When I was a super cool early high schooler, my best friend and I would go to the mall every Saturday morning and try on clothes. Luckily, our parents did not spoil us and we often did not have money to buy all the things we tried on, but we enjoyed it nonetheless. It was fun to try on all the clothes and splurge every once in a while on some random piece.
Since then, I started wearing vintage, sewing, etc., and the mall no longer holds the same appeal for me. In fact, I rarely go, and when I do it's usually for shoes, menswear for Jacob, or boba tea. This past week Jacob and I ventured there to upgrade our cell phones, and it had a strange feeling.
I suddenly felt a pressure to buy all the things. It was a weird mix of my sewist side saying, "Eeew, this clothing feels like crap and stretches too much," and my instant gratification side saying, "But you don't have to put any work into it! Just slide the card and you can have new, fun stuff!"
Since I hadn't been to the mall in a while, it was a bit of a shock, but I did recall that being one of the reasons I stopped going to the mall so frequently. There are so many advertisements and just a general feeling of "Get more now" that I don't particularly like. It's all... too fast, too cheap to me now. When I was younger I hated how quickly clothing cycled through stores because a piece would be gone before I could save up for it. The more I learn and look at fast fashion, the less I like it. There I was walking through the mall in a 1940s skirt, a me-made blouse, and 70s/80s shoes handed down to me by a friend, feeling fly and yet... the fast fashion still called like a siren!
Strangely, it still has that tiny bit of appeal of instant reward. Now I can counter that appeal with the real facts of fashion and prevent myself from buying things impulsively. I know I don't necessarily need more things to make a good wardrobe; I need the right things. I'm making/buying things I really love, as proven by the fact that you saw this same blouse in my last post, too! Despite what the typical blogging world may show... We, too, wear garments more than once, especially ones we love!
If you are a proponent of slower fashion, have you still felt this "siren's call" of fast fashion? Has your education about clothing production changed your shopping habits, or perhaps motivated your to start moving toward a different kind of wardrobe?