Showing posts with label fashion. Show all posts
Showing posts with label fashion. Show all posts

Friday, January 22, 2016


We should be asking questions.
Simple questions.
Where does this fabric come from?
Who made these jeans I am wearing?
Is that person ok?

This might sound melodramatic to some of you out there, but fashion has always been a part of my life. The whole idea of putting together items of clothing, getting to know fabrics, becoming familiar with the art of clothing (through learning how to sew and appreciating that art)- just makes me really happy. Call it a hobby. For some, watching football while eating chips and drinking certain beverages is a hobby. For me, going through my closet and putting the pieces together to make something pretty is a hobby.

Because I have a certain fondness for clothes, I am also particularly familiar with this thing called shopping. When quality clothes are too pricey (which is 99 percent of the time), I know where to go to get pretty things without breaking the bank, and i'm sure that all of you fashion and budget conscious people out there know of these places too. Other than the sometimes wonderful sale section of my favorite clothing store (Anthropologie) (cough cough), when I need a certain clothing item, I find myself at stores that have a large variety and small price tags. Most people do. It's ok, this is a blog. Let's be honest here.

So some stores that seem great for variety and price are Forever 21 (don't sue me), H&M (who is hopefully not reading), and basically every other brand that has mannequins that change every other day and a lot of stuff in their stores. Up until two weeks ago, I thought these stores were great and convenient and actually reasonably priced!

Fast forward to today, where I am saying that I aim to never buy an item from stores like this again.

I recently got the two month free Netflix thing, and I sort of have this guilty pleasure that includes watching a ton of documentaries, so you can only imagine how crazy I was going watching documentaries. Anyway, I stumbled across this documentary called The True Cost, and seeing that it was about the fashion industry, I excitedly pushed the play button.

Warning: After watching this documentary you will never be able to step inside your "favorite" stores again without feeling some sort of sadness and guilt.

The truth is that a ten dollar shirt is not a normal shirt.
There's more that goes into clothes.
More love
More quality
More care.
And yet, here we are.
Standing in front of a clothes rack.
Where everything is on sale all the time.

 I am not the sort of person who is ok with unknowingly contributing directly to the harmful conditions of fellow humans.
Unfortunately, until seeing this documentary, I was never really aware of the reality behind the little printed made in (foreign country) tag that is so common on almost every item in major retail stores. Before I reveal these realities that penetrate almost every popular clothing store, here is some info about the fashion industry in today's age.


This is the golden rule for major fashion retail brands. We live in a society where fashion changes EVERY DAY. Some people actually attempt to keep up with these "trends". The result are major retail stores that get thousands of new clothes in every day and throw thousands of "yesterdays" clothes away every other day. This concept is almost hard to grasp because it seems so unreal, and yet, this is reality. You may be thinking "ok, so sadly these clothes are being thrown away in extremely large numbers and being put in landfills all while releasing harmful toxins into the air, but there is no direct link to any actual human beings being hurt by me buying a shirt."

The documentary follows a textile factory worker in Bangladesh who gets barely enough money to eat, but goes to work in a factory because it is her only option. In the factory, she is taking in harmful chemicals from the rapidly produced fabrics and the factory itself  is at risk of collapse. Thousands of people in a nearby factory have already died because their factory did collapse. Hundreds die taking in the harmful chemicals given off and many people in the area are born with defects and deformities as a result. These are the factories that produce goods for the stores that are across our streets and in our malls. This is the reality behind the mannequins of H&M and Forever21 and many other retail stores.

After watching the video and shedding many tears, I rushed up to my closet to face the inevitable. I read the labels. Made in Bangladesh. Made in China. Made in India.

My heart sunk.

I looked at my Anthropologie pieces for some hope. My favorite homey, quirky, great-smelling store.
Made in Indonesia.

After watching this video and pulling myself together, I realized that I actually learned a lot of things. I learned that even cotton is being produced in a harmful way and that there is a big difference between simple "cotton" and "organic cotton".  I learned that fashion is the second most polluting industry after oil. I also learned that there is a big price that people in another part of the world are paying for my pair of $8.50 slacks. I learned that as a customer, and not a consumer, I can decide where I buy my clothes and I deserve to know everything about that product. Nothing should be hidden. Thankfully, there are fair trade fashion brands out there that answer all of the simple questions shoppers should ask and provide quality clothing that pays attention to the people who make it.

In the future, I plan to make guilt-free fashion choices and wear clothes that are not made in ways that endanger another person's life. Will I step into a retail store again? Probably. Will I see the stores the same way and buy things more easily? No. Because no clothing item is worth the price of inhumanity.

"I don't want anyone wearing anything,
which is produced by our blood."
-Shima Akhter (Bangladesh Garment Factory Worker)

with the hope of sharing this information and my experiences in the most honest way possible,

all text other than Shima Akhter's quote from The True Cost was written by Angelica owner of angelicasallegories

Saturday, October 11, 2014

this thing called CLASSIC

I have always liked old things. There's a subtle history to them, a hidden mystery that appeals to me. I'm not nostalgic. I'm just someone who admires eras and decades that have left their mark in the closets of grandparents houses, waiting patiently in corners of old bookcases at school. I get that look sometimes. The turn of heads in hallways because I look like I just stepped out of some fuzzy movie and not a photoshopped neon magazine that some prefer, and that's ok with me. Take my picture with a Polaroid or better yet, one of my Brownies, they come out better anyway.
If you are a fellow vintage collector, or just plain curious, you may be wondering where I get all these old things. Here's how.

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Fashion Philosophy

Being my first official fashion post, I would first like to write about my sort of fashion philosophy.

It is true what they say. That a person can be figured out by what they wear. My first impressions of another person comes from the types of shoes they are wearing. That is honestly one of the first things I notice. Shoelaces are also very important. All of these details are very important. There is psychology put into the way someone chooses to clothe themselves. I don't care what anyone says, fashion is important. Take someone homeless for example. Now put them in a suit. Instant New York hipster. (Even though "hipster" has no real meaning or definition). The point is- the man never changed. The clothes changed him. Society now changes their views. The world sees him with a new sense of worth and belonging. But the world did not make him. The clothes made him.