Fashion seems out of balance at the moment. It teeters from one extreme to the other. On one hand, we have fast fashion; garments that are very cheap but that have a high cost to the people making them and to the environment. Underpaid overseas labour, dangerous working environments, and even child labour are all used to create fast fashion.
It’s common knowledge that fast fashion and fashion, in general, is one of the largest polluters on the planet. Water pollution, toxic chemical use, and textile waste are all realities of the fashion industry. On average, fast fashion is worn less than 5 times and is kept for about 34 days before being discarded and forgotten about. This is neither good for people or our earth.
The other extreme is the idea of a very minimalist approach. Where you might wear one garment multiple times or have a small capsule wardrobe. This style of dressing is also known as uniform dressing. There are folks that actually wear the same thing over and over every day. Whittling your wardrobe down to the bare minimum may make it easier to get dressed in the morning but it can also be stifling and b-o-r-i-n-g. Where is the fun in that?
A happy medium?
Maybe a better solution is going back to the way it used to be when people bought quality items that lasted. We could then spend more time and energy on buying the things that light us up and bring us happiness. We may pay a little more for those core pieces but they are the canvas to our self-expression. You don’t need shopping bags full of clothes but you do need colourful and fun clothes that bring you joy. There is a happy medium, and only you can decide where that is.