Wow how time flies! I cut fast fashion out of my life cold turkey in February 2017. Literally the best decision I could have ever made for myself. Last year around this time I wrote a reflection post about shopping ethically for one year! While one more year has passed which means another reflection. My perspective about ethical and sustainable fashion has changed even more as I dive further into exploring the industry and brands.
In 2017 I had a Google Sheet where I was able to track everything I purchased. I didn’t do this in 2018 because, well, I don’t have the time and honestly it feels a little extreme. However, it wasn’t really necessary this year because I didn’t buy as many things #slowfashion (I’ll get to this later but, this is the new 2019 mantra.) If you are going to track what you buy it is a great way to see how much you are spending on clothes in a year!
Current state of my closet as I write this sentence at 2am, is 60 items (tops, pants, jeans, leggings and coats) hanging in my closet. I just finished the Encircled #WearYourCloset Challenge so I was able to refine my wardrobe even more!
I’m happy to say that 90% of my closet is ethical and/or sustainable. What does this mean exactly. Well any new items added to the closet were either purchased from an ethical clothing brand, such as some of my favourites, Encircled, Free Label and Hutchison or were thrifted from thrift stores or vintage resellers such as The Edit. Thrifting is a very sustainable thing to do because you aren’t creating more waste for the environment you are reusing something already produced! The other 10% of my closet is fast fashion items purchased before starting this journey. One important thing to remember is that just because something is fast fashion in your closet doesn’t mean you have to toss it! If you thoroughly enjoy wearing an item and wear it every week! Keep it and love it! (just don’t add any more fast too the closet.)
Doing all of that in 2018 was freaking fantastic but, I want to go further into having a kind closet. Goal for 2019 is to wear what I own and figure out what is missing. As life changes so does your personal style and wardrobe needs. Big changes for me include finishing school and starting my own business! By bye jeans, t-shirts and sweater, hello dress pants and blouses! Not really, I work for myself so I can keep things pretty casual and chill but, I really want to have one or two outfits for meetings! #dresstoimpress I just need to figure out what my professional/business casual style is and shop strategically for it! Maybe there are pieces in my closet that I already have that can work and just need different styling? 2019 will be my year to discover all of this!
Two Years of Purchasing Ethical Fashion | Honest Reflection Conclusion:
Starting an ethical fashion journey was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! It’s help me make other life choices that better the planet and people! Sustainable, low waste living, yoga and more wellness practices and helping me choose a niche for my business (I only help conscious and mindful brands and that includes fashion!)
Have you changed your shopping habits this year? Do you now shop for ethical fashion exclusively? Let us know in the comments below! We would love to start a conversation with you!
Peace and Love,