We have a wardrobe full of clothes. Many, many clothes. I have wondered if we could interview our clothes – what stories they’d tell! Were they designed with passion and flair? Lovingly made in gorgeous fabrics? By happy people, who love fashion and sew the buttons with finesse?
Statistically speaking, one in 6 people worldwide, are indirectly involved in the fashion industry. Some of the lowest paid and most exploited are women and children. Makes one think doesn’t it? The bargain scored 50% off doesn’t seem so enticing.
But what’s one to do? We like clothes and we love to be well dressed, so the answer is not simple.
Do we buy clothes only made in Britain? Do We wear only organic cotton and British wool? And how can We even afford ethical fashion? and is wearing vintage fur ok?
True Cost is a beautifully made, ‘hard hitting’ documentary exposing the stories behind our clothes:
According to Claudia Croft from the Sunday Times Style Supplement:
watch the trailer:
The antidote to brainless Bargain hunting: True Cost
Creating a beautiful wardrobe
# My clothes are (relatively) few, but I aim to buy the best possible quality I can afford. That means I have to slow down, understand quality, research, look at photos, create lookbooks…I am much better put together now, than when I used to buy random things from Zara and H&M every week.
# Wardrobe Maintenance should become an established routine. Proper folding, storing & anti moth sachets. Washing in low temperatures and gentle cycles, eco friendly detergents, and yes – even ironing.
# I ask questions about where my clothes come from. I rarely get a satisfactory answer but keep on asking. People Tree and M&S have a good grip on their supply chain and look into ecological impact and consequences of their decisions. We need to Support this, because we are all responsible for the health of the planet. (Post here)
# Vintage and second hand can be a good option. My view, is that these look best in small doses, (though I have on occasion seen people who can do the vintage look top to bottom and manage to look spectacular.)
# I avoid the sales, for the sake of ‘scorin’ a bargain. (Sales post here)
# no matter how much I like something, do check to see if it could in fact be used in real life, for a minimum of xx times. (Real life post here)
Are you planning to watch the True Cost movie? Any tips you’d like to share on creating a beautiful wardrobe?
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