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 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?