I also think buying some chinos or button down shirts at these places made it a lot cheaper to get business casual work clothes as I transitioned from fast food/retail to actual internships etc. I think it's really good for young people or people turning their life around to have very low barriers to entry when it comes to "looking respectable" or fitting in with the workplace as they grow, and fast fashion helped do that for me (and some of this could be addressed by loosening dress codes if you're hiring college students/young people/whatever).
Edit: yes I’m aware the article attempts to explain it and Google offers the same but I still don’t get how a fashion trend can change in a matter of days.
The headline seems needlessly provocative, really.
If class X thinks that it's OK to do Y, but I think Y is abhorrent, that might well be classist, and frankly I don't give a toss.
The real question is whether more sustainable materials are unaffordable to poor people. The answer is quite clearly no.
We should try, however, not to blame consumers for industry practices.
Consumers are not the ones breaking deals and actually profiting from child and slave labour exploitation and from garbage overproduction. They just legally shop on government licensed stores.
It should be society role as a whole to protect consumers from even being able to buy such products, through quality assurance laws and requisites. The only reason why there even are those types of products in the first place is because society as a whole is complacent about it.
Yes, you can choose to consume consciously, and that is fine for you, but make no mistake, that doesn't come close to solving the larger problem and doesn't give you any sort of moral high ground from which to look down upon those that can't or won't do the same.
It's okay to have preferences. You don't have to justify morally literally every single thing that you ever do. And you especially don't have to say that anyone against your preferences is, in some way or another, being unjust.
If you understand German, I'd watch Simplicissimus's video on this, it's quite well made in my opinion
They all "care" about classism while ignoring the human, social or ecological cost of their business model. But you can't question the latter, just call people who question all that "haters" in insidious ways.
- organic, free range chicken that cost $20 vs factory farmed birds that cost $6.
- quality furniture built to last generations vs disposable brands like IKEA
- most materials homes are made of line windows, siding, etc.
I’ve always found it odd that clothing is the 1 thing mostly pointed out and I suspect that those on top of fashion trends who pay too dollar for the latest thing are sick of seeing the masses be able to wear derivative articles so quickly.
Nothing kills fashion more quickly than as it becomes more and more accessible to lower economic cohorts.
Im much more worried about e-waste. If it costs more to run than modern hardware thats an issue for those in the used market / developing nations. E-waste becomes useless but when fashion is out of date it doesn't affect its use-fullness.
It's a total mistery to me that people even care about being called any *ist label.
>to be against fast fashion?
This is normal. Talking about overconsumption ofc, not affordable clothing.
Just buy things produced in your country, specially when you know there is decent quality control and work laws that protect workers.
And no, reselling is no excuse...
A corollary to this law states that "Any question whether a specific thing equates to one of the many -isms can be answered by the word no"
In other words stop worrying about whether those who like to label people are likely to label you for whatever reason, both because of the fact that they will label you anyway and because those labels don't mean a thing - they convey more about the labeller than about the labelled.
As to the conundrum related to "fast fashion" I'd say it is perfectly normal to consider this a wasteful practice worthy to be shunned. Wear your clothes until they either don't fit or they fall apart at the seams, then repair them and continue wearing them until they are worn. Keep them clean, keep them free from unsightly blemishes and holes/tears/fringes (the last two seem to be fashionable every now and then but they're also quite unhandy). Keep some more fancy pieces around for those occasions where these are called for, care for them in the same way and you're done.