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Fashion Or Feelings? What Are You Really Buying?
Episode 915th May 2024 • Reloved Radio: Sustainable Fashion Stories • Chryssius Dunn
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A preview of the upcoming three-part series focusing on the relationship between women and fashion, the impact of consumerism, and how our shopping habits affect not only our wallets, but also our sense of self.

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Chryssius:

Have you ever wondered why it's so hard to stop buying?

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Well, you're not alone.

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With the rise of fast fashion, shopping

has become more than just a pastime.

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It's ingrained in our culture and

often tied to our sense of identity.

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In today's consumer-driven society, what

we wear often serves as a reflection

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of who we are, or who we aspire to be.

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Fast fashion feeds into this narrative

by offering a seemingly endless array

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of trendy, affordable clothing options

that promise to keep us stylish and

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up-to-date with the latest looks.

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And as a result, shopping's gone beyond

its utilitarian purpose and it's become

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a means of self-expression, social

validation, and even self-definition.

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However this cultural shift towards fast

fashion comes at a significant cost, both

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to the planet and to us, as individuals.

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Fast fashion wreaks havoc on

the environment through its

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reliance on cheap, non-sustainable

materials and production practices.

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And it perpetuates a cycle of

exploitation and injustice for the

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workers who produce these garments.

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It also takes a toll on our wealth and

health - from the financial strain of

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keeping up with trends and micro trends

to the detrimental effects of cheaply

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made clothing on our bodies, the true

cost of fast fashion is much greater

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than what you see on the price tag.

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Yet, despite these challenges,

women wield immense spending

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power in the fashion industry.

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So how can we change our habits?

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Where do we start?

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And what will these habit changes mean?

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In this three part series on women,

fashion and consumerism, Vive Oldham,

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Charlie Smith, Jacinta Ebsworth,

Hazel Law and I examine the reasons

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behind why we buy, what we're really

buying, and explore exactly how to go

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about making conscious choices that

align with our values and priorities.

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Charlie: She just looked so incredible

and so comfortable and happy.

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And I went, whoa!

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That's it!

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That's it.

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And it wasn't that I wanted the coat.

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I wanted her energy.

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And I wanted to have

that level of confidence.

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Vive: Women have been trained by

culture to be desirable rather than

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to learn what it is they desire.

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And so when you see someone who really is

in touch with what they desire, especially

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a woman, and then they're dressing to

express that, it's so enigmatic and

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captivating and interesting because

suddenly it's dressing for themselves

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rather than dressing for another.

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Hazel: People are such a vital , component

of fashion, like without people, fashion,

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style, trends, none of that matters.

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None of that actually, like, it doesn't

have an impact unless we buy into that.

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Without people, fashion is nothing.

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Jacinta: conditioned to think

we can buy the feeling and

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like you can't buy the feeling.

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A skill is to sit with what's missing,

what's the void I'm trying to fill rather

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than thinking I can buy this and I'll

ultimately feel happier, sexier, whatever.

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Vive: I'm only wearing stuff

that feels really good.

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And when I'm wearing stuff that feels

really good, it has like a, it has

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something and an impact on the life

force and the energy of how I am in the

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world and how I relate with the world.

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Charlie: Honestly, I think we

need to treat our wardrobe like

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we're going on a date with it.

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Hazel: I've just been wearing clothes

that fit for almost a year and it's

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been such an incredible experience;

this is the power of not buying stuff.

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Charlie: And I think it all comes back

to that pre-programming from social

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media and those external influences that

have made us believe that new is better.

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Jacinta: Yeah, no one's

talking about men shopping.

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Like, there's a reason it was

designed for us to spend and just

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constantly seek feeling better

because that's the conditioning.

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Vive: I know this in the, in more

of a tending my own garden, which

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Hazel: It's a euphemism.

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Vive: could metaphor for many things,

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but you know,

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Charlie: a lot of those kind of moments

where we've gone, is that for the podcast?

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Or is that for a therapist?

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Hmm, not sure.

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Whoopsies.

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Vive: just your small part of life and

what's within your sphere of control, like

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I could just pause and I could think about

what I'm trying to feel by purchasing

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this thing as the absolute first piece

and with compassion, because if there's

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no compassion, if it's suppressing

the urge to purchase, that suppression

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is going to come back and bite you.

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Chryssius: This three part

special starts on May 27th.

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