Throughout June I set myself a challenge. I wanted to wear something different and not newly bought each day. I had a fair few items of clothing in my wardrobe and I really wanted to give it a clear out and get more wear from the clothes that I did like. At the beginning of June I filled a bag of unloved clothes and shipped them off to my local charity shop – this felt good, something I would definitely recommend and have now vowed to do more often.
After this challenge I realised that I didn’t need to buy new clothes as often as I did previously. Picking outfits out became more fun and it oddly felt as though I had less of those ‘I have nothing to wear’ days. I discovered new ways to wear old clothes and my bank balance thanked me for it.
In July I watched a program on BBC 2 called Clothes to Die For. It was a documentary about the devastating collapse of the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh last year. Over 1,000 lives were lost. Numbers on this scale are difficult to comprehend. In order to understand such a number, I applied it to a scenario in my world. There were 1,000 students at the secondary school I attended. Had this building collapsed on us, there would have been no survivors.
When watching documentaries/news I often feel helpless. However, this program along with the mini challenge I set myself prompted me to question the way I shop. Do I buy more than I need? Should I save more and spend on pieces I really love? Should I make more effort to understand the supply chain of the items I buy? The answer to these questions is yes. From this moment, I am going to make conscious decisions about where and how I shop. With organisations such as Fashion Revolution this is topical and relevant subject which will hopefully stay in the limelight until fashion doesn’t cost lives.
Love, Hannah x