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