1. Buy local, buy handmade, buy second-hand
In 2013, the deplorable conditions in many Bangladeshi garment factories made international headlines with the collapse of a large factory, killing over 1,000 workers. Since then, Bangladesh's national minimum wage has been doubled, but it still gives us pause to wonder what our "fast fashion" habits really cost the world... A wonderful solution is to consider buying from local shops, supporting artisanal and handmade fashion, and buying second-hand and vintage clothes.
For more information on what it takes to produce something handmade, read the article we did for The Lingerie Addict, The Real Value of Handmade Lingerie (and Part II!).
2. For every new purchase, let an old one go
Along with our bad habit of "fast fashion," it's time we fight our urges for conspicuous consumption, too! It's easy to keep acquiring more more more, but now's a great time to stop and think about what we actually wear. So that sweater you haven't worn in two winters, or that second pair of Wellies that never make it out of the apartment? Time to say goodbye!
This year, for every new purchase, try letting an old one go by giving it away or donating it to a local charity. Surely there is someone that could use that winter coat or even that gently-used bra.
3. Invest in timeless classics, and forget about
the seasonal trends
We've heard the same advice over and over again, but when it comes down to it, sometimes we still buy those ridiculous trendy pieces... From neon sunglasses to heel-less heels to parachute pants, is this really how we want to be remembered in 25 years? This year, let's try to invest in classic styles that are flattering, comfortable, and make us feel confident - and let's try to not worry so much about fitting in!
Take a hint from Chanel and ditch the fads for something more timeless:
"Fashion fades, only style remains the same."
4. Dress well inside and out!It's all too easy to get caught up in a shopping frenzy of glamorous cocktail dresses and everyday slacks... But how often do we stop to consider our undergarments? Sure, it's only a small amount of fabric, but shouldn't we invest in something high-quality that we actually would want to touch our skin? Especially for bras and panties, which most women wear every single day, let's re-evaluate where our priorities lie and invest in some really solid intimates.
I hope you've enjoyed our list of fashion resolutions... What would you add to the list?
Wishing you silk, lace, and all things lovely for 2014! Cheers!