OOTD :: of quantity vs. quality

november 7

november 7

november 7

At the risk of seeming as if I bite off everything Sally does, I must respond to one of her recent blog posts with one of my own.

When the post in question came pinging into my inbox, I found myself slowing down and actually digesting content rather than tasting. The original email, Sally’s response, and the subsequent chatter that ensued really resonated with me on so many different levels. So pardon me for deviating from my usual fluff to inject a philosophical post mid-week.

Has the “culture of pictures” changed the way I shop and dress? Honestly? No. I am not a picture poser. I’m the one reluctant to mug, the one who ducks behind tall people in group shots, the one who grabs the camera and offers to snap shots rather than be in them. I started this blog thinking I’d crop out my face in all my photos, that’s how reticent I was about having my picture taken.

However, do I feel the “pressure for having a wide variety of clothes”? Absolutely. Well, maybe not necessarily pressure; more like compulsion. I do it to myself. I like variety. I like novelty. I hate repeating things. I hardly repeat mistakes, lesson plans, or dinner recipes; I’m certainly not going to repeat outfits.

Does this compulsion make me “buy more and sometimes lesser quality”? You betcha. I am officially calling it now: I am a quantity, not quality girl. I voluntarily shop Target and Forever 21 and Old Navy as opposed to Nordstrom and J. Crew and Ann Taylor. Why? Firstly, because of aforementioned obsession with the new, and secondly because if I did go over to Team Quality, I’d impoverish my family.

By deliberately making this lifestyle choice, am I supporting sweatshops or consumerism or the wasteful culture of planned obsolescence? Perhaps inadvertently. I do plead ignorance, however; it’s only recently that I’ve been exposed to the idea of style with a conscience.

Will my burgeoning awareness change my approach to fashion and shopping? Ah, that’s the billion-dollar question which, frankly, I’m not equipped nor prepared to answer just quite yet.

In the meantime, enjoy the fruits of my consumerism by admiring today’s outfit: a thrifted skirt, a sweater and blazer that’s several seasons old but have only been worn once each, and a pair of tastefully blinged-out pumps. The color palette may be more reminiscent of spring rather than fall, but I’ve always been one to rock the boat. Besides, can’t we just name it “winter white” and call it a day?

:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Sweater – Isaac Mizrahi for Target (similar)
Blazer – Daily Look (similar)
Skirt – thrifted
Shoes – Janine @ Payless
Necklace – NY&Co.

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2 thoughts on “OOTD :: of quantity vs. quality

  1. lovelytl33 says:

    I love, beyond all reason, that skirt! I don’t usually do a lot of color. I am a neutrals kind of girl with a little color splash thrown in somewhere, usually in the form of a great bag. However, I do wear this turquoise color somewhat often as I have been told that it is absolutely my best color. I love this whole outfit and would totally wear it! I was just fitted for the fashion show I am to be in on Sunday and when we were picking clothes out last night at the store, I just kept thinking “I get a discount on all this stuff! Woohoo!” They have a pair of boots that must come home with me. I have a problem with consciously shopping too. I never even thought about my five dollar Old Navy shirts being made in a sweatshop until a couple of weeks ago I read something about these stores. I buy expensive classic pieces that will wear a long time about once a year in the form of lined wool pants or a classic black dress or even a heavy brown sweater, but when it comes to trendy clothes I go for sales racks at Old Navy and Rue21 and I shop almost exclusively at Maurices for nicer clothes. I don’t know how to really make a stand against child labor camps and sweatshops and continue to afford to clothe myself. It is such a fine line and even if you were to shop at Wal-Mart for the “Made in America” stuff, they just assemble it in America, the cloth and everything else is done all over the world. Is there really any way to make sure you are avoiding these places for sure?

    • mtsedwards says:

      Although I have long since stopped replying to comments because my replies devolved into the “Aww, thanks!” category, I must say that your thoughtful and lengthy comments demands a reply.

      Based on your comment to my fox outfit yesterday, you will be thrilled to know that today’s skirt is a thrifted H&M number that cost me all of $2!!! Woot!

      Fashion show?! Pictures, please! And can I say I’m uber jealous of your discount right now? Yowzas!

      And yes, dressing with a conscience is tough, especially to a self-confessed amoralist like me. I can’t even promise to be more aware because when I see a sale, I swoop with the laser-like focus of a peregrine falcon.

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