“There’s this idea that somehow you’ve got to keep changing things, and as often as possible. Maybe if people just decided not to buy anything for a while, they’d get a chance to think about what they wanted; what they really liked.” – Vivienne Westwood
I’ve been thinking about the topic of eco-friendly consumption for some while now and it has been discussed all over the ‘net, for example here. Everyone seems to agree on the fact that our attitude – primarily towards shopping – has to be changed, but many of us don’t know in how far. Lots of suggestions have been made, from thrifting and recycling to only buying locally-produced goods. However, I’m of the opinion that besides thinking about what we buy, it is important to consider how much we buy. Therefore, I liked this quote by Vivienne Westwood I read on Tricia’s journal. I like the idea of not purchasing anything in a while and just thinking about what you already have and what you really love and need. Actually, that’s what I’m trying to do right now, including finding my favourite items in my closet, thinking about new ways to combine them and what may be needed to complete my wardrobe. I try to concentrate on my own taste and sense of style without being influenced by trends too much. If I notice I really want and need something, I can still decide whether I want to buy it at a thrift store, from a local designer or make it myself. In addition, I can concentrate on what I need when thrifting and I won’t buy anything just because it’s cheap or “quite nice”.
I found these favourites of mine by looking through my outfit-photos of the last years and taking a look at my wardrobe. Of course there are some more, but here’s a selection:
There are my green thrifted blouse, yellow cardigan, handmade shirt, handmade skirt, red jeans, red cordury skirt, red campers, brown flats and brown scarf. These are the pieces that I wear most and that I really love. Although I always did that, I will try even more to built something new using what I already have now (including fabrics on my stash). In addition, I want to find the things in my wardrobe that I love, but don’t wear much and try to think of new ways to integrate them in my outfits. And, as mentioned above, if I need something, I can still decide whether I want to buy it (and where) or, for example, make it myself. In my opinion, we could save a lot of money and resources if we took a look at our closets and tried to think of new solutions before buying something new. We buy clothes that are similiar to something we already have or that could have been made out of something old so often. It’s not about stopping to buy things, but about buying less that are more right.