Happy Monday everyone! I really want to get into the habit of posting every Monday, but it may be every other Monday at this point. We’ll see!
Although I’ve been blogging since January about ethical fashion, I’ve been doing my research and learning about for just about a year. I didn’t share anything about it for months for many reasons, but being a solid Enneagram 1 the overwhelming fear I had was that I wouldn’t do it perfectly. How could I possible say I was an ethical fashion advocate when I still had Forever21 in my closet? I couldn’t (and still can’t) afford $200 jeans and I don’t know if I’d ever feel comfortable recommending brands in that price range to other people. I bought some bras and underwear from Soma because I haven’t found an ethical brand to replace my fast fashion staple but it happened secretly online and came directly to my house so it’s my secret forever (until now)! What does it matter if I change my consumer habits? Clothing sales are a trillion dollar industry–does my dollar even matter?
Stepping into the ethical fashion world is daunting. It is, absolutely. There’s a lot of logistics to cover and blogs to read and movements to try to keep up with. But in another sense, it seems like the easiest decision in the world—almost anyone you talk to regardless of personal experience, political or religious beliefs could agree that labor trafficking is morally reprehensible. That’s my bottom line motivation with all this; fashion is secondary.
My mindset had to change before any of my shopping habits could change. It took me several months of reading and a lot of personal examination before I believed that I was really ready to jump into this. The first year I just tried as little or no fast fashion shopping as possible (I think I’ve had 5-6 fast fashion purchases since January 2018) because now I recognize that someone had to make my clothes and I don’t want to inadvertently support labor trafficking because it’s morally reprehensible. I’ve spent this whole year so far (as of April 8th) only shopping secondhand because I’d rather re-use what someone has already created and not put my dollars towards brands that exploit other human beings. I’m starting to slowly discover small ethical businesswomen that I feel comfortable supporting because I think supporting those who are doing it right is just as, if not more important, than “boycotting” fast fashion brands. I’m focusing on my mindsets that are potentially misguided and hoping to learn from others in this ethical community because I know that valuing those right in front of me also in this movement is just as important as trying to advocate for people I may likely never meet.
My thoughts have changed, and I’m sure they will again. There’s much growing that I need to do still, and I’m excited to see where I’ll be by the end of this year. Am I perfect? Obviously not–but the fantastic news is we always have the opportunity to grow and change in our mindsets and that God for that! There is more I can do and should do, I just haven’t learned it yet.
We are responsible for what we know and what we have, and to keep learning and keep expanding our knowledge, and continue to act upon what we’ve learned to be true. That’s really all we can do in this life and I’m thankful for the opportunity to do it here.
In addition to sharing interviews with different lovely ladies in the ethical community, I also want to share different brands and company spotlight pieces as well and I’m super excited that my first one is hitting the blog this Thursday? Can you guess who it might be?