Because we can't download clothing, you decide to go shopping at your favorite stores like Forever 21, H&M, Express, and American Eagle. The clothes are cute and so cheap that the shopping trip won't empty your bank account. Unknowingly though, you are a part of an epidemic. Fast fashion is sneaking past Americans every single day. Whether it is at the mall or online, quantity is overwhelming quality in the fashion industry. Trends come and go as well as your clothes.
Workers assembling these cute clothes make only a fraction of a typical minimum wage job in America…minimal!
Macklemore sang about it and Elizabeth L. Cline wrote about it. Cline’s novel “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion” examines the realities of the fast fashion industry. She personally traveled across the country to many factories and companies as well as scrutinizing her own wardrobe. She is a great role model in this movement and if you want to join the revolution, here are some tips:
1. THAT’S SEW COOL
Cline mentions one of the most underrated activities in the 21st century…sewing.
Learning to sew is beneficial to everyone and can save a lot more money than you’re already spending. Contact your local fabric store for lessons and start recreating one-of-a-kind garments.
2. IS THAT YOUR GRANDMAS COAT?
They say someone’s trash is another person’s treasure right? These treasures can be found at thrift and consignment stores where you can find designer goods that meet your budget. Nothing is better than owning a genuine vintage Chanel bag that you bought for $30.
3. RECYCLE. REUSE. REFASHION.
Saving money is not the only advantage to thrifting. Try creating new garments from old ones. You can buy a pair of pants with funky prints and turn them into a trendy infinity scarf, simple!
If you can save up for a new iPhone, you can save up for a quality garment.
It is okay to splurge here and there but make sure you do it right. Start saving up and maybe you can buy yourself an iconic trench coat. Burberry anyone?
5. SLOW FASHION.
Those bi-weekly shopping trips need to come to a halt! It may be therapeutic, but just think of what you can save up for. Your Instagram followers will be #jealous and your closet will be able to breathe.
Be aware of what’s happening in today’s fashion industry and use these tips to your advantage. When someone asks where you got your scarf, take a picture of their face when you say, “I made it.”