Top 5 Books on Slow Fashion & Adopting a More Sustainable Lifestyle

With more and more people becoming aware of the effects of mass fashion on the ecosystem and on society, there’s a growing awareness and interest in the concept of ‘slow fashion.’

But, how do we define this concept? What does ethical clothing mean? What do ethics have to do with what we wear? What can we do to promote ethical fashion in a way that makes a significant difference?

Whether we are just getting started with this subject or we want to understand the intricate dynamics of the global fashion industry and its implications, here is a list of the 5 best books we should all read.


  • To Die For: Is Fashion Wearing Out The World? by Lucy Siegle

Lucy Siegel is a specialist in ecological and ethical lifestyle issues. Her book is a journalistic expose on the impact of the fashion industry on human rights and the environment. This is a must-read if you want to understand how the global fashion industry works and how the current craze for cheap fashion and popular labels is affecting the world, and especially those in developing countries, in profound ways. Siegel makes her readers aware of the practical ways they can embrace fashion while supporting ethical values with the clothes they choose to wear.


  • Worn Stories by Emily Spivack

Want real stories about real people embracing and living out the ‘slow fashion’ concept? Sometimes discussions of ethical fashion and sustainable lifestyle can seem a bit abstract but reading Spivack’s Worn Stories humanizes these concepts.

This compelling book features more than 50 stories on the connections people have made with certain pieces of clothing. The author shows us that there is more to clothing than just manic trends and over-consumption—a well-built piece of clothing sourced from ethical clothing brands embodies your identity and is something you treasure for many years as opposed to discarding after one or two wears.


  • Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost Of Cheap Fashion by Elizabeth L. Cline

If you are looking for a primer on the ethics of fashion and sustainable living, this is a great place to start. Overdressed is a simple read that helps to address the question :“Why clothes, at least in the West, are so cheap?” This book will change the way you look at the consumption of fashion items and may even inspire you to transition to buying sustainable clothing brands.


  • Zero Waste Design by Timo Rissanen and Holly McQuillan

If you are a designer looking for practical ways to make your products more sustainable or you are a fashion student, this one is a must-read. It covers everything from sustainable design techniques, interviews with designers in the slow fashion world, an analysis of the environmental effects of fast fashion, and way practical ways current and upcoming designers can make a difference in the fashion industry.


  • Wear No Evil: How To Change The World With Your Wardrobe by Greta Eagan

As much as pests may be a problem especially in the early stages of starting the garden, we should avoid using any chemicals to remove pests. Careful observation will reveal the types of pests in our garden and their natural predators.

Eagean shows us why we do not need all 6 collections of the season to stay in style and look good. This book is based on solid research and real life experience. It provides inspiration on how to dress stylishly with ethical fashion brands, how to identify eco-friendly clothing and how to embrace and eco-lifestyle through fashion.

Good reading!


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