After the overwhelming positive response to yesterday’s post,
Where I asked my readers if I should abstain from purchasing cheap “Fast Fashion” clothing created in sweatshops,
I’ve decided to go forward and do it!
Sometimes I feel like everything being fed to us in this world is a sinister conspiracy…clothing, magazines, processed foods and foods treated with antibiotics…the list goes on…
And I’m already trying to conquer the body shaming industry, so adding something else to my list of evils, like child labor-made clothing, almost feels annoying!
(I know I know. Using the word annoying makes me sound extremely shallow. But I think this word best describes how the general population feels about facing the facts of where our clothes really come from.)
I like being able to spend $150 on an entirely new Spring wardrobe!
I like being able to buy a bathing suit at Forever 21, a half hour before I leave for the beach!
I like being able to buy knockoff sandals in 3 different colors and not ever feel obligated to wear them because they’re so cheap!
I LIKE NOT HAVING TO THINK ABOUT WHAT I’M BUYING!
Photo : Bangladesh sweatshop building collapse, where over 1,000 garment workers, mostly women, were killed making clothes for Benetton, Primark, Matalan, Mango and other major brands.
But….I just don’t have anymore excuses.
Starting today I will not be purchasing clothing from the following stores:
- American Apparel
- Abercombie & Fitch
- LL Bean
- H&M – including their Conscious collection
- Joe Fresh
- Forever 21
- Victoria’s Secret
For the next 365 days I am following the below 2 rules:
- Clothing already purchased and in my closet is OK TO WEAR.
- I will still be posting outfits on the blog with clothes I already own (with a disclaimer).
- Vintage and 2nd hand clothing is OK TO PURCHASE from reputable stores like Goodwill, Salvation Army, Etsy, and local vintage shops.
Remember…by limiting myself on my purchasing options, I am limiting myself on the income I can generate through my blog.
That’s how fashion blogs work!
I wear something, I link to it below, you click on it, you buy it, I make a percentage!
But, something has to change.
Fashion has grown too big, too powerful, and too cheap.
I hope this inspires you to take a closer look at your tags, and rethink your wardrobe as a whole.
Do you have any sweatshop brands to add to my list?
Or suggestions for stores I can shop at?
Any help is appreciated. This is very new territory for me.
And also a little intimidated.
Cheers to new adventures!