How To Stop Buying Things You Don’t Need

A Starter Guide to Slow Fashion

Karen Mac
Karen Mac
Aug 28, 2019 · 4 min read

We all want to be more mindful consumers.

When it comes to our clothing, we hear about issues like fast fashion, workers’ rights, and climate change, and we want to be apart of the solution — not the problem. But we’re also overwhelmed by advertising, cheap prices, and a culture that tells us that we need more “stuff” to be happy.

Enter slow fashion.

Slow fashion is a movement that honors our relationship with clothing and its production. By purchasing ethically made, versatile, and lasting clothing, we are intentional about saying no to on-demand consumerism.

Reconnect with your clothes

The slow fashion movement is about reconnecting with your clothes, rather than seeing them as items to wear once and throw away.

  • How many times have I worn it?
  • Why do I like this piece?
  • How can I use it better?

Say no to the information overload

How many times have you bought something simply because you fell prey to a sense of false urgency generated by that promotional email, social media post, or flash sale?

Set aside dedicated times for purchasing

Saying yes to slow fashion doesn’t mean that you have to stop buying things altogether. Instead, I’ve found that when I set aside dedicated times for thinking through what I actually need & finding ethical options, it ensures that the items I actually purchase are more well-loved.

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