Fashion Revolution Week has come on as a response to the breakdown in worldwide commerce due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Quite awhile ago I said I would write about the book Wear No Evil. Yes–I forgot to do this. It’s a guide to sustainable fashion that offers a system for choosing and using wardrobe items.
The author lists 16 criteria you can choose from and a diamond-design method for prioritizing each choice.
My prime choice is to buy clothes that require low water use to manufacture. And whose vendors don’t pollute the water with chemicals in the process of creating garments.
From the people to the products a fashion revolution is an idea whose time has come.
I recommend reading Wear No Evil. It’s the most concise, helpful, and cheerful guide to sustainable fashion. It refrains from judging the reader or belaboring the point with a academic treatise. Actionable steps are given for right now.
Alas, I regret that as a tiny person who is only 5 feet tall and a size 2 Petite I have yet to find clothes of any sustainable origin that would fit me. If anyone knows of a suitable vendor, I’d love to hear about these options.
My solution is to “shop in my own closet” for the foreseeable future. To mix-and-match items I already own to style new outfits.
Accidental Icon Lyn Slater in her Ripping Seams blog post talks about taking apart your consciousness as well as the seams in the clothes you wear.
Fashion and social justice seem like odd partners. Yet taking apart the fabric of society and getting under its seams is the first step in deconstructing the tattered clothing we’re in. That is the raiment we cloak ourselves in mentally as well as physically.
Living through the COVID-19 outbreak seems like the perfect time to do what Slater suggests: start ripping seams.
I estimate I have another two or three years before I have to buy a whole slew of clothes again. By that time perhaps more sustainable lower-cost options will arrive for a person like me who doesn’t fit into Regular sized clothing.
My goal is to at least buy fewer clothes and shop less often. To read up on the social standing of clothes vendors.
If you ask me doing whatever you can is all that matters in the moment.
Do Just One Thing. And do One More Thing after that.
This is the way to start a revolution from your closet.