How do you do your part?

How do you do your part?

By now you must be aware of the cost fashion can impose on the environment and workers in the fashion industry. Or maybe you thought it was all “fixed”.  Things have improved. You now have choices about how and where your clothing was made and who made it. Yet fashion is still an industry that is about churning out more because stockholders and everyone employed needs to make money.

 I’m not sure what would happen to the economy if consumers began buying less items of a higher quality that are made or refashioned locally. There would probably be some turmoil if it happened all at once. I do think if we all start to make better and more thoughtful choices companies will respond with less and better quality product and hopefully higher worker pay. It may cut off my flow of thrift store finds because now everyone has things they love, that fit them well and they aren’t shopping for entertainment anymore which would result in less to get rid of.

I tend to take the easy way out and shop thrift and consignment stores. I am also the one that picks up fabric and sewing notions from thrift and fellow seamstress give a ways.

How do you make sure your clothing is a responsible choice?

Life’s too short

Life’s too short

Ever told yourself I’ll get myself nice clothes when I lose weight? Have more time? Have more money?

That is delaying and excusing and putting off happiness. I know because I have used all of them. There was a store in downtown Seattle called Thomas Teifer. I walked past it for 20+ years always telling myself I would buy an outfit there as a reward when I reached my ideal weight. Well guess what? My weight hasn’t changed in 20 years and now the store is closed. What kind of message was I giving myself? That I’m not worthy until I’m thin? That I can’t be happy till I’m thin.  Where did that come from?

Those messages are given to us subliminally and overtly every day. They come from within and without and it is important they don’t get stuck in our head. Because life is too short to tell ourselves that we can’t be happy till we reach our end goal. The journey is the game. Be happy now and don’t wear boring clothes (unless you really want to).

What have you delayed knowingly or unknowingly in your life until it was too late? Enjoy the journey. We’re all going to the same place in the end may as well have some fun on the way.

Here are two places to get ideas to avoid the  boring clothes conundrum.

Thanksgiving jumpsuit by The Outfit Repeater

London Menswear

Set up a time now to discuss how to get rid of your boring clothes

Your image brand

In October we toured southern music towns. In Louisville we attended Bourbon and Beyond. The artists all had a distinctive image which matched their music style. Lenny Kravitz was cool rocker dude superstar, Sheryl Crow sexy older woman who didn’t have to try hard to look sexy, Joseph was delicate ethereal, David Byrne was studied suited and barefoot, John Maier was relaxed in a robe. These folks are superstars. They can wear what they want. What came first? Did their style evolve as a result of their music or did their music and style evolve together to create an image without dissonance?

As a side note I was looking forward to seeing what styles the audience brought to the show but the deluge of rain was the semi- great equalizer. There were still distinct styles.

  • The hiker rain gear and hiking boots (that was mine) of gore tex and breathable rain gear. This did not make the functionality cut. In a torrential downpour that went on for hours I was soaked.
  • The did not prepare at all for this type of weather group wearing normal concert clothing and flip flops and sandals or tennis shoes under see through ponchos purchased at the show.
  • The well prepared wearing the type of heavy rubber rain gear and knee high rubber boots you would wear out in a fishing boat.

By the end of the night it didn’t matter. We were all clay mud soaked to the ankle and beyond depending on whether or not you had fallen into the mud pit that used to be a grassy park.

What you wear can project your brand. If your brand is unclear it may be a result of you being unclear about your personal path or identity. And that is OK. We change over time and we lose our way at times as we go through these changes. It takes time to adjust mentally and the style we project to the world doesn’t catch up that fast unless you take the time to work on it.

How about you? Does your outer image project what is on the inside? I am happy to help you evaluate your image and help you reach the image you want to project.

I LOVE my closet

I LOVE my closet

Have you tried the capsule wardrobe when traveling for an extended period? There is  nothing like extended traveling to remind you how much you appreciate certain things.

Last week we returned from 7 weeks on a road trip. We went from the colds of a fall in Glacier National Park to a milder fall in Michigan to the wet of a SE US fall to the humidity of Key West, 17 degrees and snow in Denver and back. A packing challenge to say the least. I put my cold weather outer and under layers in a small backpack since they were the least time of our travels. This outer gear consisted of a raincoat, long underwear, a packable down, hiking boots, wool socks and a hat and gloves.

Here is my list for the rest of the trip:

  • 2 pair shorts khaki
  • 7 pair underwear and an extra bra
  • 2 pair foot liners
  • 4 pair misc. socks
  • 2 shirts (one blue t shirt and one grey sleeveless)
  • One pair grey jeans
  • One knit lightweight jacket in heathered grey.
  • One blue and white sundress with scarf (which I never wore )
  • A wide belt in brown.
  • A small bag of jewelry (2” x 3”)
  • A swimsuit
  • Flip flops
  • Walking shoes
  • 2 pair lightweight somewhat dressier shoes

It worked but I am so glad to see my closet. This was so repetitive. It did make dressing easy but I know I couldn’t live with just one capsule wardrobe at this point in my life. Variety IS the spice of life. Life IS too short to wear boring clothes. At least there was variety in locales and some new thrift and consignment stores to browse along the way.

How do you throw some spice in that travel capsule?