I love clothes, I love shopping, but sometimes the rampant consumerism of our culture makes me uncomfortable. In the third episode of Sahara, Michael Palin spent time with a group of nomads in Niger. I was busy packing around the time I was watching this. Let me be clear: I don't want to walk around the desert. I like tea shops and watching Breaking Bad on Netflix and hanging out with my dogs in my temperature-controlled house. But it's amazing how little stuff those people need! I CERTAINLY do not need as many clothes as I have. See below:
|My drawer full of tank tops|
|My drawer full of jeans|
|My closet: sweaters and sweatshirts on top, then, from left to right, shirts, skirts, dresses, and pants|
|My new shoes! (Seen before I bought them, when I texted a picture to my mom to get a second opinion)|
So. Here are my rules/caveats:
- No NEW clothes.
- That means clothes from thrift shops are A-OK. If the idea is to reduce consumption, buying from thrift shops makes sense. I also hope it will make me more creative and skilled in modifying clothes/
- Likewise, sewing my own clothes is okay. So I can buy material and a pattern.
- I am going to buy a new bathing suit. I had a fabulous retro-styled one, but I lost it. My current suit is a leopard print bikini top and men's orange swimming trunks.
- If I need basics like socks or underwear because they've worn out, I can replace them. REPLACE, though, not add more.
- I can buy jewelry/accessories. This is like a release, to make it easier, particularly because I'm going to be traveling around Europe in May/June and I know I'll want to buy myself things to remember little boutiques. This won't be a big deal, as I already have rules for myself regarding jewelry. I only buy jewelry if:
- It is made by an artist and is rare and special and high-quality OR
- It is really, really cheap
That's it! We'll see how it goes!