Last week one of my favourite British designers Dame Vivienne Westwood appeared on BBC London News and told shoppers to stop buying clothes for 6 months. At first, to many who love their fashion and clothes, this might seem like complete madness but the comments made in support of a campaign to protect the environment and reduce landfill, which is being led by London Mayor Boris Johnson, highlight a dilemma that I am currently facing as a fashion blogger regarding the sustainability of my shopping habits. Dame Vivienne urges us to avoid buying clothes unless we absolutely have to, in which case we should look to invest in quality pieces that will last.
I have already stopped buying clothes since January in an attempt to help the environment with my no more wants challenge, where I have been creating outfits around SS10 trends using clothes that I already own. I have decided to extend this for at least a few more months. Although I am not sure whether I will last 6 months, when I do start buying clothes again, I will do so with more though and buying more eco fashion, second hand clothes and quality pieces that will last.
There has been much debate over the sense in Vivienne Westwoods comments and claims of hypocrisy and that we should continue to shop to help the countries economy. But I believe strongly that we should all try and live more sustainably (and there is no time like the present). I am still going to be spending my money, just not on clothes at the moment.
I think it is a great way to help promote sustainable fashion and clothing. I am even starting to notice a few benefits to not buying clothes.
- I have got more money, I am using this to join the gym and save up for some really nice pieces of quality clothing when I need them.
- I have discovered and started wearing some great clothes in my wardrobe that I had forgotton all about.
Not buying new clothes has forced me to think more carefully about what I wear, I think this is making me more creative with my outfits.
- The clothes in my wardrobe have been tried and tested and are the clothes that I love wearing. I have made many buying mistakes in the past, but the clothes I have left are hopefully the ones that look best and really suit me.
- If I get bored with my clothes I can always indulge in a bit of clothes swapping or refashioning my clothes.
So what do you think? Am I completely mad? Does the economy depend on our shopping? Could you give up buying new clothes for 6 months?
picture from http://www.vogue.co.uk/