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Fast Fashion: Bad for your Closet and your Wallet

Posted by Closet Butler on Jan 5, 2017 12:21:35 PM

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The Fashion Struggle is Real

With the recent rise of Fast Fashion, we've become more and more accustomed to buying "trendy" clothing for cheap and feel less remorse about tossing it after a few months. After all, it's out of style and of poor quality anyway. People become unhappy with their current wardrobe and end up not wearing the majority of what's in their closet. So what is this phenomenon of Fast Fashion?

What is Fast Fashion?

Fast Fashion is the process of minimizing the time an article of clothing is seen on the runway to getting mass-produced and available in retail stores.

 

Fast fashion is addicting. Who doesn't want to wear the latest trend? But in many ways it's hurting consumers and polluting the world.

This amazing infographic by Alexandria Heinz brilliantly illustrates the shockingly high human cost of fast fashion:
 Infographic from Visually

 

How Fast Fashion Affects the Environment

Fashion is the second most polluting industry in the world, behind only oil. The biggest issue with Fast Fashion is that it's easy come, easy go. We're buying trendy clothes that go out of style quickly and eventually get tossed and end up in landfills.

 

Not only are we throwing away a majority of our clothes, we're polluting our land and water with the production of the synthetic fabrics.

 

For more on the environmental impact of fast fashion check out:

 

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Fast Fashion: Bad for your closet and wallet

If there's any article of clothing in your closet that still has a price tag on it, you've lost money. You bought something you didn't need. If you haven't worn it, then did you really even want it?  If there's another item in your closet you haven't worn for 6+ months, there's a good chance you've wasted your money on that too.  💸💸💸

 

MORE CLOTHING = MORE PROBLEMS

 

Your laundry pile gets bigger and bigger and you can go longer without doing it.  You can't find the clothing you truly want to wear and have lost track of if it's even clean or dirty. At that point, laundry becomes more than just a chore, it becomes a project that you need to dedicate time and attention to. No one wants a hassle like that.

Having less helps you stay organized

The less time you spend on your wardrobe maintenance, the better --- whether it be laundry, organization or the search for your favorite shirt.

 

CLUELESS - WHERE'S MY SHIRT?Photo Credit: Forever Twenty Somethings

 

Evaluate your current wardrobe and figure out what you want to keep, toss, and donate.  The KonMari method revolutionized home organization since Marie Kondo published her book titled "The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up." 

There's a growing movement of minimalists and consumers who place tremendous value on what they wear and where it comes from. Everyone wants to enjoy what they have --- and Marie Kondo helps guide that process. If you haven't read her book yet, we highly recommend you do!

What can you do?

Try not to buy things that you don't need. Second guess every piece of clothing you want to buy.  If you plan on wearing it in the next few days/weeks, it fits you perfectly and is flattering, then go ahead and buy it.  If it doesn't do any of those for you, then you should pass on it.

 

Consider making a few changes this year and work towards a better, higher quality wardrobe. It'll be worth it in the long run.


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Topics: Organization & Efficiency, Materials