In the mid-1980s, garment production went global, clothes got cheaper and our closets got bigger. While we once chose attire to fit seasonal demands – warmer, thicker layers in winter, for example – for many the significance of garments has shifted from practical need to social and emotional want. We simply like to shop and stay on-trend.
But while hypertrendiness might ensure the perfect outfit for every microseason, it might also mean overstuffed closets, piles of unused clothes and a size-large fashion footprint. How trend sensitive are you? Are you a fashion vanguard or dyed-in-the-wool rebel?
Take our quiz to find out.
This quiz was adapted from Sabine Weber’s current research on textile waste and consumer behaviour. Questions are based on those used in “Drivers of clothing disposal in the US: An exploration of the role of personal attributes and behaviours in frequent disposal” by Chunmin Lang, Cosette M. Armstrong and Laura A. Brannon, published in the International Journal of Consumer Studies37:1 (2013).
Explore ways to recirculate your duds in our sharing guide, including how to get the most out of a clothing swap.
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