Boycotting disposable fashion!
It never fails, every time I wear this dress someone assumes I made it. I have to decline and admit it's a million times worse than handmade. I bought it years ago when I'd still shop at the devil clothing store known as Forever 21. I no longer shop there. Most people don't realize the consequences of a $2.50 t-shirt or a $15 dress. Think about it. If that store is making a profit on a $2.50 t-shirt that is made overseas in an impoverished country, or domestically with undocumented workers, how fair is that labor and trade? It's generally not.
Forever 21 has a terrible history with it's labor practices, and I can't believe that people haven't heard about it. I'm not a fashion blogger, but I thought I'd have a "fashion blogger" outfit post to highlight this topic. So many style bloggers blog consistently with outfits posts wearing mostly Forever 21 clothing. It's sad that this style of blogging, notating their clothing, probably drives more business to that company!
DON'T BUY THEIR CLOTHES! Read more about why you shouldn't shop at Forever 21 here. Or simply Google Forever 21 labor lawsuits. There is so much the average shopper of theirs doesn't know and I encourage you all to do some research. Know where your clothes come from! Also, mall stores like Wet Seal and Charlotte Russe get their clothes from the same factories and those should be avoided too.
Who is to blame? Well they directly make the products, they exploit the labor, steal designs from other designers and cheapen the product. But inevitably, the demand for cheap clothing comes from the greedy consumer. More F21 mega stores continue to open because of this demand, resulting in more clothes constructed so consumer driven women have a full closet. I'm sorry, but you don't need one of every color in a shirt you like. Get one. Or don't get it because it won't be in style in a year anyways. And they aren't even made to last that long. And get your clothing from a company that makes good, well constructed clothing.
The solution: shop at stores with a history of fair labor practices. Stores like American Apparel, Target, and H&M are a good alternative. Even better-- shop at a resale shop or a thrift store. Go thrifting and you'll find something no one else will have! Etsy is an even better alternative. Putting an actual face to who made your clothing.
Sure, it is harder and more expensive to shop this way, but wouldn't you rather have fewer clothes, knowing you aren't exploiting someone. It's just clothing. It's not worth knowing that someone had to suffer so you can have a cheap t-shirt or the latest poorly constructed floral shorts.
Shoes: thrifted. Dress: Forever 21 -- years ago
Belt: vintage. Watch: thrifted
I refuse to spend my money on companies that do not value fair labor practices. I spent all of 2010 buying only handmade and secondhand clothing, nothing new! It completely changed the way I bought and wore clothes. Want to try something like this? Challenge yourself to a month at first. No new clothing for a month. You get the urge to get a new top, go through your whole wardrobe and I'm sure you'll find something that works.
What are your thoughts on Forever 21 and companies that offer disposable fashion? I'm love to hear your opinion.