Image credit: Chanel (right), H&M (left)
There's been quite a bit of negative press surrounding the 'fast fashion' industry lately because many of the companies don't exactly score too highly on the 'being a decent human being' scale. Most outsource the making of their clothing to countries that have little to no labor regulations and employee people who have to work in horrible situations and get paid hardly anything. Think about that the next time you throw a $10 blouse in your cart...hey, you'll feel good in your heart and your wallet ;) Another issue is the amount of waste that is created in clothing that just doesn't last. Sure it's nice to constantly rotate your wardrobe but just think of what happens to all that clothing you get rid of. The Council for Textile Recycling estimates that the average American throws away 70lbs of clothing and textiles every single year! That stat blows my mind!
Now I'm not trying to nag you or make you feel bad (well maybe a little) but I think we (me very much included) should take a hard look at what we're buying and think of those stats before deciding how necessary those cheap shoes are.
If you want some more info, this article from The Atlantic is a great read.
John Oliver also did a bit on 'fast fashion' that is worth the watch:
What do you guys think, are you all about the bargain or do you prefer to save and splurge on quality? I hope by this time next year I can land solidly in category two! This will never be an all or nothing venture for me (unless I win the lottery). My budget likely wont ever allow me to stock a full wardrobe with high fashion items, but I think filling some gaps with 'low fashion' is ok. We can't all be perfect, but if everyone tries a little harder it will make a big difference.