5 Things I've Learnt From Quitting Fast Fashion.
After sharing some facts on why I stopped buying fast fashion cold-turkey here, just wanted to share some things I’ve already learnt after a couple months without fast fashion and rethinking the way I consume.
You get what you pay for.
Familiar with your clothes getting holes or shrinking after a couple wears or washes? Yeah, you know what I’m talking about, right? If a dress costs you $10, you know it’s not going to last season after season (outside of a couple exceptions). We’re better off investing a little more money in a piece that we really love and will last longer. I always like to think about the “cost per wear”, and I can tell you that even for a pricier item, if you’ve been wearing it for 5 years, the “CPW” will be lower than a Zara top you’ve worn twice.
Less really is more.
When you’re no longer buying fast fashion, you definitely buy less in quantity, and every purchase is a well-thought, mindful decision. I realized that most of the cheaper items I would buy were mostly fads that pretty much all went out of fashion after a couple months. Buying less but better gives me more joy and fulfills me more.
I enjoy getting dressed so much more.
Don’t get me wrong, I still have that “closet full of clothes, nothing to wear” feeling from now and then. But I’ve noticed that now, I actually just love and cherish every single piece of clothing I own, and that’s a time saver when I get dressed in the morning.
I’m finally finding what my style is.
Cutting the fast fashion clutter enabled me to focus on what I really like, and not just what’s trending on Instagram. Because every purchase I make is really thought-through, I only buy or keep what I’m 200% sure I’m going to wear a lot and that actually looks good on me. Getting rid of all the fads and trends has helped me finding my style, which is basically a lot of timeless essentials: denim, white and black t-shirts, silk shirts, all around blues, whites and blacks, which I jazz up with accessories and jewelry.
I’ve saved some money.
Buying a fast fashion item doesn’t feel like spending a lot of money each time, but when I added them up, it ended up being a substantial amount of my budget. Although I’ve stopped buying anything fast fashion, I haven’t got rid of a lot of the clothes I already owned, because the most sustainable option will always be what you already have in your closet. I’ve (re) discovered what I had in my closet, matching and mixing pieces and really playing with it while having a good time along the way. Shopping your closet is the best way to keep your budget down.