Dara sent me a link to this piece on Slate, an excerpt from the book Overdressed: the Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion. Thanks, Dara.
If you’ve pared your wardrobe down significantly you’ve probably made a few donations at a charity shop or thrift store. It probably felt good, as it should.
But did you think about how much of your clothing would actually be resold?
Did you think about where those cheap t-shirts from Target would end up?
Did you know that the market for those cheap second hand clothes is dwindling? That in a lot of cases you would be best off cutting up those t-shirts for use around the house. Great resource for using old t-shirts from Kristen at The Frugal Girl: Reuse, Refresh, Repurpose.
Cheap clothes have a high cost.
I know all of this. That my cheap clothes aren’t ethically sourced, they’re made for pennies by people working in terrible conditions and that they won’t last.
And yet… I find it really hard to break the cycle.
I find it hard to invest in expensive clothing.
I find it challenging to source clothing that is ethically made and comes in my size that I like. Love the Versalette but not sure it would fit my 6ft size 14 frame.
So I have t-shirts from the Gap that I will only get a year or two of wear from. I have pieces from J. Crew that were made in Indonesian sweat shops.
The only inroads I’ve made wardrobe wise is with my shoes. I have a pair of Frye boots that are American made. I had hoped my Tiekts flats were ethically made but a bit of research reveals they are made overseas (no specific country listed).
I need and I want to buy well made, ethically sourced clothing but I have yet to really commit to it. The only thing I can give myself props for is that we buy a lot less now. So we have a lot less going to donations and from there less that will end up in a landfill.
Have any of you made the switch to local and ethically sourced clothing? Can you share any brands you like or stores that specialize in this type of clothing?