I sort of mentioned this in an earlier post, but making this skirt, as simple as it was, really made me think about the quick-fix clothing industry. Having previously been one of those shoppers that visit every high street store on the way home from work, I have spent a lot of money in places like H&M and Zara. Some clothes have lasted me one season either because I fell for a quickly passing trend that I wasn't even that crazy about, or some because they fell apart or lost their shape so quickly. Others have survived in my closet for several years.
The whole thing makes a lot of sense, actually - the people want cheap clothes in order to get their quick fix, so the companies that produce them are only serving the public. I guess one can argue that they also create jobs in poor countries, although I have never thought that the argument about cheap workers becoming prostitutes without the sweat shops holds very well. But is it morally justifiable to buy cheaply manufactured clothes, in any way? Does it make it any better if I wear the piece of clothing for years rather than just one season?
Top: second hand / UFF - Skirt: self-made - Belt: second hand / UFF