Today is Fashion Revolution Day. This is the anniversary of the Rana Plaza collapse that killed over 1100 garment workers in Bangladesh in 2013. You can read all about it and how to participate on Twitter and Instagram with the hashtags #fashrev, #FashionRevolution, #insideout, and #whomademyclothes.
Looking at labels and informing yourself is a great way to start to make a change in the world right where you are. It's not the easiest change to make. I'll be the first to admit that. Finding ethically made clothing, especially at an affordable price, especially for kids(!!!!) can be tricky and takes time. You're not always going to be able to make that quick stop off at the mall for a new shirt you might want to have for, say, tonight! You're not always going to be able to get the new trend every week and a half - that's FAST FASHION!
This week I'm doing the opposite and working on some slow fashion. That's actually a thing. Google it. My version has been to pull out the sewing machine and make the little guy a pair of pajamas. I have to say, it's been so slow that they are long sleeved and pants as May is creeping around the corner. They've been cut out for a while.
My other tactic is a huge local consignment sale. This is one of those times that blogging has its privileges. I received early access to an elusive fantasy land, one where great condition second-hand boys' clothing exists. Not only clothing abides there, but SHOES!!! Shoes, do you hear me!! If you have a young boy, I know you are shaking your head in disbelief right now. I have a picture for proof. Also, I got his entire summer wardrobe and new shoes for school next year at an average of >$5 a piece!!!
This is a great way to slow down the fashion train, keep otherwise perfectly fine clothing from going to donation centers with short rack times and ultimately becoming a trash heap in a developing country if it is unusable as ragstock. Here's a great BBC produced video on what happens to the usuable goods. Do a little research though, and you find this can be quite detrimental to other economies.
If you are local, head out to the Just Between Friends sale Saturday and Sunday. Get there as early as you can. You can find all the details at that link. I'm already planning to consign at the fall sale and help out some other boymoms in their quest for clothing that isn't breaking the bank or the backs of others.
If you want to learn more I have two great books to recommend:
While not necessarily about fashion, it does show how we are all connected.
Have you slowed down your fashion in any way? I'd love to hear what you've got!