Ten Shopping Pillars for Slow Fashion Folks

Ten Shopping Pillars for Slow Fashion Folks

  1. Choose quality over quantity: Invest in high-quality pieces that are built to last rather than buying cheap, disposable items that won't last long.

  1. Buy second hand: Shop for pre-loved items at thrift stores, consignment shops or online from places like eBay, Poshmark or ThredUp to reduce waste and extend the life of existing items.

  1. Support local and sustainable brands: Look for products made by small, local businesses that prioritize sustainable and ethical practices, using resources like DoneGood or Ecosia to help you find these brands.

  1. Practice mindful shopping: Practice intentional shopping by focusing on one item at a time, carefully considering whether it aligns with your values and priorities, and taking time to make an informed decision.

  1. Alterations: Having clothes altered to fit your body is a great way to keep your clothes in your closet longer. Alterations can typically be done at your local dry-cleaners and overall costs are fairly cheap.

  1. Connect with like-minded individuals: Join local or online communities that share your interests in slow fashion. By connecting with others who value sustainability and ethical practices, you can learn from their experiences and build a network of support.

  1. Embrace your influence: Whether you have a large social media following or simply influence your family and friends, leverage your platform to promote sustainable fashion and encourage others to adopt these shopping pillars. Share stories about your own journey with slow fashion, recommend your favorite sustainable brands, or organize events to bring your community together around these issues.

  1. Practice minimalism: Adopt a minimalist mindset when it comes to your wardrobe, focusing on owning a small number of versatile, high-quality pieces rather than constantly buying new clothes. Consider the 10x10 wardrobe challenge or capsule wardrobes to help you simplify your wardrobe and shop more intentionally.

  1. Ask yourself tough questions: When considering a new purchase, ask yourself questions like, “Do I really need this item?” and “Will I wear this more than 30 times?” before making a final decision. This will help you to avoid impulse buying and focus on items that truly add value to your wardrobe.

  1. Shop your own closet: Before buying new clothes, take inventory of what you already own and try to create new outfits using items you already own. You might be surprised at how many different looks you can create with the clothes you already own. Also, try repairing or upcycling your clothes to give them a new life, instead of simply discarding them. 

By incorporating these additional pillars into your shopping habits, you can focus on reducing overconsumption and making more thoughtful purchases that benefit both your closet and the planet.

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