Why is it that not shopping is so hard? Whenever we embark on a purposeful period of little to no consumption, we call it a challenge, and it really is.
I’ve been hemming and hawing over whether or not to participate in this year’s Slow Fashion Summer challenge because, frankly, I like getting new stuff. There’s a special high that I feel when I know that I’ll have a package waiting for me on my doorstep. I’m also always chasing that “perfect” wardrobe, always convinced that the next thing I add is the last thing I’ll need to complete my ideal closet (it never is).
Now that we’re down to the final few days before the challenge officially begins, I feel like I’m going into survivalist mode. Should I buy a bunch of stuff that I want now, before the challenge starts, so that I’ll have everything I need during my next three months of drought? No, I should not. That’s completely antithetical to this whole challenge, which is meant to help us examine our consumption habits as individuals and reduce the carbon footprint of the fashion industry as a collective group.
So I’m just going to try my best. The rules of the challenge allow for unlimited second-hand purchases, and since I’m basically a Poshmark warlock at this point, I think I can probably get anything I need without having to buy something brand new.
I am going to make some concessions for new items for already-in-the-works brand collaborations, and obviously, if all my underwear spontaneously combusts or my dog eats all my work shoes, I’m not going to make myself suffer, but for the most part I’ll try my hardest to commit to the spirit of the challenge.
Today I’m wearing my VETTA Boyfriend shirt, a thrifted Eileen Fisher skirt, and my Everlane Day Heels. Please enjoy my dog’s adorable rump, which she refused to move out of the shot because she is not at peace unless she is actively depositing fur onto my black clothing (she is colorblind but she can tell).
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