I don’t usually do the whole giving things up for Lent thing.
I am not sure I see the point, other than to prove to yourself and others that you have enough willpower to withstand temptation for 40 days.
But this year, I am joining in with Labour Behind the Label’s Six Items Challenge, and going on a “Fashion Fast”.
The rules are pretty simple.
For 40 days from the 5th March until the 17th April, you can only wear the same six items of clothing.
So at the start of the challenge, you carefully select six items, and these are all you wear for the duration of the challenge.
The Rules exempt underwear, socks, shoes, workout gear, work uniforms etc, so it’s maybe not as bad as it seems at first.
And as well as accessorising, there is lots of encouragement to ‘pimp’ your chosen wardrobe as the challenge progresses, so you can change the look of a garment when you start to get fed up with it.
The 40 day length for the campaign, as well as sticking with the whole 40 days of Lent, is also significant to the fashion industry, as Fast fashion sees brands change their stock every 4-6 weeks, to keep up with the latest trends. And in order to do so, the clothing becomes cheap and ‘disposable’.
Apparently most workers in countries like Bangladesh, making clothes for you and me, get paid less than £1.50 a day. We would think nothing of spending twice that, £3, on a coffee, or a magazine, or even a cheap t-shirt that someone, somewhere has made. For us.
Labour Behind the Label aren’t advocating boycotts of big brands, but trying to get fashion to Slow Down. To get consumption to Slow Down. To abolish Fast Fashion, so that clothes are no longer seen as disposable, and that we have to pay a ‘proper’ price for them, and that in turn, this means that the people making them, are paid a proper, living wage.
Anyone fancy joining me? You can sign up here 🙂
And if you don’t think it’s quite your thing, but you want to support the work of Labour Behind the Label , I would be incredibly grateful if you would consider sponsoring me-you can find the link to my page here-if everyone who reads this blog donated just £3-the price of a cup of coffee, then I could raise over £1000, which would be truly wonderful.
And any advice on the six items I should choose would be fabulous too!
I will post some pics when I’ve decided. I’m thinking layering and multifunctional things…