Quick Note: Don’t forget to link up with the weekly Fashionably Employed Link Up if you haven’t done so already. I love seeing all the great ideas and will feature my favorite next Monday!
In recent years, I’ve been learning more about what I call Socially Conscious Shopping. In my mind, and that’s what matters because I’m making up my own definition, socially conscious shopping generally means taking a few seconds to think twice (or thrice even) about the life cycle of our clothes and who is impacted along the way. This could be applied in myriad ways and generate a plethora of questions not the least of which might include:
In our extremely lucky (and generally gluttonous, let’s be honest with ourselves) lives, the answers to these questions probably aren’t often great (if we even know the answers). I am far from a model citizen when it comes to honestly assessing and responding to the impact of my fashion habits on the world around me, but I have been stepping up my game as of late, if only in the slightest, by doing things like:
And the big finale… this week, I have collaborated with ReDress as one of their featured DIY contributors for June to highlight some of the very easy DIY projects I have completed recently, with the intention of inspiring others to jump on the “let’s think twice about how our style and shopping habits impact the world and our neighbors” bandwagon. So…
1. Peruse around their site and check out all the ideas they have on getting “redressed”
2. Follow their Instagram feed to see all the high-profile fashion icons and everyday joe schmoes (that’s me!) sharing their ideas about making the most of the clothes we have and limiting our fashion impact
3. Take a peak at this Ted Talk from the Redress CEO, Christina Dean, where she explains more about the project and what led her to follow this mission
4. If you’re really feeling ambitious, take the 2014 Get Redressed Challenge! I’m on board.
5. Get ready to hear more from me about this topic, as it’s one I truly stand behind and increasing incorporate into my style decisions (yeah, I’ve accepted #1 – 4 are way cooler than #5, but throw me a bone…)
And last but not least, as Laura pointed out below in the comments, use all these ideas to make the most of the clothes you already have (and buying secondhand) to save yourself some serious loot!
Today, in the spirit of getting “redressed,” I’m sporting a thrifted dress and receiving bonus points for snagging this secondhand shift dress from an organization with a charitable cause. Go me!
And now, go you! Think about the impact of your style, and if you’d like, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the questions above, how such considerations impact your shopping and styling habits, etc…