Changing My Patterns

This is the Blue Fish brand I still wear from the 1990s.

Everyone has some patterns in their life that could be tweaked, changed, or eliminated. For me, one I’ve been thinking about a lot is clothing. The number of times I have had to clean out my closet recently tells me that a) I often buy trendy things that actually don’t work out for my body type, and b) I keep gaining and losing weight, so I can’t wear half of what is in my closet at any one time. Then, things change, and I wish I hadn’t given all the previous stuff away. Now that I am just enjoying who I am and not stressing over my size, I do hope I’m stable.

I do try to buy clothing that will last a long time. I have been reading a lot about the “fast clothing” concept, and while it does provide some jobs for people overseas, I’d just rather conserve resources by buying things that will last me a long time, or can be re-used by someone else. That’s what I do with things that are way too small or way too large (depending on my current size).

Another Gudrun Sjoden sweater I got. It’s crazy.

That’s led me to a decision to try to buy clothing that is comfortable, gentle on my body, and will look fine on me at any size. There is lots out there that works, and much of it is also timeless and won’t look outdated in a year or two.

I used to do that pretty successfully when I was younger. In fact, still have and still wear some of the Blue Fish shirts and tunics I bought when I was living in Illinois, over 20 years ago. They aren’t inexpensive, and aren’t for everyone, but they sure hold up. Maybe I’ll get some more after a while.

I also looked into Gudrun Sjoden, which is a Swedish designer and manufacturer that makes happy clothing that fits different sized people. I liked their style and philosophy. In fact, some of the things the designer says about their clothing really resonate with me. She cares about the planet and the people in it, and they have a great range of sweaters, tops, and pants that are unique and can last and last. I bought a couple of items, and we’ll see how they hold up.

I’m wearing this as a tunic today, with an orange shawlette I knitted.

My plan is to only buy timeless things that will look good on me no matter what, and fewer of them. I did get some items on vacation, but they all fit the criteria. I got a black poncho, a dusty green pullover sweater, and a beautiful white tee. I can see wearing those for years. And I will probably keep buying comfy t-shirts from the Bling Box forever. That stuff also seems to hold up well, for inexpensive clothing.

I may look a little lumpy from now on, but by phasing out form-fitting attire that only works when I am size X, I’ll be able to rotate my clothing and not have to buy whole new wardrobes. I will be following the re-use mantra I believe in strongly, and I will look fine and happy, just like I feel.

What have you done to eliminate over-buying, dissatisfaction with clothing, and indulging in fads?

Author: Sue Ann (Suna) Kendall

The person behind The Hermits' Rest blog and many others. I'm a certified Texas Master Naturalist and love the nature of Milam County. I manage technical writers in Austin, help with Hearts Homes and Hands, a personal assistance service, in Cameron, and serve on three nonprofit boards. You may know me from La Leche League, knitting, iNaturalist, or Facebook. I'm interested in ALL of you!

One thought on “Changing My Patterns”

  1. Well you know how long I can hang on to a pair of flip flops! Years past the expiration date! I have a pretty good wardrobe now that is actually functional. I do have some things in there that I bought years ago that I have never or rarely worn. I once went nuts on an office apparel shopping spree. I wore one of the business suits twice, I think. Everything else just got stuffed into a box with the intent of giving away, but I lost the box. It was all very uncomfortable and I just bought what I thought looked super professional even if it was a little tight, or a little too loose. I have a few outfits that are “special occasion” and some dressier office wear, but mostly what I need is jeans/pants and T-shirts. I’m getting there for those kinds of things and weeding out/resisting things that are really cute, but I know I’ll never wear.

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