One thing I believe we all should do more of is experiment with the clothes we already have, rather than endlessly buying into fast fashion. There’s an interview with Caryn Franklin on Who What Wear, where the esteemed professor/journalist/author/activist talks about her career and what’s in her wardrobe. Franklin discusses taking a more considered approach to the way she dresses and it really resonates:
‘For me fashion is about self-stying; it’s about taking what’s out there—like we did in the ‘80s when there was no high street, and you didn’t have value retailers… We were much more naturally sustainable and it was much more about slow fashion and supporting young designers, small labels, going to market stalls and then styling it up your own way to say your own thing.’
‘I’ve slowed my consumption right down in the last 10-15 years. I buy from samples sales, I buy a lot more vintage and second-hand. I don’t mind if I pick up something from the high street but I’m not buying it first-hand, I’m not generating that demand, I’m choosing something that now has a life and needs another home to go to.’
There’s also a great GIF of Caryn Franklin tying her signature head scarves; read the full Who What Wear feature HERE. And keep on experimenting.