Shoppers on Missguided have taken to Twitter to share their frustrations about Missguided’s latest product; a £1 black bikini.
Missguided has defended the garment, which was worn by former Love Island contestant, Ellie Brown, by claiming the brand is absorbing the costs as a “gift” to customers.
Even with the backlash online, the bikini is now completely sold out, sparking further debate about the state of fast fashion.
IT'S BACK 🍾 @brown.ellie in the 🔥 £1 bikini set everyone will notice 💘(but your bank account won’t) Shop the 'one pound bikini' in sizes 4 -24 on site but be quick babe, there's limited stock https://t.co/iIksv9iCAM ⏰ #babesofmissguided pic.twitter.com/hz6u7Emtvs— Missguided (@Missguided) June 13, 2019
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Several people have shared their frustrations about the 85% polyester string bikini.
Many shoppers say that even with Missguided absorbing the costs, there are still question marks over how fairly the garment workers were paid for it.
One tweet, which has been shared by thousands of people, said: “Clothes aren’t meant to be £1. The price is meant to be reflective of the production process which includes sooo many steps including cutting, dying, sewing, packaging, shipping etc. and there are people carrying out those things at each step of the process.”
Omg PLEASE DO NOT buy the Missguided £1 bikini. I give zero shits about the fact that the brand can’t be making any profit on it, but I do give a shit that by selling it for £1, that’s the value they’re slapping on that item. That item made by garment workers. Their labourers.— Amyleigh ☕️ (@AmyleighCraigg) June 15, 2019
You might be paying £1 for a missguided bikini with free delivery but the implication of your purchasing will have consequences for garment workers + the environment. Everyone ends up paying for it along the line.— fleur (@infleurtile) June 14, 2019
@Missguided absolutely crying with laughter at your media statement about your £1 bikini. Empowering women? What do you do to empower the women in your supply chain!? Also lol at the fact you didn’t mention the other glaring issue of mass consumption and killing the planet.— Rawnie Cally (@rawniecally) June 19, 2019
Polyester is not biodegradable and many people have vented about how all of these £1 bikinis will eventually “end up in landfill”.
With so-called ‘fast fashion’ brands on the verge of being taxed for their part to play in harming the environment, it’s seen as a strange move by the retailer.
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“It’s blown my mind, especially when fast fashion has been under fire for the past couple of years you’d think brands would make better choices.” One tweeter wrote.
Missguided hit back at claims about the bikini by including the statement “it cost us more to produce than £1 and we've absorbed the costs so we can offer it at an incredible price as a gift to you, our babes” in the product description.
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