WHAT IS SLOW FASHION?
A brief introduction to Slow Fashion from ‘a bit slow‘ a collaborative group exploring Slow design solutions:
“What is Slow Fashion? It is many things and can be interpreted and practiced in many ways. Based on the principles of the Slow Food Movement it is similarly an alternative to the fast, mass-produced, consumed and disposed. We see it as the sustainable future of the fashion industry…”
An introduction to Slow Fashion that explores the 5 key values of the movement:
“Rather than pigeonhole the entire movement into little sound bites we need start to explore what Slow Fashion CAN be rather than what it CAN’T — Slow Fashion opens up a world of creative possibilities in personal fashion that chasing fast trends at the mall never will..”
Article by expert, Kate Fletcher, that introduces us to Slow Fashion:
“Slow fashion is about designing, producing, consuming and living better. Slow fashion is not time-based but quality-based. Slow is not the opposite of fast – there is no dualism – but a different approach in which designers, buyers, retailers and consumers are more aware of the impacts of products on workers, communities and ecosystems…”
Kristy Powell of One Dress Protest discusses how “new clothes are inevitable” but where it comes from matters:
“Many of us these days find ourselves asking: is there a way to buy clothing more sustainably? More conscientiously? More responsibly? I think we all know that there is. However, its become exceedingly easy to excuse ourselves from the moral issues that encircle how we consume and dress ourselves today…”
A compelling comparison of the past with the present experience of fast-food and fast-fashion:
“Awareness of the environmental impact of human activities is growing. For food, it means buying more organic, local, & seasonal. For fashion, it should mean more organic, local, and less seasonal. A piece of clothing should last for decades. Like a recipe passed down from generation to generation, we should pass our clothes down to our grandchildren…”
A great article that breaks slow fashion down into sections like: how it started, key concepts, tips and more:
“Slowing down allows us to take some time to make more environmentally conscious decisions that could prevent further environmental damage. The word “slow” therefore describes a brand new perspective on everyday life: slowing down our pace and shifting the focus toward long-term sustainability rather than short-term satisfaction…”
This article emphasizes the consumer’s place in the complete product lifecycle:
“Of all the things Slow Fashion can be: handmade, fair trade, luxury, secondhand, sustainable, quality; Slow Fashion is NOT anti-fashion! The term “slow” can be confusing to novices. Slow refers to the lifecycle of the garment as well as the consumer’s lifestyle choices. Both designers/producers and consumers can practice Slow with plenty of style….”
BUILDING A SLOW FASHION WARDROBE
This article is a pictorial guide to spotting quality details while shopping for new garments. It will help educate you on the details to look for on fabric, stitching, seams, hems, trims & findings to find the most well-made clothing by comparing images of good and bad examples. Armed with the right knowledge, you will be able to spot the differences between poorly-constructed items and higher quality garments.
Rather than haphazardly filling a closet with every new ‘must-have’item, the discerning Slow Fashion shopper seeks out only that which truly fits their personality and lifestyle. This article walks you through the steps to realize your signature style so that you can begin to build a conscious, cohesive wardrobe of pieces that you truly love. Finding your signature style is the first step to building a Slow Fashion wardrobe.
HOW TO CARE FOR YOUR CLOTHES
The American Clean Living Institute offers up this great stain removal chart that will help you keep your clothing looking like new longer. This chart includes tips for treating stains from adhesives to tar; many of which utilize age-old tricks and eco-friendly ideas. Be sure to check out all of their Laundry Resources for ways to save money, energy, and time while keeping your clothes clean and looking new.
Have you ever wondered what those funny little symbols on your clothing mean? Each one are instructions for: washing, bleaching, ironing, and drycleaning. Textile Industry Affairs has made this handy guide to explain exactly what the care labels mean, because laundering your clothing properly is perhaps the most important step to keeping them looking and fitting like they should.
This stain removal chart from Martha Stewart Living provides instructions for treating some of the most common stains like: grass, coffee, wine, ink, grease, lipstick and mud. Most of the instructions utilize common household items such as: detergent, hydrogen peroxide, and lemon juice saving your money and your clothes. While you are there, check out the other great tips for Keeping Colors Bright, organizing your Laundry room (and home) and much more.
Eco-chic: The Fashion Paradox
by Sandy Black
by Sass Brown
Slow Fashion: Tailoring a Strategic Approach Towards Sustainability [COMPLETE THESIS]
Slow Fashion: Tailoring a Strategic Approach Towards Sustainability [INDUSTRY SUMMARY]
by Carlotta Cataldi, Maureen Dickson & Crystal Grover
Sustainable Fashion and Textiles: Design Journeys
by Kate Fletcher
Sustainability in Fashion and Textiles
Edited by Miguel Angel Gardetti and Ana Laura Torres
Shaping Sustainable Fashion: Changing the Way We Make and Use Clothes
Edited by Alison Gwilt and Timo Rissanen
by Elaine Lipson
Naked Fashion: The New Sustainable Fashion Revolution
by Safia Minney
Style, Naturally: The Savvy Shopping Guide to Sustainable Fashion & Beauty
by Summer Rayne Oakes
Future Fashion White Papers
Edited by Earth Pledge, Introduction by Leslie Hoffman, & Forward by Diane Von Furstenberg
To Die for: Is Fashion Wearing Out the World?
by Lucy Siegle
Slow Fashion: Alternative Fashion Concepts
by Anne Theresia Wanders
INFOGRAPHICS, QUIZZES & MORE
100 Years of Style [VIDEO]
The Cost of Making and Selling a Dress [INFOGRAPHIC]
How Green is Your Wardrobe? [QUIZ]
The Lifecycle of the T-Shirt [INFOGRAPHIC]
U.S. Textile Waste [INFOGRAPHIC]