Hey beyoutiful people! It's been a minute since my intro post. Life has been a rollercoaster since the start of 2022 with planning new ventures, navigating the highs and lows of everyday life and basically riding the waves of staying sane in these entrepreneurial streets.
It's unbelievable how we are already into the second quarter of the year and at the
start of a fundamental week in fashion, a cause near and dear to my heart. It's Fashion Revolution Week 2022 which runs from April 18th to 24th. In case you are unaware of this week in fashion, here is a brief overview.
Fashion Revolution Week came about after the 2013 collapse of the Rana Plaza
in Dhaka Bangladesh which housed five clothing factories, employing mostly women
and girls. Over 1100 people were killed and 2500 injured due to poor building construction and unethical business practices. Read more here
This years theme 'Money Fashion Power' focuses on the fashion industries' exploitation
and waste in the fast fashion supply chain, to raise more awareness of the true cost of
clothing and the effects on climate change and the environment. Fast fashion is the term used to describe cheap, low quality clothing which is turned over rapidly to meet market trends and make large profits.
Things To Consider
Shop quality not quantity. Buy clothes that lasts longer than a sno cone. Yes, trends are exciting and the temptation to have the latest drip at an attractive price is understandable but think of the long term effects before you part with your hard earned dollars to make that purchase.
Choose to repair, alter or refashion your existing clothing before adding additional pieces to your wardrobe. You may find that restyling your unworn garments rekindles a fresh love for them. This is an area of expertise for us where you can be guided accordingly. Select your service here.
Shop thrift store clothing. I love buying preloved garments because it affords me the opportunity to own a quality piece at a fraction of the cost. There are a number of thrift stores both online and physical stores where you can purchase used clothing in very good condition. This is also a good way for you to earn extra cash by selling your own pieces if you decide you no longer want them. Check out some of my faves below.
Having your clothing custom made is a great way to go if you love individuality and owning unique one-of-a-kind pieces as well as if you have any distinctive body challenges that inhibit your shopping experience. We offer this service as well.
Do some research into the brands you wear. There's an app called the 'Good On You app' which researches and rates fashion brands according their ethics and industry practices.
The Final Word
In today's capitalist society, making the best choice is not the easiest undertaking when it comes to fashion. We want to look our best and feel our best but sometimes the bank account be giving us the 'you can't be serious' side-eye. We are in this fight together, I know this all too well. I believe ultimately it is up to us to strive for change by demanding better from brands with our purchasing power. Supply and demand suggests that if we don't demand it they won't supply it. Easier said than done but it's a start and worth considering. I'm here for a greener sustainable future. Are you in?