Slow Styling VS Fast Fashion; What’s The Big Issue?

Slow Styling VS Fast Fashion; What's The Big Issue? - facial closeup in sky garden

Recently I spoke about my love for vintage fashion & if you haven’t noticed slow styling has become a big deal in the blogosphere. I’m well aware this could be just another passing fad but for me it feels like a very important issue. I am all for investing in key pieces that will last seasons over throw away items just for a passing trend.

The thing is with all this sudden hype over slow styling vs fast fashion we need to ask ourselves; what’s the big issue? 

Slow styling is defined as Slow Clothing is a philosophy. It is a way of thinking about, buying and wearing clothes to ensure they bring meaning, value and joy to every day.” (source). Where as fast fashion is more about bringing catwalk items to high street stores as fast as we can.

Of course fast fashion is a big deal because it makes money & is an important part of the economy. That’s all great I guess but it also has its downfalls. Fast fashion contributes to tonnes of waste which end up in landfills, it pollutes our ever dying atmosphere & those who tend to produce these clothes aren’t treated fairly. I’m no expert in this situation but honestly with a little bit of research or a good documentary you can learn a lot.

Don’t worry this isn’t me telling you; you’re a bad person for buying clothes or following trends. This is me telling you that fast fashion is actually something we need to look into & know more about so we can make positive changes. Slow styling sounds like an odd term but in reality it’s just a step in making a positive impact on the environment & our lives.

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I am all for slow styling because not only does it mean I’m not adding to landfills but I’m also not spending money constantly chasing the newest trends. I think it’s an important issue to educate yourself on but it’s also something that will benefit you personally. Of course I can spout information on how it’ll benefit our environment & the people fast fashion negatively impacts but we all know that sometimes we make changes based on selfish reasons too.

Don’t worry I’m not judging you on this because as much as I’d like to make a positive change for the wider good I also want to make this change for myself. Shopping isn’t for me & hasn’t been for a long time. I’m a proud outfit repeater & I love clothes that stand out. I do follow trends somewhat but I’m not the sort of person who will just buy what’s in fashion for the sake of it.

I love the concept of slow styling because it suits my current lifestyle. Yes it’ll be a big change because I do shop at high street stores & sometimes I do enjoy a good old shopping haul but I’ve also grown out of that stage of my life. Trust me I’m not going to be one of those people who can create a capsule wardrobe overnight but I’m going to make small changes that will make a difference over time.

It’s time to shop smaller, embrace my love for vintage clothes & make smarter choices with my money.

Slow Styling VS Fast Fashion; What's The Big Issue? - outfit closeup in sky garden

Jumper: Depop (Primark) | Denim dress: Zara | Belt bag: Urban outfitters

I think the blogosphere is a big contributor to this whole fast fashion movement because at the end of the day bloggers want to make money to. Affiliate links are a key part of that & well if we aren’t promoting the latest stuff how can we link to it? I’ll still be sharing outfits & links but you may see a lot more older clothes revamped with new purchases. You might even see outfits that are oldies but favourites with similar items linked.

I don’t think as bloggers we can use financial gain as an excuse to not make this change because there are ways around it. Then again each to their own. Hopefully with people like Zoe London & Vix Meldrew (creator of slow styling Insta) the blogosphere can now contribute to the growth of slow styling too.

I hope me discussing this on my blog has made you think about slow styling as an option or even just made you wanna look into it further. This is one change I’ll be making in 2019 so let me know if you’ll be joining me or pop any advice/questions in the comments below.

Shelley xx

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  1. Jess
    January 30, 2019 / 2:27 pm

    This was such an interesting post to read. I’m trying to be much more sustainable in my purchases so slow styling is something I’m definitely interested in!

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    • shelley
      January 31, 2019 / 4:19 pm

      ah I’m so happy to hear that. I really want to make this change too. thank you xx

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