Still resisting temptation to buy any new outfits, especially with a summer holiday fast approaching. Whoever heard of not buying a new swimming costume, or dress, or a new pair of flip-flops when you know you’re going abroad? Ludicrous, I know. But I am holding onto my challenge and remaining steadfast to the principles I set out for myself over the next year: I do not need anything new, love what you already have.
It’s been really enjoyable seeing how I can put together different outfits with the clothes I already own, it helps me to appreciate afresh the things I do have. I’ve rediscovered old pieces of jewellery and shoes I hadn’t worn in ages and remembered the stories behind them. One of my favourite necklaces is a jade butterfly with a golden chain which was passed onto me when my great-grandma died. I wasn’t very old at the time, but it reminds me of the faint memory I have of her, how she was soft and had a beautiful smile.
See, this is the thing. If we’re constantly buying new things, for the sake of buying, for the sake of a bargain, for the sake of just having something new, what lasting stories are they creating? What are you looking forward to passing onto your children/grandchildren/nieces/nephews and the story you’ll be able to to tell to go with it?
The things we buy/wear should say something about us, and not just about what colours, prints or designers we like, but how we value where the clothes come from and the stories of the people who helped to make them. How beloved is that dress your mum made you when you selected the fabric with her and she spent hours at the sewing machine putting it together for you? The same principle applies to the people you don’t know who made your favourite shoes, your favourite bag. Were they paid fairly? Were they overworked?
This is the next part of my challenge: to investigate the clothing brands which are providing fair wages and producing materials in an ethical way. Hopefully a lovely, sparkly list will be on it’s way soon!