Monday, August 3, 2015

Outfits 32, 33 & 34/62 + A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy

Did you do anything fun this weekend? We were very low-key, but we did go to a fun barbeque Saturday night. There was a fire pit and s'mores and everything! Very summery. 


32/62: Grey t-shirt, chambray skirt, and white Converse.  


33/62: Black t-shirt, grey bird skirt, and Naot sandals.


34/62: White t-shirt, brown shorts, and white Converse.

I read this great little book that I loved! A Bunch of Pretty Things I Did Not Buy by Sarah Lazarovic. The author tells about the evolution of her shopping habits since childhood, with illustrations on almost every page. With great humor, she describes her current desire to buy fewer things, and to buy things of better quality so they will last longer. Her motto, with thanks to Michael Pollan, is, "Buy clothes. Not too many. Mostly quality." I think that's a great one for me, too. That's definitely a useful starting point for many of us who are interested in capsule wardrobes. 

Capsule wardrobes can help address so many clothing-related problems. Buying too many clothes can lead to:
* spending too much money
* wastefulness if you never wear the clothes
* decision fatigue when you can't decide what to wear 
* supporting fast fashion, which might be harming the workers who make the clothes
* harming the environment and using up resources for unnecessary clothing (dyes and bleaches end up in the water, and unwanted clothes end up in landfills).

Buying clothing more thoughtfully won't save the world, but it might help a little bit. And it can improve your own life by making it easy to get dressed every day, in clothes that you love and feel good about. It might save you money. It might help you look better, if you only buy clothes that are flattering, instead of thinking you need something in every shape and color. 

Unlike Lazarovic, I don't have the talent to paint beautiful pictures of things I'd like to buy, but I can pin the images, or make outfits on Polyvore. I'm going to try that the next time I feel like shopping impulsively - just pin it instead. Ok, I just started my Things I Didn't Buy board. If you start one, too, share the link! 

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