I was intrigued by artist Ane Howard’s slow fashion. Upon my request, she sent me a wrap dress that was supposed to be featured for the Winter. Unfortunately, due to some missed emails, I wasn’t able to review the dress. Apologies to Ms. Howard. I am remedying that now with this story about Ane Howard’s Slow Fashion.
What is Slow Fashion?
Ane Howard touts her clothing as “slow fashion.” If you don’t know what that means, it means not acquiring a lot of inexpensive items to stuff a closet maybe with the latest fads. Instead. it encourages consumers to carefully select and treasure high-quality apparel that will last for years to come.
If you look at photos of homes from decades ago, you’ll notice that there is little if any closet space and people chose their garments mindfully and took care of them. However, in today’s disposable world, the first thing most people look for in a new home is closet space to stuff with all sorts of trendy or cheap and pretty much disposable items.
I like the idea of carefully choosing pieces that will flatter you and be a staple in your wardrobe. Sustainable and eco-friendly is definitely a growing trend, even in clothing.
The Artistic Process:
According to Ane Howard, when she creates her items in California, she first prints the design onto raw fabric and then makes the product. Each item is therefore unique and limited edition.The wrap dress I received is 77% recycled polyester, and 23% spandex. I liked the idea that the recycled polyester used in products is sourced from clear plastic water bottles. These are cleaned and turned into pellets that are spun into new, high-quality yarn. So really eco-conscious.
I chose a dress in size XL. Large or XL are the sizes I’d normally wear in a dress from any company. I chose XL because sometimes wrap dresses need some extra room. The dress was attractive and I liked the abstract design on it. However, that’s where my love affair with the dress ended.
I didn’t realize that the clothing was available from XS to XXXL. There is no size guide and I assumed that the XL dress would fit me as most XL dresses do. Furthermore, wrap dresses can be tricky if you have a large bust. My dress didn’t cover my chest at all. Pulling it tighter simply didn’t work. I cannot show you a photo of the top half of the dress as it would literally be very inappropriate. However, I am showing you some of the bottom half so you can get an idea of the design.
Size Does Matter:
As you might imagine I also don’t need to stuff my closet with clothes that don’t fit or aren’t useful to me. So I eventually gave the dress to an Editor friend who is a size 6 and it just fit her. I guess I would have needed an XXL or XXXL in this dress but I didn’t know that.
My advice, if you want to purchase clothing from Ane Howard or someone else and it’s made to order, do communicate your actual measurements to the designer, first. Also, make sure that your product is returnable without penalty if it doesn’t fit. Visit the Ane Howard Website: