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Why high-quality clothes can break the psychology of fast fashion

(Illustration by Emily Sabens/The Washington Post; iStock)

Ten years ago, fashion writer Derek Guy interviewed a young Parisian student about his wardrobe. Brian’s clothes, spare but sophisticated, fit into the tiny closet common in pre-20th-century housing. Every item mixed and matched elegantly, from the camel-toned overcoat to black jeans.

When Guy interviewed Brian a decade later, many of the same jeans, pants and jackets were still in his closet, he told Guy. Everything remained not only wearable, but fashionable long after most people would have tossed their garments or shoved them to the back of the rack.

“He formed a functional, stylish wardrobe using just a few pieces,” says Guy. “The lessons of his wardrobe are applicable to anyone. I don’t think people need to buy designer [clothes] to do what he did. You can shop at Uniqlo, J.Crew, Target or Gap.”

With fast fashion moving from design to retail rack in less than 15 days — and often lasting no more than 10 wearings — the idea of using clothes beyond a single season, let alone a decade, can seem archaic. Last year, the average American bought more than one garment per week, paying about $17 for each, according to the American Apparel & Footwear Association, a trade group.

But fast fashion’s sartorial sugar rush fades fast: 11.3 million tons of textiles ended up in landfills in 2018, the last year the Environmental Protection Agency published data. That’s about 76 pounds per person in the United States, adding to the fashion industry’s trail of environmental degradation and labor violations.

As you look to upgrade your attire for winter, it might be tempting to replace

Community Leaders Team Up to Help Break Stigma Around Youth Mental Health

AdventHealth for Children and Heart of Florida United Way are teaming up to start a movement that gets children, parents, and all Central Floridians talking about mental health and empowers them to “Be a Mindleader.”

The “Be a Mindleader” campaign aims to get curated, expert information into the hands of kids, parents, caregivers, coaches, mentors, and teachers and help facilitate life-changing conversations about mental health between children, teens, and the adults in their lives. This vital message will also reach Spanish- and Creole-speaking communities.

Half of all mental health disorders begin by age 14, yet only one in three parents regularly discusses mental health with their children, according to AdventHealth research. And for those who suffer, it can take up to 11 years to get a diagnosis and seek treatment.

According to the American Psychiatric Association, talking about mental health is one of the best ways to reduce the stigma, create hope, and lead people to seek care.

“A ‘Mindleader’ speaks up when they’re having a hard time and makes others feel safe to speak up, too. By creating more ‘Mindleaders’ in our community, we can break down the stigma that keeps someone from reaching out for help and save children’s lives,” explained Dr. Rajan Wadhawan, senior executive officer of AdventHealth for Children. “The number of children today who are struggling with mental illness is staggering. Nearly every shift, our emergency departments, pediatricians, and psychiatrists care for children struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use, and suicidal ideation.”

Launching this month, www.BeAMindleader.com can connect parents, families, and Central Floridians to:

  • Mental health hotlines and suicide and crisis prevention resources
  • Tips and advice for starting conversations with kids and handling difficult situations, such as bullying and eating disorders
  • The AdventHealth for Children’s Mental Health Navigation team that can help parents find providers
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