For quite some time I've been meaning to introduce something to the blog that I'm very passionate about: fair trade and the impact that 'fast fashion' has on the lives of workers in developing countries.
The bottom line is this: we shouldn't be able to buy clothes as cheaply as we do. Don't worry, I'm guilty of it too. Those $5 t-shirts at Forever 21 are hard to pass up. But the truth is that people are suffering so that we can snatch up a new blouse every other week. In order to sell clothing so cheaply, someone has to lose out. Hint: it's not the multi-million dollar companies. It's the hardworking, poverty stricken factory employees living in already underprivileged and developing countries. Mothers are forced to give up their children. Families live in deplorable conditions. All in the name of fashion.
To be honest, it's not just the injustice towards these poor people that upset me, although it does on a deep level. It's also the fact that we, in this country, are being fooled into thinking we're saving ourselves money on great pieces of clothing by shopping at these places (H&M, Forever 21, etc.). Truth be told, the fashion industry sells us pieces designed to fulfill the at-the-moment trends, pieces that go out of style before you even have a chance to wear them. And did I mention the quality of these clothes? In reality, those t-shirts aren't even worth the $5. They don't hold their shape. They pill, tear, snag and stretch. Have you ever stared at your overflowing closet and thought, "I have nothing to wear...". Well, you have fast fashion to thank.
So what can we do? I've found two things to be the solution: thrift, and buy fair trade. I'll be posting weekly fair trade fashion suggestions that I think are affordable, ethical, and timeless. And almost everything I wear is from a thrift shop! Let me be a testament to the fact that thrift shops are gold mines for unique, classic pieces to add to your wardrobe. :)