Fashion! Turn to the left.
Fashion! Right. Fashion!
I’ve recently embarked on a clothes buying ban. It’s been 3 months since my last purchase. Which was a tie-dyed t-shirt EXACT MATCH for one Taylor Swift wore, in the behind the scenes video from the “You Need to Calm Down” video (for my fellow Swifties ). It’s funky and comfy but not exactly a bargain when you factor in the exchange rate and international postage and not exactly timeless when you factor in the tie-dye factor.
Any-hoo…I’ve realised that I tend to wear the same things over again (‘you ALWAYS wear THAT dress’ a 4-year-old commented…eye-roll with the attitude) and that my purchases are often made on a whim or in an attempt to shift my mood. I’m tired and hungry…buying this $80 t-shirt will make me feel better… Delivery 6-8 weeks… WTAF?! It’s not great for the environment or the wallet either so I’m taking a break from buying.
Elizabeth Cline author of “The Conscious Closet” writes, “It might sound like deprivation, but many people, including me, who go on a brief shopping diet or just cut back on their purchases discover life-changing benefits: It can free up time and money to spend on anything from organizing your wardrobe or house, hanging out with friends or family, or even funding a more fulfilling hobby. Shopping less can be one of the easiest and cheapest ways to be more sustainable. By skipping a new pair of jeans, you’ve saved the planet 1,800 gallons of water, the amount each American drinks in THIRTY YEARS! By skipping a pair of leather shoes, you are cutting your carbon impact by 10 kgs, the same as NOT burning ten pounds of coal. A little bit of restraint goes a long way”.
But don’t despair dear reader, for the fashion parade that is my life is not over…I’ve been quite strict with my wardrobe in true Kondo fashion but there are still some things in there I had forgotten about or hardly worn. It’s actually a fun creative challenge to find something to wear for an occasion without giving myself the option of exclaiming, “I have nothing to wear!” and hightailing it to the shops. I started with an inspiration from a celeb (obvs.). For a festive lunch, I had a pic of ‘Hailey Bieber goes to the skincare clinic’ as inspo. While I’m unsure about her husband choice, I can endorse her style in a cream cashmere cardie and jeans. I didn’t have an exact match but I aimed to recreate the vibe of the thing with a pink button up top and jeans.
For Christmas Day, I had the phrase “Drew Barrymore goes to a garden party” in mind. I rediscovered a polka-dot jumpsuit, ruffled shoes and a floppy white hat. I was comfy and happy in my celeb-adjacent outfits on these occasions. Deep bow Hailey and Drew.
I’m also looking forward to going to some clothing swaps, getting items repaired as needed, renting things if I really need to and pulling out more unworn gems from my wardrobe like my hippy cape or my Grandpa cords. Keep your eye out for some radical street style! Do you spend much on clothes? I’d love to hear your tips and tricks.
Love and light and turn to the left xxx Yvette
Elizabeth Cline “The Conscious Closet”: Clothing is one of the leading driver’s of climate change, responsible for 8% of all carbon emissions, more than all international flights combined. Clothing is also one of the fastest-growing categories of waste to landfills, with one garbage truck of clothes dumped every two minutes in the U.S. For the sake of humanity and the environment, we need to be more mindful about our clothes. As Cline reveals, being more intentional about our clothing choices feels better and looks better, too.
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