One of the blogs I regularly follow is Sally over at Already Pretty. Sadly, when she abandoned her penchant for fit and flare dresses, I found myself drawn less and less to her fashion style. But I keep coming back to her blog because her fashion philosophy is always thought-provoking and profound.
Two weeks ago, Sally posted this.
And a little part of me shriveled up in shame inside.
Why did I start this blog in the first place? Why is my blog named the way it is? Wasn’t I supposed to shop my closet for all my OOTDs? And yet, in the three years now that I’ve been doing this, my closet contents have almost doubled in size and I have yet to stick to a consistent shopping “diet”. My budget is all but nonexistent, and I still get suckered by all those fast fashion ads that pop up with increasing regularity in my inbox.
So, yeah. Excuse me while I roll up into a fetal ball and give myself a mental flagellating.
And now that I’ve got that out of the way, let’s regroup. Sally concluded her musings with the following epiphany.
So here’s what I decided: I would never again purchase any fashion item that was not either:
- Made in the U.S.A.
- Created using sustainable materials
- Created using fair trade/transparent labor practices
I can certainly start looking at labels for “Made in the U.S.A.”, although this tends to be a little challenging when I do most of my shopping online. I can’t sew worth a tinker’s dam. I need to do more research on sustainable materials – so no poly blends? – and I’m still hazy on what exactly is fair trade.
But I can definitely stand behind buying secondhand. I’ve been doing that most recently via Poshmark, and you all know what an inveterate eBay shopper I am anyway. I did fall off the wagon this month when Kohl’s/Old Navy/Target bombarded my inbox with all their sales – I can’t seem to pass up a BOGO to save my life – but a majority of my recent purchases have been used.
So maybe I can put away the flail for now and just promise to be more aware. I guess you can’t have an awakening without first experiencing guilt. (Thus my linking to Anne from last week.) And I guess I’m calling impasse between me and my shopping habits for now until I can get my mind sorted. (Thus my linking to Anne this week).
Happy Monday, y’all!
:: Just the facts, ma’am ::
Top – NY&Co.
Jacket – Patrick Robinson for Target
Skirt – gift from the fabulous Patti
Pumps – Missoni for Target
:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
War Paint by Fletcher