Wardrobe Fast Days 9+10

I’m joining the Write 31 Days Challenge hosted by Crystal Stine to get my blog juices flowing and chronicle my Wardrobe Fast journey. You can find the first post in the series here.

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Day 9

I felt fine about my Tuesday clothes, but the rest of life was wearing me out. 😉

Day 10

And we’re back to Wednesday’s outfit. I have to say, when I’m wearing something I enjoy and feel comfortable in, I feel just a tiny spring in my step. I’m learning that I’m a big fan of the clothes I’ve picked for this challenge, and I’m curious to see how I feel about the garbage bag full of other stuff that I squirreled away in the laundry room.

Yes, that’s right: I took everything else out of my drawers (except for some jammies and workout gear) so that I have less to look at when it’s time to get dressed–though it doesn’t matter much since my clothes are already pre-chosen because of the Fast.

It’s freeing and makes me wonder why my drawers were so full to begin with. If I’m happy with just these things, do I really need more? The answer I think, ultimately, is yes and no.

I don’t really need more than these seven outfits, but each piece would probably last longer if it were rotated in less frequently. However, if I’m happy with these pieces, I could see trying to duplicate them with something similar.

Not to be gross, but before re-starting this challenge, I had started wearing my clothes two (or even three!) days in a row if they weren’t sweaty, smelly, or dirty. I’d simply take them off for bed and put them back on in the morning.

I could see where the magic number of tops (for me) would be 12-14, some more casual and some fancier. If they were worn two days in a row, that would mean I would only wear a shirt once a month-ish. And that sounds pretty comfortable for right now.

Do you have a system for your clothes? I’d love to hear about it!

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Wardrobe Fast Day 8

I’m joining the Write 31 Days Challenge hosted by Crystal Stine to get my blog juices flowing and chronicle my Wardrobe Fast journey. You can find the first post in the series here.

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Day 8

Butterflies and jeans again. And a lap lander for an episode of Mr. Rogers.

The Wardrobe Fast was birthed in part out of laziness. As a stay-at-home mom working as a freelance editor before the kids woke up and during nap time (and sometimes after bedtime, too), facing my dresser drawers every morning was just one more hurdle in a very long obstacle course.

I still found pockets of time for reading in that season and happened upon The Paradox of Choice by Barry Schwartz. You can see his TED Talk here. The premise is that some choice is good; too much or too little is bad.

He offers a theory called satisficing that sounded like the right approach to getting dressed (for me, anyway):

The alternative to maximizing is to be a satisficer. To satisfice is to settle for something that is good enough and not worry about the possibility that there might be something better.

While doing the Wardrobe Fast, I don’t have to think about my clothes. I just pull on these things because it’s Monday, and then I get to living life. And in the season of little people who grow too fast (a season that is also equally ugly with its toddler power struggles and crippling self-doubt about parenting abilities), I need all the extra time and mental space I can get.

How do you keep things simple? Are you a satisficer in certain aspects of life?

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Wardrobe Fast Days 6+7

I’m joining the Write 31 Days Challenge hosted by Crystal Stine to get my blog juices flowing and chronicle my Wardrobe Fast journey. You can find the first post in the series here.

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Day 6

Dress: Pact Organic

My legs needed to breathe a bit after all the jeans. 😉

This spring, I had the chance to spend a wad of money for the first time…well, really since I’ve gotten married on something not necessary, something of my choosing.

It was glorious and difficult to choose wisely and encouraging that Matt and I had trouble getting to the ends of our respective wads before realizing that we’d been so strategic that we were content to stop spending.

And then our 8-year-old needed braces. So there went the rest of it anyway.

I purchased several items from Pact because of their organic cotton (way lower environmental effect) and fair trade policies. I purchased the dress seen above, a pair of sweatpants, a sweatshirt, socks, and a pajama romper.

After so many years of tight, frugal living, it was so strange to get a bit package of things I didn’t *need* or that I could have bought used. But each piece was so soft and well-made that I’m glad I spent the money. They’ll all be with me for a long time to come.

I get lots of compliments on this dress, which was a pleasant surprise, and it has pockets. Pockets!

(But it is actually supposed to cool down here, so they say. I’m not sure I believe them, but if it does cool down, I reserve the right to add leggings. Because it’s my challenge and I’ll be warm if I want to.

Day 7

Top: Boden silk shirt

Pants: D&G, thrifted from TheRealReal

For some reason, I get Boden catalogs in the mail. Never ordered from them, but they started showing up and we started looking at them.

I love the clothes. My husband loves them more. I am so hesitant in buying clothes (see the long explanatory post above to justify buying five things) that he threatened to just order stuff from them for me.

So I finally looked at their website to find a sustainability statement. I expected the typical short, managemnt-speak page about caring and self auditing. Instead, I found a lengthy description of what they’re doing and what they hope to do better.

This is not a fair trade company by any means. The clothes are conventionally dyed and often made from synthetic materials.

But. They’re. so. pretty. And they’re moving the right way.

I can get behind that on occasion.

I bought a single silk shirt and still feel a little ambivalent about it. But it’s lovely and I’ll wear it for years. And supporting a company with proven stay-ability as it moves toward greater sustainability makes sense to me.

What are your thoughts on buying from less than perfect companies?

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Wardrobe Fast Day 5

I’m joining the Write 31 Days Challenge hosted by Crystal Stine to get my blog juices flowing and chronicle my Wardrobe Fast journey. You can find the first post in the series here.

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Day 5

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Top: New York Times t-shirt from The New York Times

Jeans: third pair of thrifted jeans

Shoes: Chuck Taylors, purchased new May 2018

My husband, Matthew, bought me this t-shirt for my birthday. We subscribed to The Times after the 2016 election. Advertising about truth and its importance in this particular moment spoke right to our wallets. Plus, the writing is tremendous and the whole endeavor makes us feel pretty darn adult.

But I don’t know how it was made. The tag says Nicaragua, but that doesn’t tell me anything about the factory conditions, environmental practices, or pollution to the local area. I love The Times and know by their quick retractions and journalistic spirit that they aim for objectivity and transparency.

But that doesn’t mean they didn’t make a hard business call and choose money over principle. And it doesn’t mean that they chose money over treating people fairly.

It just means that I don’t know.

The lovely thing about the internet age is that when you don’t know, you can ask.

So that’s exactly what I did in my Instagram post:

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I simply tagged @nytimes (and @nytimesstore and @nytimesfashion) in my post asking “who made my clothes?” And we’ll wait to see if I get a response. If not, I know where to find them online and we’ll try another avenue to ask about the shirt.

I could do the same with my Chuck Taylors. And maybe I will.

Have you ever contacted a company to ask about their ethical practices? What might keep you from trying? I’d love to hear about it down below!

 

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Wardrobe Fast Day 4

I’m joining the Write 31 Days Challenge hosted by Crystal Stine to get my blog juices flowing and chronicle my Wardrobe Fast journey. You can find the first post in the series here.

Day 4

Busy day, but I didn’t want to not post!

Top: thrifted

Jeans: same as yesterday

Dr. Pepper: because I’m a crazy lady who randomly decided to rearrange her kids’ room and playroom.

And now, I’m beat! More ethical shop talk tomorrow.

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