Posted by: yumna32125774
14th Sep 2022 04:28pm
How does everyone feel about the rise of fast fashion? With rising cost of living, how does one buy anything other than fast fashion?
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I am one of those guilty of buying fast fashion but the reality is clothing and accessories made locally or sourced locally are just too expensive and I can't justify spending over $200 for just one item.I have learnt to shop my wardrobe now via You Tube which has made me fall in love with the clothes I already own.
Ideally I would prefer to buy secondhand, or fewer clothes that are good quality, over many that are three washes and they are ruined.
For me being plus size, at any given time if I am lucky, there will be one or two things that physically will fit me in an op shop. If I looked through every item of clothing (which is what I need to do to find anything), i'd be there for three hours. Then the things I find, are never anything i really likfe, AND they are priced at a very unattainable price point.
My current option is sewing my own clothes. I stopped buying clothies at a frequent rate, and I alter my things I have had for a while, or start from scratch.
In saying that, if you want to make a top for instance, you need a pattern ($5 at the cheapest), fabric 2 metres ($10-20 per metre for average quality) etc etc, so before you have invested all your time and expertise, it's already more expensive than buying fast fashion.
The rise of fast fashion really worries me.
I feel like the rising cost of living is a little bit of a cop-out, and only relevant for people at the absolute lowest end of the socio-economic spectrum.
If people stopped expecting to constantly have new clothing that keeps up with a trend, it wouldn't be nearly so much of an issue. Unfortunately, we live in a society at the moment that feeds on constant newness, and so clothes aren't made to last.
I'm on significantly less than the average Australian income, but I still manage to save up and buy a few really nice, well made, sustainable clothing items a year. Because they're so well made, they tend to last longer. Over time, I've built up a fairly sizable wardrobe of some really gorgeous pieces, it just takes patience and careful planning.
I also repair clothing that starts to get holes, and turn old pieces, that really can't be worn, into something else, in an attempt to stop the fashion wheel from spinning quite so fast!
Fast fashion is not so bad in my opinion, it allows people to wear trendy cloths with fare costs. But lets be reasonable when buying cloths and be mindfull about the bad effect textilling has on the environment
Fast food, fast cars, fast talkers...but fast fashion? ;)
I don't follow fashion, fast or slow, (no, that doesn't mean I'm getting around in flairs...LOL) I buy what's comfortable and looks good on me at a fair price, and importantly it needs to look like it'll survive a few washes. If it does those things, I'm happy. That's about it, for me and fashion.
Fast fashion has been around for years. Magazines used to be the culprits of pushing it, then television and now social media. Every change of season flimsy non lasting clothes are sold and people buy them so they feel fashionable and not left behind. The bigger problem today is globalisation and being able to get items from anywhere in the world which are made at low cost in poorer countries. If you buy and invest in classic clothing pieces you will have them for years, so maybe buy something a little pricier and be paid back with years of wear and not being part of the fast fashion issue.