Slow Fashion Season

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.

Slow Fashion Season Challenge: Gap Utility Jacket

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.

Slow Fashion Season Challenge: Vintage Camel Blazer

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.

Vintage Ralph Lauren Blazer

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.

Slow Fashion Season Challenge: Wilfred Chevalier Jacket

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!

Monk and Lou camisole

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!

Slow Fashion Season Challenge: Brass Crossover Blouse

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.

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11 Comments

  1. I just found the time to read your post dear! It’s nice to hear a reminder about what we should do!! I generally buy clothes that I keep for years and try not to through things away. I sell, donate and recycle things that I fon’t need.

  2. This is such a good thing to do! It’s a good reminder about the dangers of fast fashion – when you look at the numbers, you really realise the true cost of fast fashion. Not just how it affects the people making the garments, but also the planet! I think slow fashion is something everyone should embrace. I love the blazers you have bought – the camel one is really nice! At the moment I am going through my clothes and selling and donating the things I don’t need anymore. My sister is proving quite useful – especially for taking my unused makeup and nail polishes!

    1. Sisters are great for that! I was pretty shocked when I started to read up on the damage done by fast fashion. The facts are pretty scary!

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