Tomorrow you will see my post on the Overdressed Interview. This book really changed my outlook on fashion and dressing. I wanted to share my focus on three major reasons why I want to change the way I buy.
1. Investment. What happened to having a piece of clothing for life? Is our generation going to have clothes to pass down? Are we even going to have vintage in the future? I want to be purchasing clothing that I can keep for more than one season, and hopefully years. I know this will be a difficult feat due to manufacturing quality and prices now, but I would like to make better purchasing decisions with my wardrobe.
2. Environment impact. It really sickens me to throw away clothing. Even the clothes we donate frequently make it to the dump as well. On average, we throw away 60 pounds of clothes a year. That’s really absurd. While I can’t change the world, I would like to lessen my impact and footprint.
3. Economic responsibility. Now, this is a controversial topic. Let’s talk the whole “Made in USA” agreement. This is not a political discussion. This is about supporting the country I live in. This is about supporting my fellow Americans. I intend to purchase as much as I can from the USA. While it will be a difficult task, it’s something that is truly important to me. Something to think about: wouldn’t it be amazing to have more sources for incredible fashion in this country? Wouldn’t it be great to create jobs for friends or family and help rebuild our country?
Now, this is a lot to think about. It takes a lot of energy to make such a significant change, especially for something as important as our wardrobes. I ask you to consider your choices. Do you want to continue to have disaposable clothing? Do you want to be a factor adding to our nation’s consumption and trash problem?
Let me know what you think. Where do you stand?