This whole thing started when I realized I was shopping to make myself feel better.
It's crazy to look back on it, because, like most things in my life, I had no idea what I was getting myself into. At the time, I was living on my own, and not in school or working a full-time job for the first time in several years, and I would spend long stretches of time alone in my apartment, becoming aware of some of my most bizarre habits. It wasn't long before I noticed that when I felt lonely or sad or bored, I'd find myself surfing Madewell's sale section on my phone or browsing Forever 21 online. (Shout out to my budget, hey girl.)
Around this time, I'd also been thinking about an article I read about "fast fashion," and how compulsive buying is actually linked to the pace in which we live our lives. In particular, I kept coming back to one line in that article:
A “slow fashion” movement has emerged which emphasizes buying less clothing and sticking to garments made using sustainable, ethical practices.