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As British designer Vivienne Westwood says: Buy Less, Choose Well and Make It Last.
Before the industrial revolution happened, fashion was slow, where we had to buy cloth material, and get it stitched. Most of the weaving and preparing of clothes was done on our own.
The sewing machine made cloth making easier and cheaper, and tailors started catering to the middle class. By the 60s and the 70s, clothes became personal expressions, and by the turn of the millennium, low-cost fashion was everywhere.
A few key factors that have the stamp of fast fashion:
Recent decades are known for its fast fashion that adds to our overcrowded closets and landfills.
One eco-conscious solution is to buy thrifted items and upcycle them.
While people always want to have new looks, they are becoming aware of the impact of their choices on the environment. Vintage is back and possibly for good. The popularity of vintage is a response to fast fashion.
A recent report from the second-hand clothes sales platform TredUp expects the total resale market to double in value by 2023 (from $24bn to $51bn).
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