Sunday, August 27, 2017

FABRIC MATTERS

FABRIC - Your number one priority

After my last post about my addiction to the colour red and my new dress, I decided to follow up with a crucial part of my closet. Recently I talked about a minimalistic closet, covering the reasons and ways to achieve a perfect wardrobe.

Today, following that post I am going to talk about a major part of the minimalistic closet or even an ideal closet that you should strive for.


Fabric, fabric, fabric - why is it so important to have good fabric in your closet?

Ever since I was a child, my mother always insisted on good quality fabric. As a child, I never understood why I couldn’t have the t-shirt that I wanted and why fabric played such a major role in our lives. I remember arguing with my mother and insisting that I didn’t care about the fabric and that she was just bringing that argument to annoy me.



Today, I understand why my mother was so strict and believe that she is the reason I pay careful attention to it and this is why:

1.          Your health is your priority!

It is commonly known, that a lot of fabrics are treated chemically and therefore can negatively affect your health as well as the health of the planet. Many scientific studies show, that toxic fibres can lead to diseases such as cancer, hormonal dysfunction and much more.

Why is that, you might wonder?

Many fibres go through a toxic process, which includes bleaching for example. Would you pour bleach and other chemicals on your body? So why are you still wearing them?



2.          Quality and longevity

If you desire to build a durable, practical and some sort of minimalistic closet, filled with pieces that are of high quality (you should most definitely read my recent post, in which I talk about a minimalistic way of living and also), you should invest in the quality of your clothes.

A good, natural fabric will last you way longer than a synthetic one. The fabric will remain the same no matter if you washed it once or 560 times. A synthetic fabric, on the other hand, will shortly tear apart or just lose its colour, shape and its initial look.  Furthermore, cheap synthetic fabrics look cheap - sorry to break it to you, but that’s the truth.

Yes, I understand. Natural fibres can be more expensive and it is harder to find them, but honestly, you are wearing them on your body (of which you only have one) and if you want to look nice, invest in something nice, makes sense right?
This argument brings me back to my post about the minimalistic closet - Less is more. In the end, you are the one to decide, but personally, I rather have items that will last me a lifetime and look nice AND don’t cause my body any harm than risk my health.

Finally, hoarding toxic fibres also damage the environment, as you have to repurchase your damaged low-quality items.



What is 'good fabric' and what do I have to look out for?

1.          ‚Good fabric‘ is traditionally characterized by natural fibres such as cotton, wool as well as angora. It is derived from natural sources such as plants and obviously, is healthier for your body than any other type of fabric. Also, natural fibres have a tendency to be more durable, which is a big advantage, right?

2.          Make sure to avoid synthetic fibres such as polyester, rayon and viscose! These fibres are not produced naturally and contain a lot of chemicals as well as toxic elements. It is extremely harmful to your body as with time it absorbs the waste and toxins. Also, certain fabrics that are not natural do not permit you to sweat properly, which can also be a major issue.




To find out what fabric your clothing is made of, you just have to read the tag on the clothing, as easy as that. Often clothes have a blend of different fabric, which makes it harder to find something that is 100% cotton for example. In that case, make sure that the % of the natural fibres is higher than the % of the synthetics.



To conclude, I am not forcing you to change your wardrobe or only buy 100% natural fibres. You have the power to do whatever you want to do and no one is going to judge you, you do you! My goal is to inspire people as well as stay aware of what we consume, buy and put on our bodies.



xx Lisa



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