Instead of writing a style post today, I wanted to talk about something more personal. From the beginning, my goal for this blog was to help inspire you to wear what you have in your closet or to buy essentials that will complete your wardrobe. I’ve hardly bought clothes since starting Gold Polka Dots, but I still felt pressure to keep bringing you outfits that you may not have seen before. In the midst of wanting to bring you better outfits, I started turning to those affordable stores to find fashionable items at a low cost. At face value, this may not seem like a horrible thing, but when you think deeper about who makes these clothes, the quality and fabric, you start to question materialism and the real cost of buying these clothes.
I had an epiphany this week when looking at fashion and style in greater depth. I feel like we now determine how stylish we are by the labels we wear instead of how we feel. To me, style is all about rocking what feels good to you and maybe adding accessories 😉 Some of the cutest outfits I have seen are of girls wearing jeans and a t-shirt. With that being said, I want to talk about labels and the clothing we buy in our search for ‘fast fashion.’
Fast fashion is a term used for the clothes we see at chains like H&M and Forever 21 that turn out styles quickly and cheaply while compromising quality and, even worse, perpetuating modern day slavery.
These fast fashion chains outsource manufacturing to developing nations where people are working either against their will or at unbelievably low wages. All of this exists in our quest for fast fashion.
Pretty sad, right?
As a result of all of this new found knowledge, I pledge to change my shopping habits. From now on, you will only see outfits of clothes I already own, or have bought at either secondhand stores or sustainable clothing lines. Three examples of sustainable clothing lines are American Apparel, Seamly.co and Corilynn (cutest skirts/dresses ever). Yes, they aren’t as cheap as clothes at H&M and Forever 21, but you are investing in humanity and a sustainable future without skimping on quality.
To read more about fast fashion and The 6 Things You Should Know About Your Clothes, check out this article!! I think we all owe it to ourselves to know how our clothes are made and at what cost.