Truth And Consequences

Spring is here which means it is time to transition between my cold and warm weather wardrobes. This ritual always causes me to reflect on my clothing purchases. Especially as I become more aware of the environmental and human impact if my shopping choices.

We had dinner with my old roommate Chris last weekend and we were talking about a purchase he made during the pandemic. He bought some boots online and they just weren’t comfortable. He wore them out hoping to break them in but it didn’t help. And then they were too worn to return.

So he is wearing cruel shoes because, as he said, actions have consequences. They were expensive boots, so he was invested in them monetarily. Not wearing them and getting new boots wouldn’t be much different than throwing them away. And he’s got no time to figure out the resale market. The only way to amortize the ethical cost of this footwear faux pas is to wear them.

I feel kind of the same way with every singke piece pictured above. The green jeans and jacket were early pandemic purchases. I got the sizing wrong on the jeans plus they have stretch in them which makes them fit even more awkwardly. Yet because stretchy fabrics are extra bad for the planet, the only way to assuage my guilt about these unflattering trousers is too wear them. The jacket has a similar story except that it is extra unwearable because it doesn’t have buttons.

The vintage cashmere Cacheral sweater was a thrift score. It just does suit me—the vneck is too high and the greyness drains all colour from my face. But I so desperately want it to work that I drag it out of the drawer to try at least once a month. I have a Pinterest board dedicated to different looks using grey, vnexk pullovers.

Because I’ve made my clothing bed and now its time to lie in it.