I have completely changed the way that I look at fashion in the past year. I’ve saved money, made my dollar matter, and completely changed the way I think about fashion. I am revolutionary. Sounds crazy, right? In the past, I would never use that word to describe myself. But, in honor of Fashion Revolution Week, I want to finally start embracing the word. I’m out to show you how you can join the fashion revolution without every buying a single thing.
The words “fashion revolution” seem pretty loaded. It’s like an elusive thing that is there, but you aren’t really ever a part of. But you’re actually already involved. If you buy clothing, partake in the making of clothing, or even like an #OOTD on Instagram, you’re already involved.
According to the definition…
Being revolutionary means involving or causing a complete or dramatic change.
You don’t have to be the person to lead the way when it comes to sustainable fashion and the sartorial revolution. It’s about the little choices that you make every day.
When’s the last thing that you did something that was revolutionary? Not curing cancer or starting a non-profit. Just taking a part in something that is causing dramatic change. Believe it or not, it’s easier than you might think. To prove it to you, I’m giving you five ways to get involved in Fashion Revolution Week without even thinking about opening your wallet.
1. Look At Your Labels
Can you guess where your clothing is made, before you look at the label? Do you know who made your shirt? Not the brand that sold it to you, but who actually made it. As crazy as that may sound, Fair Trade Certified brands and those that genuinely care about every step of the clothing process will let you know what hands have touched the item.
I find that all brands that are will to revolutionize the fashion world have one major thing in common — transparency. If you have to search through a brand’s entire website to figure out where the clothing is actually made, it’s probably not a great brand to buy from. At the end of the day, a real person was involved in the making of your shirt. It should be a part of your buying process to make sure that the person was paid and treated fairly in the making.
2. Slow Your Scroll
Pull out your phone and look at the last five pictures that you liked on Instagram. There’s a good chance that one of them was a #OOTD photo. It’s just the world we live in now. But is that outfit really worth the like? I’m not saying that you shouldn’t give likes out like they are confetti to be sprinkled around. At the same time, it’s up to you as an individual to ask hard questions about where clothing is from. Every dollar and like you give shows what you support.
3. Google “Fashion Revolution Week”
Yes, really. Don’t just take my one opinion on the week. Get out there and gather information from all angles. There are organizations out there that are celebrating the week and honoring different brands. I want you to get involved the way that it makes sense for you. There is no right or wrong way to get involved, and I am not the only one weighing in on how to be revolutionary. From the hashtag #whomademyclothes to articles to raise awareness, the internet makes it easier than ever to get involved.
4. Branch Out On The ‘Gram
One of the most simple ways to get involved in a fashion revolution is to follow people who are already entrenched in it. There are a ton of different accounts to follow to make your timeline a little more green and meaningful. Here are a few that I love…
I absolutely love this feed. Founder of The Green Edition Laura Smith has an incredible way of sharing about sustainable fashion and is always sharing the most incredible finds. You’ll learn a lot from her page, but also it’s really pretty. It’s the best of both worlds.
Sophie devotes her entire life to sustainable fashion and feminism, so you already know that I’m a fan. She doesn’t just have a passion for it though. The writer, stylist, and lecturer helps others navigate the world of sustainable fashion. I love to see what she’s reading and what she’s writing about.
You will love Natalie Kay. She shows the world that great fashion and responsible shopping go hand in hand. You will be obsessed with every item she shares at first glance, but the story makes each item so much better. Follow her. You will not be disappointed.
5. Clean Out Your Closet
Just do it, okay? Stop holing onto that item that you’ll never wear again and are just saving because you spent tons of money on it. Get rid of the clothing that doesn’t fit your personality anymore. Stop letting clothing control your life. The more space that you have in your closet, the more sustainable clothing you can add to your collection. Trust me when I say that you will feel a whole lot better than having cheap clothing that was made in a sweatshop and will be out-of-style in a week.
It’s by no means easy to change your lifestyle, but it all starts with one step. All of these steps, which are completely free to you, will get you started. From there, the journey is up to you. Don’t let the word “revolution” fool you — you have the power to change the world.