Slow Style Movement
What it is and tips on how to start slow!
I find that trends move too quickly for me to keep up. And what's more is-- I've found I don't want to keep up anymore! I don't want to be trendy! I'd rather work on creating a carefully curated wardrobe of pieces I love (and also enjoy what I have knowing that it is enough!) than chase after what everyone else is telling me I need to be cool.
What is it?
The 'Slow Style Movement' is an off-shoot of the 'Slow Movement'-- a movement that eschews the modern world of instant-gratification in exchange for mindful consumerism. Originally taking it's roots in the Slow Food Movement (which began in 1986 in protest of McDonald's opening it's doors), 'Slow Style' can be defined by anything that is produced and/or consumed that focuses on the process, origin and materials while also valuing the environment and the individual.
Top 5 Tips for Starting Slow:
1. Shop Slower
Ok, not literally. Don't take hours in the store deliberating over a t-shirt! But really have a think about if you need that $5 sale item. Or if you even REALLY want it! In the frenzied, 'need-it-gotta-have-it' moment of the buy, I rarely think about where it's going to end up a few years from now-- still in my closet or decaying in a landfill. By taking a moment to slow down and be mindful about my purchase, I can reduce my waste and learn to only buy the things I will love for a lifetime.
2. Shop Sustainably
Sustainability refers to the effect the production of your clothes has on the environment. Sustainable goods generally try to minimize energy and waste by using textiles made from recycled materials or making the end-product recyclable itself. Some brands even produce their goods sans any unnatural pesticides or dyes and use recyclable packaging. Shopping sustainably not only allows you to feel good about what you're wearing but also if you end up growing tired of those bamboo-fibre cheetah print leggings you bought two seasons ago, you can at least take solace in the fact that they will decompose more quickly in the landfill!
3. Shop Ethically or Handmade
It's not all just about the products themselves though. Ethically-sourced refers to goods made with value given to the lives of the people that made them. This means zero child labor, no sweatshops and absolutely no worker abuse or slavery. Shopping handmade is also a reliable way to ensure your pieces are ethically sourced. This is personally my favorite way to adopt the 'Slow Style' movement. While I know ethical practices don't directly correlate to alleviating climate change, I feel that if workers are treated fairly they will channel their peace into how they treat the Earth-- better.
4. Shop for durable and multi-tasking pieces
We all know that from an evolutionary standpoint in order to survive, adaptability is the name of the game. The same can be applied to 'Slow Style'. When shopping, I try to look for pieces that will not only stand the test of time in terms of durability but also pieces I can wear multiple ways. For example, I love a good jumpsuit because I can pair it with sandals in the summer and a sweater and boots in the winter.
5. Learn to love the process
We are all works in progress here. So what's the rush? By slowing down and adding special pieces over time, you allow your closet to grow with you. You allow it to become something that is a reflection of you, your life and your values rather than fleeting trends. What's better than that?