Free Fashion Challenge

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Could you go without buying any new clothes for an entire year? No shop, no eBay, or thrift purchased garments, no underwear, socks, or even fabric to make clothes, and not accepting gifts of any new garments. No bags, shoes, belts, etc.. for one year.

Fashion addicts from around the world, are taking part in the Free Fashion Challenge, in an agreement to stop buying new clothes for one year.


"The ‘fashion addicts’ are a mix of fashion students and fashion professionals. Every fortnight they will share their experiences on this website, based on assignments. Some participants will get their own assignments, as going cold turkey on a fashion addiction is not the same for everyone"


"Over the last few decades fashion has become more and more about consumption. Fashion became fast fashion and clothes have become disposable. Generations are growing up believing that a t-shirt truly can be made for 50 cents. With the Free Fashion Challenge we want to find out what the meaning of consumption is within the definition of fashion."

I have to be honest, I don't know if I could do this! Op shops, garage sales, markets etc are all too tempting.

Could you stop purchasing any garments for one entire year? You too can join in the challenge if you want to by signing up here. Big respect you if you do!


13 comments:

Lyndel said...

Could you stop purchasing any garments for one entire year?

New garments?, yes possibly, as long as I had a good stock of undies, and leggings.
Op Shop garments? no no no no...

congratulations to those who can..

Skippingtail said...

I'm considering joining..
But I'd like to purchase a few essentials beforehand for bubs.. and a pair of good shoes for each of us as they're very important.

Liz said...

I challenged myself to do this a couple of years ago. I almost managed it, but 10 months in I had to buy something suitable to wear to my grandma-in-law's funeral. Apart from that, I found it easy.

JeTaimeVintage said...

Nope, not a chance here! Although I have been racking my brain, and other than some clothing rails (I needed studier ones than could find second hand) and a few Bunnings bits and pieces (lighting) the only new things have bought 'new' in about 2 years are 1 lcd tv, 3 pairs of tights and some foot socks. I hope that makes up for it!

Anonymous said...

New clothes, yes. But no thrift clothes?? Oh my heavens no. I love to thrift!!

Kristy Powell - One Dress Protest said...

I think I can. I certainly intend to. I began my fast from fashion and consumption on January 3rd, 2011 and I'm not consuming for a year (anything), my husband has joined me, and I'm wearing one dress every day for the year. I'm blogging about my experience.

We've both agreed that a commitment to zero consumption in incredibly liberating! There is something to knowing that you are committed to not consume when you see "cute items" or advertisements. It's as thought you've already beat them... at least for the time being. Then there is just you, what you've already own, and lots of processing to do throughout the year.

glam.spoon said...

NO WAY! During the recession of the last few years, I've been on a fashion diet. My closet has lost quite a bit of weight - giveaways, refashions, sold on ebay - and my "shopping gene" has been tempered with window shopping. Thrift shopping is like my "patch" for resisting all the shiny new items I see every day. And I could never give up fabric or materials for making things... But more power to you if you're going to try to be fashion free!

Blue Fruit said...

Oh dear, I would love to be say "yes, of course" but there is NO WAY! How about when you just go past a wonderful vintage handbag in an op shop window, or come across a colourful silk scarf that will lift an old outfit with a dash of brightness. I am very impressed at their resolve though!

Erica Louise said...

Skippingtail, Liz - I am very impressed.

Kristy - I found your blog the other week, and found your project very inspiring.. I am following your journey.

Everyone else - I am with you, and would find the challenge difficult. Not so much with buying new products, because that is something very easy to avoid with the abundance of second hand goods available, however, as Blue Fruit emphasises; being able to resist a one off vintage bag, or beautiful scarf for one whole year, or a beautiful dress for $1.. eeek!

Stephanie and Carlos said...

I honestly don't know if I could. It sounds great though... It would be the next logical step after taking an ethical/clothing pledge to only buy op shop etc items. I really like this step I am on and love finding the bargains, toys, books, craft supplies and so much more without hurting the planet at the same time... Maybe next year?!

xo Steph

PJ said...

there is no way I could. no way at all. That is all.

Becky said...

I could give up buying *new* clothes for a time, and have done so before as a former Wardrobe Refashion-ista. However, I'd find it very difficult to resist both fabric and thrift stores for that long! I'm trying to work from my stash as much as I can for now to reduce it, but sometimes you still need notions that you don't have on hand/run out of thread/etc. And if I had to give up sewing for a year, I'd go absolutely crazy.

Redressing said...

Not sure I could- I love the bargain feeling of a super thrift find! Although I have plenty of friends who are keen to try it- will send them your way!

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