The same reason most "vegetarian" food is so bland: if it had any taste, you wouldn't
My random thought is not so random but in fact has a fairly easy to trace lineage, but I'm going to post it here anyway. WHY THE FUCK IS ECO-FRIENDLY "FASHION" SO FUCKING VILE??
It depends what you classify as 'ECO-FRIENDLY "FASHION"'.
I mean clothes that are made out of fair trade, sustainable shiz. The designs are always gross, or if they DO look like something a normal person would wear, they cost the earth. I want to be able to wear a regular-looking t-shirt with decent skinnies, a hoodie and a pair of rad trainers, and I'm willing to pay £10, £15, £12 and £20 for each of them respectively. I do NOT want to wear some weird tassley ecotop, billowing tie-dye pyjama bottoms and vegan sandals that fall apart after 6 months wear OR pay £500 for one outfit.
be making a sacrifice for your ideals. There's lots of food that contains no meat, and
still tastes great, but you don't have to advertise that it's "vegetarian" to get people
to eat it. Similarly, just for example, cotton (remember cotton, your old pal?... denim?)
can be entirely eco-friendly, but it's not sexy-eco-friendly... For that you need scratchy
fabrics, dull colours, and glaringly-plain designs.
Then there's the exception...
Eco-friendly footwear.... Okay, some of that is fugly too, but some of it's great...
I'm not looking for "sexy eco-friendly" - I have zero desire to advertise the fact I'm wearing eco clothes. But I can't find any eco-friendly clothes that aren't all about advertising the fact, you know? I mean the ones that might be cool AND eco friendly aren't TELLING me that they're eco-friendly, and the ones that are are horrible.
And don't even get me started on clothes that are fair trade and ethically sound as well.
Yeah, I feel your pain. Although, to be honest, the most "eco-friendly" way for everyone to dress is just to recycle and buy second hand shiz from op-shops and stuff. But otherwise, I agree, most of the cool "eco-friendly" clothes that are not daggy/hippie/scratchy-hemp seem to always be pretty expensive. Like there's this rad local designer in Melbourne that makes clothes using organic cotton, but they're pricey.
My biggest problem atm is that it's pretty near impossible to find nice, good quality shoes that are more formal/going out-ish that aren't leather. It's relatively easy to find general, everyday kicks made of canvas or whatever, and I just got this sweet pair of Macbeth high-tops that are vegan.
Hopefully as more people and businesses become conscientious about their ethical/environmental impact, good eco-friendly fashion will become more accessible and widespread.
Buying 2nd hand and from charity shops and stuff is all very well and good - and cheap! hooray! - but it's not the same as pulling on a pair of brand new shiny trousers. Also, I find a lot of the time I have a clear idea of what I want and I can never, EVER find it in 2nd hand shops but, because most of the time the idea's come from something in current fashion, new shops have something at least pretty damn close to it.
I agree though, hopefully people will eventually stop thinking that eco-friendly and ethical is something to brag about and it'll become the norm - that way they'll have to entice us with different shinies, like, say, I don't know, clothes that we actually want to wear!
I'm leaving shoes for the minute, tbh - I just don't think I'm up to a live without shiny multicoloured trainers and leather boots just yet xD
And Chloe, it was my D string. Why d'you ask?