Slow Fashion, Minimalism and Wellbeing - Embracing What Feels Good

Slow Fashion, Minimalism and Wellbeing - Embracing What Feels Good - Nomadic Collections

My body was changing. I no longer liked wearing polyester, it felt itchy and uncomfortable. And anything snug fitting was annoying. I was hot, then chilly, a little nauseous, then cranky.

Natural fibers felt more comforting on my skin. And so, I started to pay closer attention to the fabric I was wearing and started to look for fibers like linen and soft hemp. Increasingly I looked for soft clothing tags that read  “sustainably sourced” and “fair trade.”

I threw out most of my wardrobe that contained polyester. Some pieces like that black sleeveless top with the tie around the neck were harder to let go of. But I knew if I didn’t it would just sit in my closet and take up space in my house and my head. As I get older this desire to simplify everything gets stronger; my wardrobe, my home, my life.

Capsule wardrobes serve this purpose of scaling down and simplifying. For those of us that love options we can take heart that while we may give ourselves less options the trade-off is more space, physically and mentally. It can be a sense of relief to not have to do the morning mental gymnastics on what to wear.

This desire for simplicity, less stuff, more meaning in the things we choose to buy are part of the underlying motivators for Slow Fashion and in part for  the Minimalism movement and aesthetic. It makes sense that we look to reduce the amount of chaos and visual noise from our lives in order to regain some sense of equilibrium and peace.

I buy less now. Sometimes I spend just as much but I feel better about what I get knowing the people involved are paid fairly.

Slow Fashion isn't just about what we wear; it's a mindset—a conscious decision to prioritize quality over quantity, ethics over trends. Coined by Kate Fletcher, Slow Fashion emphasizes traditional craftsmanship, ethical production, and timeless design. It's a stark contrast to the fast fashion industry, which thrives on disposable clothing and exploitative practices.  Forbes wrote a great article wrote a great article  detailing the facts on fast fashion and how much we consume and dispose of each year. And they showcase Canadian pioneer Kristi Soomer, founder of Encircled, another Slow Fashion brand that’s been vocal and transparent with their focus on fair trade and eco-conscious practices. We salute you Kristi! 

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Principles of Slow Fashion

  1.     Ethical Production: From materials to garment construction, Slow Fashion advocates for fair wages, humane working conditions, and environmental sustainability. It's about knowing the story behind our clothes and making choices that align with our values.
  2.     Quality over Quantity: Slow Fashion encourages us to invest in pieces that last—a sharp departure from the culture of disposable fashion. By prioritizing durability and craftsmanship, we reduce waste and cultivate a deeper appreciation for what we own.
  3.     Mindful Consumption: Every purchase we make is a statement—a reflection of our values and aspirations. Slow Fashion invites us to slow down, to savor the shopping experience, and to make choices that resonate with our principles.

Benefits of Embracing Slow Fashion

  1.     Versatility: Slow Fashion celebrates versatility, encouraging us to mix and match our wardrobe for endless possibilities. Instead of chasing fleeting trends, we curate a collection that stands the test of time.
  2.     Connection with Self and Nature: By adopting a slower, more mindful approach to fashion, we deepen our connection with ourselves and the world around us. It's not just about what we wear; it's about how our choices impact the planet and our well-being.
  3.     Community and Creativity: Thrifting, swapping, and sharing clothes foster a sense of community and creativity. It's not just about what we wear; it's about the stories we share and the connections we forge.

Practical Tips for Embracing Slow Fashion

  1.     Thrifting: Explore thrift and consignment shops for unique finds that won't break the bank. Not only does thrifting reduce waste, but it also adds a touch of individuality to your wardrobe.
  2.     Swap or Borrow: Host clothing swaps with friends or family to breathe new life into your wardrobe without spending a dime. It's a win-win for both your closet and the planet.
  3.     Fun and Play: Slow Fashion isn't just about what we wear; it's about how we live. Embrace creativity, community, and shared experiences as you embark on this journey towards simplicity and sustainability.


In a world obsessed with speed and instant gratification, Slow Fashion offers a welcome antidote—a reminder to slow down, to savor the moment, and to embrace simplicity. It's not just about what we wear; it's about how we live. So let's take a step back, breathe, and rediscover the joy of dressing with intention and integrity.


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