Button ups and blouses- 13
Knit shirts (T-shrits, long sleeves)-15
Shorts and capries-4
Yoga pants/leggings- 4
Regardless of what you may think, this is a lot of clothing for one human.
I’ll have to admit it’s easy to get sucked into a world of fast fashion. It’s almost a habit to checks shops both online and in store like Forever 21, H&M, and those like it that produce such a high turn over of cheap trendy clothing. It’s the first place I’ll look when I think I need a new article of clothing. They constantly have great new items posted and filling their stores every day. Plus who doesn’t love a great deal! That’s what we’re programed to believe at least. Sales, deals and cheap, cheap, cheap, that’s the way it should be.
I use to be so addicted to Forever 21 because I could fill up my shopping basket with 6 to 12 items for all under $120l Score! As a strapped for cash college student this seemed like the best solution to keep cute and trendy.
Today I look at a dress worth $150 and I’m almost offended that a company would charge that much when I can find something similar for $25 at a cheaper store. Is this healthy? In our pursuit to spend less and ultimately prizing quantity over quality have we given up on caring where these garments come from? Why they can be sold for such a low cost? And what happens with them when we toss them? I know I didn't give it much thought.
A few weeks back I came across this book called Overdressed, The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion. I couldn’t put this book down. It’s altered my view on the value of clothing and staying “Trendy.” I can’t recommend this book enough to everybody. I want to share more but I’ll be saving that for future post.
So the start of my experiment begins here. I’m committing the remainder of this year to stretch out my own wardrobe. If I need to something new I’ll either purchase only quality items for independent designers and real sustainable companies, visit more thrift shops, and sew my own clothing when needed. I see this as not only an experiment but also hopefully a huge eye opening experience for the way I value the work that goes behind quality goods and that I’ll loose this mass mentality of disposable clothing.
I don’t think this will change my whole world, but if anything I believe it will make me think before I make an impulse buy and create a greater passion and love for the garments I sew for myself and others.