Slow Fashion Season Challenge: The Last Update

Slow Fashion Season

This year’s Slow Fashion Season challenge ended on September 21st. I explained the challenge in detail here, if you’d like to read about it.

The Slow Fashion Season Challenge was created by Collaction and the basics are that, from June 21st to September 21st, participants were to buy no new clothing. Second hand shopping and swaps are allowed. The point of the challenge is to draw attention to the wasteful nature of fast fashion.

Slow Fashion Season Challenge Collaction Poutine and Prada Paper Label
*image from the Paper Label website

How I Did

So, how did I do? Pretty well. Not perfect, but pretty well. I did buy one new thing. Paper Label, one of my favourite Canadian clothing companies, had a warehouse sale and a piece I’d been eyeing for months went on sale. The deal was too good for me to resist. I bought the Karlie Sherpa Hoodie and immediately felt so much guilt about it. This illustrates the point of the challenge though – I thought this purchase through thoroughly and I have worn it pretty much every day since I bought. I will be wearing it for years to come. It’s a lounge wear piece and my lounge wear is definitely the most worn part of my wardrobe. I guess I’m trying to justify buying something that I didn’t really need and there’s no justification for that. However, it was a learning experience.

Final Thoughts

The challenge was not as difficult as I had expected and that tells me that I can live with less and be happy with purchasing the majority of my wardrobe second hand – which I fully intend to do moving forward. I will definitely participate in this challenge again and next time I will make it the whole way through. At least, I hope I will, but I will also remember that I’m not perfect and that’s ok. After all, better is what I’m trying to be. Better, not perfect.


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22 thoughts on “Slow Fashion Season Challenge: The Last Update

    1. Exactly! I feel like I learned so much about getting more out of my clothes through this challenge! Thanks for reading!

  1. I really like the idea behind this challenge! I’ve never bought a lot of clothes, but since last year I’ve been trying to be even more mindful and adopt even more of a “slow fashion” approach. I really wish there were more thrift stores where I live, because with my budget it’s really hard to avoid fast fashion stores. I usually try to go for their sustainable collections though and then wear it for years – at least it’s something!

    1. That’s great! I live in an area with limited thrifting options as well. Have you looked into online thrifting at all? Poshmark is great and there are some other websites as well were you can track down some pretty great second hand items.

      1. I’m in Europe and Poshmark doesn’t send here 🙁 We do have some other websites but I always struggle with sizing and I’m picky about which fabrics I like. So although I occasionally look on there I never end up ordering anything because I’m afraid it won’t fit or be a fabric I hate, and I’m just throwing away my money :/

  2. I think that you will appreciate that snuggly hoodie all the more for having waited to buy it.
    I keep wanting one every winter when they come into stores, because I live in loungewear too at home and I can’t type while wrapped me in the blanket. I struggle to justify it to myself though.

  3. I can definitely see the benefits of this challeneging especially highlighting the wasteful nature of fashion. While I do buy a good amount of clothes, I usually wear them until they are falling apart and then I donate them!

    That hoodie looks ridiculously comfy! Loungewear is my favorite type of clothing and I wear almost always when I’m at home.

    1. It’s great to wear your clothes that much Casey! After all, the most sustainable clothes are the ones already in your closet:)

  4. You did a great job! I remember when you first posted about the slow fashion challenge & I have been keeping it in mind! I have bought a few new clothing pieces, but most of my shopping has been at second-hand shops. They have great pieces & great pieces!

  5. I don’t buy new clothes very often so I don’t think I’d struggle with a challenge like this! But it’s a fantastic idea for those who want to be a bit more environmentally aware with their shopping habits x

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