A giant problem with sustainable fashion

Patrick Young talks about the difficulties taller people face in their search for sustainable clothing - and clothing in general.

Patrick Young
5th November 2020
Like many of today's young adults, I am conscious about what I wear, and where it comes from. However, I face one severe setback in this regard - I am a 6ft 10 inches male. At the best of times, I find it hard to find clothes that fit me, but when it comes to sustainable fashion, people like me are forgotten.

I know it is because I am outside the norm, in terms of height, and thus, unlikely to be thought of when fashion brands are developing clothing for the masses. But even in terms of second-hand clothes, my people are left out.

Go into any charity shop, in any town, and you will see a real lack of clothes designed for those of us who are excessively vertically gifted. This is particularly annoying, due to the global awareness people are now placing on their clothes and where they come from.

I find myself feeling ostracized from the fashion world, as something monstrous or bestial

It can hardly be expected of charity shops to have second-hand clothes in my size, when barely any shop has things in my size in the first place. Those that do are often named demeaning names like "giant & long". All in all, I find myself feeling ostracized from the fashion world, as something monstrous or bestial.

We are a captive market to these companies, so they know we will pay whatever they are charging, because we can't get clothes anywhere else

Even with those specific shops for tall people, it is not simple. Clothes there cost an arm and a leg, so it's no wonder there are never any clothes in charity shops for my size - people want to get their money's worth! The average pair of jeans in my size can cost anywhere between £90 to £180, talk about extortion! But we are a captive market to these companies, so they know we will pay whatever they are charging, because we can't get clothes anywhere else.

Despite my wanting to be ethical and environmentally friendly in my choice of fashion, I often find myself having to make sacrifices on my morals, purely because I need clothes, and the places that sell them aren't always the most ethical.

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