I’ve loved clothes for a long long time. A loooong time. So it’s no secret that I have accumulated a lot of it over the years. And guess what, I’m keeping them!
I know it’s minimalist nation these days, but I LOVE MY CLOTHES. I’m a fashion girl and asking me to get rid of them is like asking me to rip off my own arm. Though taking off a limb would probably hurt less. I’m not shallow or materialistic, but fashion is my art. It’s the way in which I express myself, my moods, my creativity, my rai·son d’ê·tre. If that’s not a good enough reason for you, here are some others.
It’s not environmentally friendly.
I’m about the environment first and foremost. I’ve always been. So given the option to trash the clothing only to add to already overflowing landfills and possibly leaking dangerous chemicals into the earth, or keeping them, I’m choosing to keep them in my closet.
I can upcycle it myself.
I’ve been upcycling things for as long as I can remember, and not only with clothing. I can remember using one of those boxes they put jewelry in when you purchase it and a pair of broken headphones to make a walkman for my Koala Bear. Yeah….I know…… But the point is that I’m more than capable of taking my clothing and making it into something else that I will wear. If I’ve stopped wearing it. Which is highly unlikely because I cycle through my clothing frequently, because I need a lot of diversity in my life. After all, variety is the spice of life, and I like things spicy! ( This is not a joke. I’m a Texas Pete on pizza, Siracha in the ketchup kinda girl. )
I have always chosen what I love regardless of price.
I have my own style and I don’t really follow trends. I have shoes from 15 years ago that I still wear. (Well, not since they finally called it quits and my heart died a little.) So, most of what I own are things that I plan to keep for long periods of time. Plus, I make a point to take care of it. Provided, of course, I can wrestle my shoes away from my nieces.
So for these reasons don’t expect to see a mass exodus of my clothing or to see me building a capsule wardrobe any time soon. That’s just not how I do things. I’m a firm believer that ethical and sustainable living is not a crash diet. It’s a lifestyle change. And, if you’re going to do a lifestyle change you have to stay true to you or eventually you’ll give it up all together. Besides, most of my wardrobe comes from the thrift store anyway 😀