Love everything in your wardrobe

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How do you feel when you open up your wardrobe each day?  Do you like the clothes and accessories you see inside?  Does each piece give you a positive vibe, maybe reminding you of when you bought it or the last time your wore it?

The emotional roller coaster of getting dressed

I had a love-hate relationship with my (rather full) wardrobe.  I used to open it with anticipation thinking, “What do I feel like wearing today?”  It wasn’t like I didn’t have plenty of choices. After trying on a few things, I’d give up and go back to something predictable.  Then I’d spend the day thinking I could have done better and it was time to do a wardrobe edit.

Clothes represent a huge emotional and financial investment for many of us. First there’s the money we spend on buying clothes.  Then there’s the time spent in the acquisition process either in a shop or online.  Finally, there’s a lot of emotional energy in making that ultimate decision – should I/shouldn’t I? For me at least, it didn’t stop there.  If I bought an item, I’d spend energy mulling over whether it was worth it and what I’d wear it with.  If I didn’t buy it, I’d regret it and then have to backtrack to the shop by which time it was no longer available. Shopping consumed a lot of mental capacity (at least for me).

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What’s behind the price tag?

To Die For - Is Fashion Wearing Out The World by Lucy Siegle

I was sorting the laundry yesterday ready for a wash and for the first time I read the labels on my clothes.  Not just the care label but the composition label.  Until yesterday, I had no clue what my clothes were made out of.  Nor any inkling or appreciation of what had gone into the creation of a $12 Cotton On tank top (95% cotton, 5% spandex).

I am no eco-warrior or green nazi.  Sometimes I cheat and don’t sort my rubbish; however Lucy Siegle’s book, To Die For – Is Fashion Wearing Out The World?, was an eye-opener for me.  The book (at times heavy with stats and evidence) describes what goes on in the UK Fast Fashion world and the high environmental and human costs of producing clothes so cheap they’re hardly worth washing.  Yes it sounds cool to throw in $25 ballet flats into the trolley with your eggs and juice, but at what cost?  On the environment? On people involved in the manufacturing process?

I never realized what a nightmare my 100% cotton PJs were to produce.  Cotton is susceptible to insects and disease so a lot of pesticides are needed to guarantee a decent crop.  Cotton is hand picked.  And my eyes welled at the chapter of how it’s harvested  by children in Uzebekistan, which supplies 1/3 of world’s cotton.  Kids my son’s age are conscripted to pick cotton for 2 months each year in horrendous, sub-human conditions.

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