definitions:

  • second hand clothes = clothes that have had a previous owner
  • slow fashion = sustainably and consciously produced fashion by companies that care about their social and environmental impact. the opposite of fast fashion.

1. the challenge starts June 1st, 2015

2. the challenge will last one year, 365 days

3. i am allowed to buy second hand and slow fashion

4. i am allowed to source directly or through online shopping

4. i am allowed to swap/exchange

5. i am allowed to continue wearing my previously bought clothes

6. i am allowed to produce my own clothing

7. i am allowed to accept second hand clothes, but...

8. i am not allowed to accept new gifts

9. underwear, socks and shoes are excluded due to hygiene factors


those rules outline the challenge i am facing for one year. to make it a bit clearer, i have created some examples:

Second Hand:

  • my best friend does not like her scarf and would like to give it to me - yep, works.
  • i stroll around the flea market and see a Zara piece. - yep, as it has been worn before, it counts as second hand.
  • a private person sells an item including the original price tag. - nope. although it has been the property of an end consumer, i assume it has not been worn and therefore does not suit the definition of second hand.

Slow Fashion:

  • handmade clothes
  • fair labour conditions
  • supporting local economies
  • little resource wastages

I hope this helps to understand what kind of clothing i am trying to avoid (e.g. mass produced new pieces).