Often the culture that we live in supports the idea that we get our comfort from an abundance of stuff. But I think we all know that this is far from the truth. The simple we make our life, the abundant is becoming.
When it comes to clothes, I don’t know about you but I feel that there are so many things I can improve. Taking a step back and reevaluating what really matters to you when you decide to buy clothes, will make you more aware of your own habits of fashion consumption.
Growing up I’ve always heard my mom saying ¨we are too poor to buy cheap things¨. Now I’m coming back to those wise words. Instead of buying loads of cheap clothes, as I used to and then throwing them away, is better to invest in fewer high-quality items with a good design that fits our true style. Try to choose clothes that are useful, special and long-lasting. Embracing the mindset of ¨less is more¨ is not so difficult when you think about the benefits that you can get from it. But let’s dig a bit dipper.
• First of all, you don’t have to replace so often your clothes, which means less shopping, less overwhelmed, less stressed, more deliberate and less money thrown away every time you go to a fast fashion brand. Quality clothes last longer and look better after multiple washes.
• It’s more sustainable. Fashion is one of the largest damaging industries to the planet. If we don’t try to reduce our environmental impact on the planet, the next generations will suffer(for those who decided to have children, I’m talking about their future).
• It feels better. There is such a great experience wearing an item made of very good material and the way it fits you and how it is sewed. By choosing natural fabrics not only will you feel good, but you’ll care for them more and you’ll establish a long-term relationship with your apparel. A decade ago half of the materials used in fashion were natural and now it’s two-thirds synthetic, one-third natural. Have a look at the statistics that Jane Milburn, the author of the book Slow Fashion, shares in a TedTalk (check it here).
Don’t forget that by choosing items of good quality you prove yourself that you care about your body and yourself.
• You encourage good manufactures to keep doing and improving their craft and you support companies that care about fair trade practices.
But don’t expect this change to be immediate, everything has to have its natural course. Start by reading and watching talks on the topic, tips on how to change your habits, go to events that gather passionate people about the topic. Search for your own reasons and don’t forget that your contribution to a change in fashion consumption is so important. Here I’m wearing a black t-shirt from Patagonia, and Stussy belt and pants. Lately, I’ve been buying more and more classic, quality and timeless clothes. By doing this, I am living by this two philosophies:¨buying well, having less¨ and ¨quality over quantity¨.
Credit for the pics to PABLO GIRALDO.