A break through moment for me, was discovering my roommate's perfect wardrobe. Observing her always finishing the look with a nice blazer, cardigan, et cetera..., while I always ended up throwing on a black unattractive cardigan over my otherwise well thought trough outfit, made me think. She spends more on clothes, but yet she has less clothes than I do. Also, she always have something fitting to wear. Hmmmm...?
After some revising of my habits, I learned that I might be shopping too economically- so much that I end up buying the cheap version of the item I actually wanted or needed. This habit lead me to being the kind of person that have a closet full of clothes and nothing to wear. I own five black dresses, that I wear at best once a year because they're either too short (being 6 feet, that's a shopping mistake I often make), the material too thin, or in a style I'm not that into. At the price of five dresses, I could have bought one really great black dress, in good quality, that fits perfectly, that I can wear everywhere and use frequently.
I try to learn from my mistakes, so this year when I needed a basic outfit update, I went all out and bought a great pair of quality black skinny jeans, real Dr.Martens (not the copy), and the perfect cardigan (that I almost didn't buy because it costed £40. Old habits die hard). Now, I wear those pieces almost eeeevery day, I love it, I feel great in it, it's cool, it fits great, and it keeps the "new look" for a remarkably long time. Quality saves money and the environment, people.
So, in the spirit of having clothes that I actually feel like wearing, I cleaned out my closet, and gave nine bags of clothes to charity. More room to see what I have, with a side dish of a good conscience. I had a friend help me, got real tough about it and even got rid of the clothes that I actually like, but is either too short, not my shape, not my color, or in fact I never wear it because It's not me anymore. From now on I will have to try to buy stuff that I can actually wear.
Today, these three items (see photo above) are going to a friend's closet, where they will have a much better purpose than just filling up mine.
Conclusively, it costs more to buy cheap at times. In the time of consumerism, child labour, underpaid third world workers and global warming, I feel it is my duty to think about my responsibilities as a consumer.
Because it ultimately effects others.
Photo: Dress 1: Too short, dress 2: Not my color, Jacket: Not my shape.