Some of you may recall my last month’s 1st Friday post, at the end I threw out ideas about adding ways people could participate in the 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup. This has been on my mind for a while now: I’m sure there are many more ways to live the “slow fashion” life than just going to thrift stores.
Since that post, I participated in a month long Slow Fashion linkup on Instagram. Each day we had a “Slow Fashion” prompt that highlighted ideas that revolved around the slow fashion idea. I loved every day and with each daily prompt, I saw ways to incorporate new ideas into the 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup.
At this point, there will still be just one month long linkup. I will still open it up on the 1st Friday of the month and close on the last day. The blue button will be on every post I do for the month to make it easy to link up whenever you feel like it.
Entries are still welcome from everywhere: Instagram, blogs, Facebook, or just a photo from your computer.
My daughter Michelle, has always been my partner (she says in crime) in this slow fashion thing and we cooked up the original linkup together last year because of it.
So lets get started with new ways to link up to the Slow Fashion 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup. Its a mouthful, I know but that’s it until I come up with something better. So here are my new ideas for linking up.
The number one Slow Fashion action will always be thrifting. Thrifting is one of the best shopping adventures I know. A good eye and a little patience will pay off. The feeling of scoring a great item at a thrift, well, those of you who thrift know what I’m talking about.
Consignment shops are good to explore, brick and mortar or online shops such as Poshmark, and The RealReal. There are several other online shops as well. Quite frankly, I like a few luxury items in my life. If I can get an $800 dress in perfect condition for $50, heck yea!
Supporting Makers in Your Own Country
Purchasing garments and accessories made in your own country or even better, locally, saves on the carbon footprint. If you have read this blog for a while, you know how I love my local Kansas City designers. Made in Kansas City–or with Made in the USA–are good things.
If you live in Britain and purchase something made in Britain, or you’re Canadian and get something made in Canada, or where ever, please share here on this American blog! I love learning about regional designers.
I Made My Clothes
Are you wearing something you made? Please linkup. That definitely answers the question, “Who Made Your Clothes”.
Do you have something that was up-cycled? Re-purposing is another important slow fashion concept. Many designers are now taking older items and restyling them for resale. Those work too.
It has always been important for me to try and support women around the world to get a fair wage. There are companies and organizations I support that train women to have the opportunity to support their families. If anyone can incorporate these women’s products in your style, then this would be a great linkup to show-case their work.
Been in Your Closet For at Least Ten Years
This idea grew out of a couple of bloggers. Sue of High Heels in the Wilderness made a compelling argument for being frugal by buying a high quality garments (hers was a Max Mara jacket from ’02) and finding new ways to style them with each passing year.
Anna, of Mutton Years Style & I also talked to me about linking up with a jacket that had been in her closet for over ten years. In the end, Anna, Sue, and I think there are many ways to be frugal.
There is also a movement here in the states loosely termed Buy Me Once. Has anyone else heard of this type of movement? I believe a well-made and classic garment would be one of those “Buy Me Once”. I personally have two jacket I still enjoy wearing: an Laura Ashley jacket that I bought around ’96 and a jacket I made around ’85.
To qualify for this category, something has to have been in your closet for at least ten years and you restyle it maybe every couple years or so. Yes, this does encourage hanging on to certain things, but if you love it and wear it over the years, that is going green as far as I’m concerned.
Clothes Swapping With Friends, or in My Case, Daughters
Who says two can’t wear the same item. We do it all the time around here.
You Have Been Entrusted With Something Special
You have a precious hand knitted sweater of your grandmother or something else that has been entrusted to you for safe keeping and you wear it. I need to thank Lea for this one (see comments below). I actually did something based on this idea in May for the #slowfashionchallenge but this idea entirely escaped me while I was putting together my list.
At this moment, that is all the slow fashion ideas I can think of. If you have any suggestions, let me know. I am open to suggestions.
I link up with some great blogs every week. To see who they are go HERE.
Michael gets credit for the photos of me and does a bit of editing from time to time.
Again, thanks for stopping by. Take care……..
It’s Time for the Linkup!
Now to the 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup. For inspiration, I’m again kicking it off with a collage of the wonderful slow fashion stylists that linked up last month.
Last Months Slow Fashion Stylists from the 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup.
I am sure you are already following these creative bloggers-if you have missed some one-here is their IG names and blog titles.
Starting from the top left and going clockwise:
- Carmen Fashion With Compassion-her IG is @forthejoyofit
- Jodie of http://www.jtouchofstyle.com – her IG is @jtouchofstyle
- Ronnie of Ronnie Rambles On-her IG is @ronnierambleson
- Nicole of High Lattitude Style – her IG is @highlatitudestyle/
- Patti of Not Dead Yet Style-her IG is @notdeadyetstyle
- Emma of Style Splash-her IG is @thestylesplash
- Trina of Tipey Heelz-her IG is tipseyheelzblogger
It’s time for June’s Slow Fashion 2nd Loved 1st Friday Linkup which stays open until June 30th.
To link up, Just click the blue button below and it will take you to a new page. Copy your URL, crop your photo and that is just about it.
Visit some of the other bloggers and above all else have some fun.