!
The jeweled neckline is on point despite this dress being old. A halter style in this blue silk dress is also timeless and flattering.
Another example of a slow fashion clothing item is this skirt bought second-hand. It is by Fendi. I bought this pleated and fringed silk skirt with all tags on, and never worn. We know that pleated skirts and fringed clothing has been on trend for a few years now. This skirt is about 10 years old, and like most couture is ahead of trends.
My Fendi skirt, a timeless piece. was purchased for about the same price as a well known fashion mega chain , where a similar skirt would be made with far less detail and craftsmanship. From a fast fashion shop this would likely be made of synthetic materials
Ethical shopping tip: Buy from a store owned by an individual and not a corporation .
I hope this does not come off as a” better than thou” message. I only offer it as an example of alternative ways to shop, that may not be obvious to everyone in this world where marketing is everywhere, playing on on desire to fit in. Slow fashion is a rewarding way to shop. Over time, the enduring quality of what you buy will ensure your happiness with a purchase. It feels lousy to buy something and then dislike it soon after, or to have it fall apart shortly after purchase.
I also realize that some bloggers depend on fast fashion brands to support themselves. I certainly find no fault in that. It is okay to indulge in fast fashion, just remember that is it much like a iced donut, quick and gratifying , but ultimately empty calories. BUT WHAT IS LIFE WITHOUT DONUTS?
- Look on Ebay, Poshmark, and Etsy for second-hand couture or high quality designer clothing.
- Use search words including the names of favorite designers, couture names, “Made in Italy”, and “Made in France”. One of a kind ” can also reap some fabulous items.
- Look for good curated vintage sellers like Vintage by Suzanne. See the pearl clutch I bought from Suzanne fabulous shop here .
Learn more about Vegan leather versus animal leather here.
I KNOW THIS IS CONTROVERSIAL. THERE IS NO BLACK AND WHITE HERE, BUT THERE ARE BETTER SHADES OF GREY. I WRITE THIS WITH A DESIRE TO INFORM AND QUESTION, AND NOT TO PREACH OR JUDGE.
HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEK AHEAD DEAR READERS! Let me know you thoughts about slow fashion. You know how!