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).
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 There is lots out there that works, and much of it is also timeless and won’t look outdated in a year or two.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.
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?