OOTD :: of guilt and awakening

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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.
  • Secondhand/used
  • Handmade
  • 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

 :: Linking ::
52 Pick-me-up @ SpyGirl
Visible Monday @ Not Dead Yet Style

:: Scream it from the top of your lungs ::
War Paint by Fletcher

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9 thoughts on “OOTD :: of guilt and awakening

  1. Pingback: OOTD :: of flares and Forever 21 | :: My Closet Catalogue ::

  2. Fun, fun skirt!

    I wasn’t sure what ‘fair trade’ meant, either. This helped me –

    http://fairtradeusa.org/what-is-fair-trade
    There are lists of companies that are apparently fair trade – quite a challenge to keep straight, though.

    Made in USA is something I try to do, but gotta say — there are some unfair practices here, too.

    Reuse! Yes!

  3. I struggle with the same feelings of guilt. Especially given my current financial situation…I probably shouldn’t be buying clothes at all! But I know that when I limit myself completely I end up binging later. That’s why I try to stick with my budget. Truth be told, lately I haven’t and I feel awful about it. But October starts a new month and I’m going to head right back into that budget!

  4. Love that skirt on you! And please don’t beat yourself up – we’re all on a path and we are all bombarded by marketing 24/7. Baby steps are good, yeah?

    PS: Capaldi killed it last week, as did Missy (Run, Missy, run!). xox

  5. Aw, M. No need to beat yourself up. Everyone does what they can. I mean, you read the blog, and it’s food for thought, right?

    • True. Am wondering if the film would make for a good documentary in the classroom. Then I’d have a reason to watch it form an academic rather than personal perspective.

  6. Ah, I remember The Great Shopping Ban when you went deep into your closet.
    Awareness is a good start. Have you watched the movie yet? I think it incites viewers to action. A good friend was brow-beating me over some of the issues after she saw it. I guess it’s time I watch it, now that it’s streaming. There’s also a good book called “Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion” which Amazon says I bought in 2013, so if I still have it, I’ll loan it to you (MEETUP!).
    Poshmark is good, but also has temptation. The “I must have it, that other girl cannot” when a price drops and all. As consumers (note the term used for us) we are constantly bombarded with marketing ploys. It gets hard to resist.
    Anyhow, thanks for linking! Love having you. And that skirt is awesome!

    • How funny – I think Sally mentioned that book as well. I’m a bit afraid to read it too because then it might cause me to go into another self-loathing tailspin. And yes, I did go deep into my closet for this outfit for just that reason. Thank goodness for this skirt from Patti which is unique enough to make my older pieces look new once again. I’ve actually sold more on Poshmark recently than I’ve purchased; good thing most sellers on there hardly ever answer questions, eh? Their loss is my gain. ;p

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