Recently, I started reading Overdressed, a ranty, yet thought-provoking lecture on the “high cost of fast fashion.” The concept of “fast fashion” – low-cost, mass-produced apparel inspired by recent runway trends – is an interesting one. For me personally, I am not a fan of poorly made, low-quality garments – I don’t care whether they’re in fashion or not. (We’ve already established the perils of rocking the Payless shoe in a professional environment.) Additionally, it’s hard to ignore the ethical problems that are only promoted by fast fashion. (You know, minor issues like sweatshop labor, environmental waste, and the greed that’s only fed by excess consumption.)
Now, I can’t lie and say that I never purchase fast fashion items. But I don’t make it the basis of my wardrobe. Instead, I rely on fast fashion retailers solely for trendy items that I know will only be stylish for a season or two. They are also great resources for finding cute weekend wear. Plus, if you’re a youngster just starting out in your career (and, therefore, have NO money), places like Old Navy and Target can be absolute life savers when it comes to crafting your business wardrobe. Just be sure to save take good care of those garments so they can last until you get promoted and can upgrade to the Department stores. *lol*
What about you? What are YOUR thoughts on fast fashion?
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