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Missed opportunities

That opportunity for some people to have remained just stains on Mummy’s sheets:

Ultra-fast fashion is taking over – and using every trick in the book to get us addicted
Zainab Mahmood
Fashion retail sites such as Shein constantly add new styles at incredibly cheap prices, normalising overconsumption

Folk are gaining more of what they want, cheaper, and this toss is complaining?

25 thoughts on “Missed opportunities”

  1. Harry Haddock's Ghost

    “overconsumption”; yet another made up sin for the neopuritans to accuse people of.

  2. ’…several crop tops and miniskirts priced at an alarming £1.99.’

    I can think of lots of things that are ‘alarming’ about modern life, but the price of a crop-top? Not even making the cut.

  3. Size of them can be though, Julia. Saw one at the weekend wouldn’t have made a good handkerchief. And what it contained was more than a handful.

  4. This says more about the author than about the subject. It’s like a puritan minister complaining about all the pornography on the internet, or fat people complaining about all the fast food outlets.

  5. My friend Toni Murphy, a 25-year-old content creator from London, was previously addicted to Shein. She started overconsuming fast fashion when her student grant and loan gave her access to more cash than ever before.

    Same here. It started off innocently enough – a fancy shirt here, a cheeky blazer there – but soon I was hooked on fashion and my life spiralled out of control like a novelty spinning bow-tie of evil.

    I hit rock bottom when I found myself living in a lean-to made of cheap cummerbunds, binge watching The Clothes Show on my phone and humiliatingly pretending to shake my little tush on the catwalk while begging for money to buy more low-priced faux-leather jackets.

    Just say no to fashion!

  6. I fear the young women quoted in the article may have confused addiction issues with being a fucking idiot.

  7. There’s nothing new, Philip Stubbs (1555 – 1610)‘Anatomy of Abuses’:
    “Wearing apparel more gorgeous, sumptuous, & precious than our state, calling, or condition of life requireth, we are puffed up into pride & induced to think of ourselves more than we ought, being but vile earth & miserable sinners.”

    He didn’t like mirrors either:
    “The devil could never have found a more pestilent evil than this, looking glasses be called the devil’s bellows, wherewith he bloweth the blast of pride into our hearts, & those that look in them may be said to look into the devil’s arse, while he infuseth the venomous wind of pride into their souls.”

    Bring on the new Sumptuary Laws!

  8. Charles B
    In my experience mirrors are declining in quality. I look forward to never using one again, unless it’s to check I’m still breathing.

  9. Dennis, Not Being Sarcastic At All

    My friend Toni Murphy, a 25-year-old content creator from London, was previously addicted to Shein. She started overconsuming fast fashion when her student grant and loan gave her access to more cash than ever before.

    So your friend Toni Murphy is an irresponsible moron. How is that society’s problem?

  10. Steve remains a genius – genuinely brought tears to my eyes. Dennis – nary should a sparrow fall but it’s the states responsibility to get it back flying (or some other such quote)

    Tim – you are missing something though – the first stirrings of fascism (from a government that is apparently under a philosophy of ‘rolling back the state’

    ‘I know that the Tories are aware that from many churchgoers acquiescence will be forthcoming. But they will also know that amongst the very early inmates of Dachau concentration camp there were quite a lot of priests whose silence could not be bought.

    In that case every priest now has to face the question we all might have to consider at some time, which is whether we have the courage to oppose, come what may?

  11. Also once again – cometh the hour, Cometh the potato:

    These economists seem to think this a marginal issue. They really do need to get out a bit more. In the real world the crisis is already happening. And the recession is already coming. The question is how we deal with it?

  12. Dennis, Neither Retired Nor From Wandsworth

    The question is how we deal with it?

    Let me guess…

    1) Print more money
    2) Issue bonds
    3) Raise taxes
    4) Force people to do stuff

    That should cover it.

  13. Dennis

    You could add:

    5) Steal resources from people who have in my opinion too much

    But I think your 4 points cover it.

  14. The G craves a world where government politicians and bureaucrats allocate to the people what they think they need. They have not patience for what people might want. Of course, as we’ve seen in so many countries, once they get such control no one gets what they need. Then what they want is to get out the country.

  15. I’ve never understood how the ‘to each according to his need’ bit of socialist sloganry doesn’t seem to apply to me, at least in terms of what I need being what I want.

  16. Give the third world woman a dress and she can be clothed for months. Give her access to material and thread and she can have clothes for life. Give her a lowly paid job sewing fast fashion tut and she, her friends and her family will be pulled out of the grasp of poverty forever.

  17. Dennis: Oppressor, Warmonger, Capitalist and Consumer of Petroleum Products

    Give her a lowly paid job sewing fast fashion tut and she, her friends and her family will be pulled out of the grasp of poverty forever.

    Therein lies the problem for Zainab Mahmood and his sort: What does one do if the “less fortunate” are no longer “less fortunate” and don’t need your paternalistic guidance towards self-sufficiency and enlightenment?

    Never forget that the well-meaning liberal is at a loss – often of a well-paying job, more often a source of moral superiority – if they actually solve the problem they claim to be addressing.

    What could be more terrifying to the likes of Richard Murphy than an end to poverty?

  18. “addicted to Shein”

    Sounds like a Brass Eye made up drug. Probably home made from oven cleaner.

  19. to undermine the idea of fast fashion is to undermine the idea of fashion itself. You can’t argue it rationally without also saying fashion i.e. the preference for the new versus the old itself is a colossal waste of inputs.

  20. One of Spud’s problems, anxieties, is that poverty has already been abolished in the UK.

    Which may well be why he’s doing his damnedest to convince people to arrange matters for its Grand Return…

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