Every once and awhile I like to share a ‘slow fashion’ piece from my closet that I particularly love. Fashion, at its best and most empowered, is a form of art. It can have a creative pulse.
I went travelling recently with my partner. I found a lot of new pieces while away but there’s one that I feel particularly excited about. On our way home from New Zealand, we stopped in Venice Beach, California, where we stayed in a really trendy area close to Abbott and Kenny. This particular neighbourhood had all sorts of vintage stores, and shops featuring some local designers.
It was in one of these vintage stores that I found an incredible cotton black dress from the 1950’s. The previous owner of the dress was a sculptor and used to travel the world. She’d purchased the piece in Pakistan. When I saw it on the rack, I tried to avoid it because I knew if I tried it on, I wouldn’t be able to leave the store without it. But eventually I picked it up. Tried it on. Fell in love with the intricacies of the design and how it fell over my body. Still, to Chris’s chagrin, I hemmed and hawed at the counter for about 10 minutes before finally deciding that yes, I would make the investment.
That is the tricky thing about sustainable fashion. It can be expensive, but I think it’s worth remembering that as cliché as it is, less really is more. It’s important to me that my closet reflects my tastes, but also my values. This might mean less variety, but I'm willing to trade that for quality, creativity, and sustainability in the clothes I wear.
Although I’m generally pretty vocal about how I feel, in that moment I didn’t ask the driver to slow down. This is a story about the importance of listening to your intuition.
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