How to slow fashion

How to slow fashion

We live in a funny old world. Jeans can cost less than a sandwich. There are now 52 micro-seasons of fashion, rather than the previous two major seasons with resort in between. A dress can appear on a starry Instagram feed one day and a copy in high street fashion stores a week later. It’s all so fast. Fast. Fast.

When things gain lightning speed, perspective can reduce to a pinpoint. I recognised this in myself. It’s part of the reason I have committed to my no-buy year and why I’m still on track. Read more

New Trends. Old Clothes.

It’s getting cooler. You know, dipping below 20 degrees occasionally. The stores are full of new season goodies – boots, coats, long dresses, scarves and the promise of cozy, wintery times.

A new season is always exciting when you love fashion. What will the new trends be? What kind of lovely new things will people be wearing?

I am keen to be in fashion while being out of the buying loop. So I have a little problem – how can I adopt new season trends while not buying anything new?

Is that even possible? Read more

How not to get bored of your clothes

how not to be bored with your clothes

I was talking shopping with the girl who was shaping my brows. We were chatting casually, as you do, in that artificial, intimate bubble. I told her about my year long no new clothes commitment. She thought I was slightly (admirably) nuts.

I need new clothes,” she said immediately and then she paused “well, maybe I don’t but I’m bored with what I have.

Ah, there is the crux of it really. One of the big issues with the no clothes commitment. Once the virtue of it all subsides, it is kind of boring.  Read more

Boys Clothes Take-Over

photo courtesy of I LoVe Kool

I wonder if all mums of boys ask the same thing — where are all the cool clothes for little boys? When I visit a department store to shop for my little guys, I’m inevitably disappointed. I circle around a few times trying to find the boys section. Eventually I land at two racks. With girls’ clothes crowding either side. One rack is full of licensed product and cartoon characters. The other is a sparse collection of t-shirts, jumpers, track-pants and jeans in an odd assortment of sizes (and never the sizes I need).

Fellow mothers of boys, we have been heard. Creative types have seen our need and they are ready to fill the gaps in our son’s wardrobes. Read more

How to tell good quality clothing

How to good clothing

I am committing to a less is more approach to my wardrobe. So far so good and my no- buy-2017 is going strong. When I do, eventually, introduce new things, they are going to  exceptionally good quality clothing. I may have to spend a little more, but I think it’s important.The clothes in my wardrobe should last years and years. I have no interest in being part of the fast fashion cycle any more.

But how can you tell if a garment is going to improve through wears and washes or whether it’s going to lose all it’s shape and loveliness? Read more