Reading through the Wovember site got me thinking about the beauties of all natural fibres all over again.
A concept that showed up throughout the site was developing mindfulness when it comes to what we put on. A slow wardrobe as one of the authors put it. I appreciated the idea behind it. Because clothing today seems to be inseparably attached to “fashion” in all it’s throw away glory.
Sarai Mitnick over at Colette Patterns wrote about it just the other day in her post about the search for novelty. In a never ending quest for reinvention we purchase a shocking quantity of clothing that we wear once or twice. We thought that said piece of clothing would make us feel: better, smarter, prettier, younger, skinnier, or whatever else we had just been fed by the media that we needed to be.
But, unfortunately, with cheap and trendy fashion that feeling isn’t meant to last. You need something newer to make you feel good again. And so we produce ridiculous amounts of textile waste. And we don’t feel good about our self.
This idea of the slow wardrobe has incredible potential when you really look at it. If you only purchased high quality, well made, sustainable clothing that made you look and feel fantastic, for yourself, regardless of trends or what the media has to say, then it would not simply be a fleeting feeling. You could, and would, be able to feel good about it for decades.
Like Susan Gibbs 20 year old sweater
Or Kate Davies 70 year old sweater