Slow Fashion Season Challenge 2019
In a recent post I talked about why I’m making the change to shopping sustainably. Now I’m taking that a step further and have committed to Slow Fashion Summer, which I discovered through Renée’s blog. Mother Nature will be a bit happier and so will my poor, battered credit card. The basics of the Slow Fashion Season challenge are that from June 21st to September 21st 10,000 people will buy no new clothes. Second hand shopping, swapping, and up-cycling are all ok. The current challenge has 14,487 participants. Considering the fact that it takes 2,700 liters of water to make a single tee-shirt, this challenge has the potential to make quite a positive impact.
From the Collaction website:
The fashion industry is responsible for enormous amounts of water consumption (32 million Olympic size swimming pools per year) and CO2 emissions (8% of global greenhouse emissions – and growing fast). If 10,000 people participate, we will save the equivalent of up to 300 million liters of water and 1 million kilograms of CO2 emissions.* Also, textile dyeing is the second largest polluter of clean water globally, only after agriculture. Then there is the enormous waste creation (148 million tons by 2030) and land use (115 million hectares by 2030), and we haven’t even started on labour conditions yet…Enough numbers, time for action. Time for Slow Fashion Season!
My favourite second-hand pieces
In the spirit of the challenge I thought I’d talk you through some of my favourite second hand pieces.
This light, safari inspired jacket from The Gap has been in my wardrobe for six or seven years. I purchased it at a consignment shop in Vancouver and it’s been going strong ever since. I tend to get it out every spring and wear it through to the fall. It’s great worn casually with jeans and a tee shirt or thrown over a summer dress.
This camel blazer, which I have styled in this post, is a vintage purchase I made through Instagram last winter. I have worn it at least twice a week since it arrived and I am sure I will continue to have it on regular rotation for years to come. The great thing about a lot of vintage pieces is that they were made to last. There are no flaws with this blazer and I’m thrilled that it’s in my closet.
Ok, so I obviously like blazers! This Ralph Lauren one is another great vintage piece. I love the over-sized fit and menswear inspired vibes. It’s a bit Annie Hall. I found this gem on eBay for a a mere $20! Considering Ralph Lauren blazers can cost upwards of $400, I’d say this one was a pretty good deal. I really like this one and this one as well! This blazer is perfect over an all black outfit or dress for the office.
This is the Chevalier Jacket from Artizia (currently on sale for $125). It was given to me by a friend who didn’t like the fit and it’s quickly become a staple in my work wardrobe. I love the neutral colour, and it’s the perfect topper for a skirt and cami!
I recently had a breast reduction (full post on that coming in the next few months) and I am all about camis since I’ve not been able to wear them for about 10 years. This one was in a local consignment store for a mere $20 and it still had the original tags on!
Lastly, Brass is an ethical clothing company based in the US and I love all of their pieces. I snagged this silky blouse on eBay for about half of the retail price. It’s great for the office but also with skinny jeans and heels for a night out!
Even though the Slow Fashion Season challenge is closed for this summer, I still encourage you to participate! It’s a relatively easy way to make a positive impact.