Today is Earth Day, and in honor of this global celebration of environmental consciousness, I’d love to hear about your own personal policies when it comes to earth conscious shopping and consumption. As I’ve said many times, I find most of the information and opinions about sustainable style to be overwhelming and contradictory, so I’m yet to settle on a core policy. But I thrift and I donate on a regular basis. I recycle old clothes into household rags and overdye garments that will get more use in a different shade. I limit my fast fashion purchases and support as many local vendors as I can, as well as buying from designers like Prairie Underground who make garments from organic fibers.
What steps do you take to be environmentally conscious when it comes to shopping and style? Do you thrift? Repurpose? Make your own garments? Buy local or items made from sustainably farmed fibers? Got any resources or articles to recommend to others who are looking to be more earth-friendly in their style-related practices?
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Although there are several wardrobe pillars that nearly every woman is willing to invest in – generally at least one from the classic triad of handbags, coats, and shoes qualifies – there is always some fascinating variation. Some women don’t give a hoot about bags but will spend big on coats. others don’t care about any of the triad, but will plunk down the big bucks for properly fitting bras and undergarments. Plenty need to invest in suiting or work attire for career reasons while others have learned that springing for perfectly fitting designer jeans is a wise use of hard-earned cash.
Me? I am perfectly happy to thrift my tees and layering items, buy my button-front shirts secondhand, and stick to cheap but sparkly costume jewelry. I am more likely to spend big on boots than sandals, but always go for quality handbags. My coats are a mish-mosh of thrifted and cheap lightweight coats and expensive, reliably warm and well-designed down coats. And although I find blazers fairly difficult to fit, nearly all of mine are thrifted. I just can’t stomach paying $200 for a brand new blazer for some reason!
How about you? Do you scrimp on jeans and spend big on dress pants? Put serious money towards shoes, coats, or handbags? Which items will you thrift versus the ones you prefer to buy brand new?
So before we dive in, two quick reminders: No one gets to tell you that you “can’t” wear certain things, and no one gets to tell you that you “shouldn’t” wear certain things. No garment or accessory will cause a body to burst into flames. If you love it and it makes you feel amazing, wear it.
That said, most women have items or styles or combinations that we tend to avoid. We’ve tried them, we’ve tried tweaking them in 90 bajillion ways, we’ve tried asking for help … and they just don’t work. Not how they work on others. I’d say most women have a list of “I wish I could wear” pieces and styles lurking in the backs of their brains.
The one that trips me up every time? I cannot, for the life of me, feel comfortable and classic and cool – the way I think I should feel – in jeans and a tee shirt. I never feel my best and have never landed on a jean/tee combo that I feel truly works for my figure. There are so many other fun styles that I love wearing, I’m hardly missing out. But I do occasionally wish I could just throw on a cool graphic tee and well-loved pair of jeans and saunter out the door feeling done.
And you? What do you wish you could wear? What trips you up about this item or style?