A girl and her dress | An about Slow Fashion Season

Three months without buying fast fashion, just swapping, buying preloved, vintage, repair, upcycling. That is what Slow Fashion Season challenges you to do. This year they added a new idea, you can also buy new items, as long as they are sustainable. An, the founder of FOR KEEPS, joined the challenge 2 times before. What are her insight, and did she make it?

“Last summer I joined Slow Fashion Season for the second time. The first time I didn’t have any major challenges, but this time was different. My bestie Femke was going to get married in the USA mid august, Nashville, where temperatures could get really high. I had thought it all through 😉 had planned to get a preloved dress and shoes months before. So I found an amazing silk kimono dress at No vintage phobia, (image above) Fell in love with the fabric and the pattern. The sleeves and skirt were a bit too long.

But luckily there are amazing people like Annelies, she is a designer at Per Abuijs and she can adjust your clothes to your needs, and make them even better <3. After that I even found shoes on Marktplaats. I was enjoying myself, hunting for treasures. For the rest of the visit, I thought I would just pack all of my skirts, dresses, and shorts and would be ready to fly. But I kinda forgot one small thing: we also had our own summer holiday planned, the two weeks before the wedding. Without time to do laundry. Oops. And on our holiday, it was also very hot. So I came back with just one day to find some fresh dresses and shorts.

I texted one of my friends who was not on holiday, luckily I could borrow some dresses from her. And I tried finding second-hand shorts lastminute – that didn’t go so well. Finally found a pair of shorts in a size xxl, way too big, but a good color, so I took it home. Had to take it in by hand a few inches at both sides. What a hassle. But I made it. I went all preloved packed to the states. And the wedding? See for yourself, the dress fitted like a dream, and I loved wearing an item with a story!

Me (in my blue dress) and my bestie Femke, all shining as the bride <3

Now you might ask, did I make the challenge? No. In the US I bought some vintage, but I also went shopping some new items with my bestie. Loved it so much, after a whole year, finally being able to be hanging out and shopping with her. But it means I didn’t make the challenge. At the start of this year I wanted to try again, but bigger, a whole year without new clothes. Second-hand but nothing new. And for the first 5 months I was doing great. But Covid made me rethink the plan. Seeing brands struggling I decided I wanted to support a small brand. So a few weeks ago I made a conscious exception for a set of Henk, made from leftover fabric.

End of story TBH: I suck at finishing challenges. But do I mind? No. Because what I end up with is exactly the goal for me: first repair, rewear, swap, repeat what you wear and consciously buy new sustainable made things. So I will participate in Slow Fashion Season (all year 🤗)”

thanks for reading xAn

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