InSustainable Fashion

What Is Slow Fashion? Here’s What It Means & Why It Matters

Think of everything you know about fast fashion. It’s convenient, easily produced, and filled with constantly changing trends. Slow fashion is pretty much the exact opposite. It’s about slowing down and being more deliberate with the process. Making every single stitch and seem matter. Not cutting corners and being appreciative of the process.

In my own words…

Slow fashion is clothing being made, well, slower. Whether handmade or created in a factory, slow fashion is done with a purpose and uphold all ethics and morals.

The obvious downfall is the word slow. You don’t just get to walk through the mall and endlessly grabs the items you want. It takes time and research to make sure you’re doing it right. Of course, there’s also price. All of the steps of the slow fashion process are legal and ethically approved, which means you’re paying more money.

Recently, I watched the Netflix documentary The True Cost. To put it simply, it talks about how fast fashion is killing people.

When you buy a shirt, you see the color, fit, and style. What you don’t see are the people making it. In The True Cost, the documentary shows working conditions of factories overseas. People — mainly women — are paid literally cents a day, so that you can have your fast fashion items.

If you don’t think that’s a big deal, I suggest watching the slow fashion documentary. It follows the Rana Plaza factory collapse in Bangladesh in 2013. The factory was so packed with people working under terrible conditions that it fell and killed more than 1,100 workers. Yes, you read that number right.

Is you trendy outfit worth the lives of others?

Slow Fashion

Slow the conscious choice to choose sustainability and purpose over convenience. It’s about thinking about how it was made and by who first, instead of just seeing a shirt and thinking about how trendy it is. The last word is the operative one.

I like to compare slow fashion to going vegan. There’s no doubt that it’s tough. You have to care about the life more than you care about the pleasure you get from eat meat. Or, in this case, care more about wearing clothing that matters rather than what everyone else is wearing.

Living a slow fashion life is by no means easier. Not everyone can do it. You have to think about things that no one wants to acknowledge, and care more about the person making the clothing than how great you’ll look in the item.

Because at the end of the day, there’s a life behind what you’re wearing. That life can either be made better because of the clothing on your back or ruined because of it. What will you choose?

xx.

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15 Comments

  • Joy The Witch

    This is so interesting, i’ve never heard of this slow fashion but i def want to read kore about it and watch that documentary on netflix! Thank you for sharing!!!

    November 13, 2017 at 8:37 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      You should! It will completely change how you se what you buy xx.

      November 13, 2017 at 2:09 pm Reply
  • infinitelyadaydreamer

    This is very accurate, thank you for sharing.. Definitely food for thought. I’m hoping to watch this documentary soon! x

    November 13, 2017 at 9:06 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      I’m glad you enjoyed it! So many people know about fast fashion, but they don’t realize that there’s a completely opposite way to do it too xx.

      November 13, 2017 at 2:09 pm Reply
      • infinitelyadaydreamer

        Very true! You often bring up a lot of topics like this and I think that’s great- keep it up! ☺

        November 13, 2017 at 11:45 pm Reply
  • sylvielois

    Very interesting article, I’m definitely going to watch that documentary soon. Thank you a lot for sharing xx

    November 13, 2017 at 9:46 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      You’re so welcome! Thank YOU for stopping by! xx.

      November 13, 2017 at 2:10 pm Reply
  • K.M. Sutton

    I love this! Every year the Met does a fashion exhibit. Last year was Manus x Machina (nope not sci-fi ;p ) Which touched on the very issue. In fact there is a quote by Georgio Armani that has stuck with me. “The difference between style and fashion is quality.” It is very true. I love buying something (even if it is more expensive) where I know the story and who created it. It makes it so much more worthwhile. <3

    November 13, 2017 at 4:44 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Exactly! It’s worth it to spend a little more to make sure everyone down the line is being treated fairly. These fast fashion trends won’t stick around forever, and it’s not worth it. I really love that quote! xx.

      November 16, 2017 at 2:48 pm Reply
  • sayeedahsparkles

    This is a really good post – definitely want to watch that documentary. I’ve thought about this!

    November 13, 2017 at 6:20 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      Thanks so much! The documentary will completely change how you see fashion xx.

      November 16, 2017 at 2:47 pm Reply
  • Brittney Ross

    This is definitely something to think about. We oftentimes (myself included) get so caught up in what’s trending and have to have it right away that we forget what goes into making these garments and what the quality of life looks like for those behind the clothes. Thanks for sharing, Kali!

    November 13, 2017 at 11:03 pm Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      No problem! It’s something that’s hard to think about, but worth it to save lives xx.

      November 16, 2017 at 2:46 pm Reply
  • lifeofangela

    This is something I’m trying to think about more and more. Fast fashion is convenient, but you don’t see the true cost of what goes on behind it. I’m definitely going to have a watch of that documentary!

    November 14, 2017 at 12:39 am Reply
    • KaliBorovic

      When you see the film, it will completely change your life! xx.

      November 16, 2017 at 2:46 pm Reply

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