The Economic Crisis and Sustainable Fashion

What this old thing? Via Flickr.com

Remember when it used to be a social no-no to say that you were out of work? In 2011, the trend towards joblessness is so high that it’s a rarity to meet someone who  hasn’t been affected by this  global financial crisis. HVC asks its readers, how has the inability to count on a stable income affected your closet? It’s safe to say the trend of buying (and admitting to wearing) vintage is on the rise. More red carpet beauties are boasting of the re-run status of their one-night-only outfits and consignment stores have flooded the streets of well-to-do shopping districts, and they’re keep up with business.

At this rate vintage fashion will become unaffordable for those who are looking to make a good impression in the workplace, or on the job hunt. However, there are  great organizations like Dress for Success   whose website states that their mission is to “promote the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and the career development tools to help women thrive in work and in life.” They do this by organizing suit donations in local chapters which have grown to serve 5 countries.

Another iteration of this trend is pop-up shops. These mainstays of Halloween costume shops and holiday gift-giving have begun to fill vacant prime retail storefronts that haven’t found new chains to lease their four walls before the busy September-January sales season. Many are filled Do-It-Yourself artist and independent clothing designers who would have otherwise never had exposure to such great foot-traffic. And there are success stories. Spots like Crafty Wonderland have done so well they’ve been able to keep their doors open year-round.

Now, for resources of getting rid of your old clothing. Leave it to Oprah to have an extensive US-based listing of places to drop your old clothing. But at HVC we always like to learn what ways you are participating in sustainable fashion.

Let us know how the economic crisis has effected your own shopping habits. Have you been re-visiting your closet with hopes of finding something new rather than heading out to “shop?” Or has it been more important than ever to you to spend a bit more for quality that you know will last a life time?

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2 thoughts on “The Economic Crisis and Sustainable Fashion

  1. What a great post. I love your writing, Sasha. In these lean times, I have had to “expand” my wardrobe to fit my pregnant belly and was delighted when a friend introduced me to Baby Bumps, a fashionable maternity boutique with used clothing. This type of boutique is a great idea—there are vintage styles as well as contemporary work clothes, all with some flair, and made to accomodate the baby within. Check it out at: http://babybumpsboutique.com/

  2. Thanks for checking out the site Beth Rose, glad you liked it. Congrats on your impending arrival! The expecting mother can certainly slow down the consumption cycle by purchasing gently worn clothing. Thanks for sharing this great resource with our readers. XOXO HVC

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