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.
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.
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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