Friday, June 29, 2012

Disposable fashion

Clothing has become so inexpensive that for some folks they end up throwing out their closet every season.  This is done both in order to stay fashionable and because the clothing is of such cheap quality.

How do we break the habit of buying cheap, poor quality clothing?  Following are a couple of recommendations by Marilyn DeLong, a professor in apparel study at the University of Minnesota's College of Design. (Is disposable fashion worth the price?, Katherine Tillotson, StarTribune)

1.  Consider the length of time the garment will be in use.  If it to be worn only once it might make more sense to rent.
2.  Heighten attachment to clothing with great craftsmanship.  Choose wisely!

To this list I would add consider purchasing quality clothing at thrift stores.  Not only does this save you money, it also reduces waste.

Rather than feeling compelled to chase the latest fashion trends, simply hang with the clothes you love, and wait for the trend to find you in another 5 to 10 years ;-)

I wrote about the benefits of reducing one's wardrobe in an earlier blog, Beauty of a simple wardrobe.

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