Following along with Cheryl’s advocacy for cleaning up the mess in our closets, ridding ourselves of the skeletons in there – I shall add -, let me draw your attention a bit more to the issue of quality.
Quality materials and quality craftsmanship that is, both of them paralleled with uncompromising ethics. Something you and I should strive for every time a new piece of garment enters that airy closet.
Be choosy, be demanding and while you are confident that the new addition is not going to promote the re-swelling of your wardrobe already narrowed down to your absolute needs making you feel good about yourself – strive for heirloom quality. In every possible item, from underwear to work clothes.
By heirloom I don’t necessarily mean something you pass down to your child, but definitely something of that material and spiritual value. It’s likely, that not every item will end up being of that exquisite quality, especially if you are starting out being your own tailor, seamstress and all right now – kind of like us. You should still value the effort, the attention to details you contributed to the less than ideal garments. But aim for heirloom, make your learning curve steep and stay creative. We, for example, will not keep any more t-shirts in our wardrobe.
I am dreaming of a time, when secondhand clothing stores – starting out with one, perhaps yours, and then multiplying from there – will only carry such clothes for sale. Used, all-organic heirloom clothes. When throwing clothes into the garbage all of a sudden becomes nonsensical.
Are you with me on this?!