I am often heard preaching the virtues of buying less, owning less, buying better quality and fixing what can be fixed. However, I struggle with this myself. A born and bred bargain hunter, I loooove shopping. I love the thrill of the hunt.
Just yesterday, armed with a $25 gift card to a national mall retailer, I walked in and found rack after rack of super cute, trend forward clothing! Sales galore! I could get a great spring sweater, a few long sleeve t-shirts, and a trendy top and only pay $5 after I used my gift card!!! WOW!! right?!
I tried on dozens of items and spend a lot of time considering color, style, size, season, and the clothes that are already part of my wardrobe. Then I put it all back.
I went into the store today to buy something, anything. Because I had a gift card. Had I bought something, it simply would have been one more piece of stuff that made me feel good as I walked out of the store "successful" and drove home. I'd wear it a time or two and be quite pleased, but then, it would get shuffled to the back of my closet or the bottom of my drawer and forgotton about. I would find it when I switched my clothes for the season, put it away and by next year, it wouldn't be quite as interesting, I'd need something new.
So I left , unsuccessful, determined to own less crap and more things of value. Things made in a way that uphold the beliefs I have about cheap labor and safe working conditions. Things that stand the test of time both in style and quality. I love trendy fashion, but I am determined to try to find more creative ways to be on trend than just buying a new top for $14.99 that falls apart the 2nd time I wash it. Perhaps this is success after all?
Wish me luck on my journey from a love of fast fashion to embracing slow style.
I'm Denise Meyer, apparel designer in State College, PA, saving the world one clothing problem at a time!