Updated: Jul 7, 2021
What is Slow Fashion? Slow Fashion is essentially the opposite of Fast Fashion. It advocates for manufacturing in respect to people, environment and animals.
Did you know?
It takes about 1,800 gallons of water to make one pair of jeans.
It takes about 400 gallons of water to grow enough cotton to make one t-shirt.
Americans throw away about 14 million tons of clothing per year.
This number has doubled in the last 20 years due to the rise of Fast Fashion.
84% of our clothing ends up in landfills or incinerators.
Textiles take up to 200+ years to decompose in landfills.
In NYC alone, more than 400 million pounds of clothes are wasted each year.
Feeling shocked? Let's talk Slow Fashion. Slow Fashion is part of the Slowdown Movement where people are leaning more towards shopping from resale stores or even joining the large trend of wearing Vintage clothes dating all the way back to the 1930s. Don't believe me? Some of the top searches on google this past year were "80s style", "Y2K style", "Retro style", and you guessed it, "Vintage Fashion." We have largely to thank Millennials and Gen-Z for this. Both generations are changing the fashion scene by taking over TikTok and Instagram Reels with trendy videos showing off their groovy looks and throwback merchandise. But hey we get it, wearing someones old or gently used clothes may give you the heebie jeebies and you just might not be ready to dive completely in head first. An easy way to dip your toe into the water is by hosting a clothing swap between you and your close friends. But, if you're ready to say goodbye to SHEIN and hello to recycled clothes I have just the tips for you.
Hit up your local thrift store, their prices can be lower than SHEIN and you'll even find name brand apparel you're already wearing like LuluLemon for under $4... yes you read that right.
Make a day of it, drive around your surrounding area and check out Garage Sales and Estate Sales.
Check out local Flea Market events hosted at your favorite local bars. You can drink, enjoy live music and shop casually. Leaving the hard work of sourcing quality product to the vendors.
Still not convinced? There are pros to shopping Recycled Fashion and Vintage. Have you ever gone on vacation after spending weeks of shopping for the best swimsuit, brunch fit and club outfit only to show up and see three other girls rocking the same thing?! Annoying, right? When you shop Vintage fashion you will be wearing a one of a kind piece that everyone in the room will be asking you where you bought it. Maybe the thought of that scares you and you're now thinking that you don't want to be the weird girl who showed up wearing something from 60 years ago while partying in 2021... the thing is fashion trends run off of a cycle and most of the trends come from what was popular when your parents or grandparents were your age so you are totally going to be on trend. And the upside is, Vintage fashion is made 100x better than Fast Fashion. When brands produce the amount of clothes needed to be in the Fast Fashion category they use cheap materials, quick assembly and in mass quantities with little room for efficient quality checking. Back in the good ole days clothes were made with quality materials, in factories ran by Unions, made in the USA, probably by your grandma.
If you'd like to take a stab at participating in the Slow Fashion Movement, I have put together a list of some of my favorite Vintage Resellers - I'm all about supporting Small Businesses.
Unusual Retail - @unsualretail www.unusualretail.com
Mixed Vintage - @themixedvintage www.themixedvintage.com
Good Cycle - @goodcycledallas_ 413 N. Tyler Street, Dallas, TX.
Wild Rose Vintage - @wildrose_vintage www.thewildrosevintage.com
Vintage Freak - @thevintagefreaks 1424 Brown Trail, Bedford, TX.
Honeysuckle Rose Vintage - @honeysucklerosevintage River District Fort Worth
Best Dressed Wallflower - @bestdressedwallflower www.bestdressedwallflower.com coming soon
Lasagna Vintage - @lasagnavintage www.lasagnavintage.com
FOXYMAMA - @foxymamafinds
Retro Betty Vintage - @retrobettyvintage www.retrobettyvintage.com
I can't wait to hear what you find on your new journey into Slow Fashion. Leave a comment below to share your recent finds.