Prada scores disturbingly low on the Forced Labor index. Adidas, H&M, Lululemon scored better, but still not 100. Why not 100?? Also
“One recent study found that in nine countries (including China, India, Uzbekistan and Pakistan), which produce 65 percent of the world’s cotton, forced labor is a significant issue” Know the Chain
So disturbing, and why it’s better to buy as small as possible. But even then, where does the cotton come from? Sometimes we don’t even know that. Trying to buy better isn’t as easy as it sounds. But we must do what we can I think.
Buy what you love?? I don’t know, if I hear this one more time I think I’m going to scream. Zady featured this article in their link roundup this week, which brought it to my attention, even though it’s an “old” article. It’s a familiar refrain among those of us who encourage each other to buy less, and buy more thoughtfully, but it’s not so simple to just “buy what you love.” The reasoning is that you buy what you love, presumably spending more on it, but having it, using it, cherishing it for longer because you love it.
I have learned that hard lesson over and over and over the last few years: I buy what I love, thinking I will wear it all the time, and it will be an integral part of my wardrobe, and then it ends up sitting unworn, unused, and ultimately unloved. But you’re inevitably going to make mistakes when emotion is involved. Even when it’s tempered with some practicality.
I keep saying I will write more on this, and I will, but I find these soundbites so frustrating. Buy what you love, less is more, quality over quantity, etc. etc., are easy to say, but they don’t always WORK or end up actually leading to buying/having less, or a more coherent closet.
It’s the last weekend for the James Perse holiday sale. If you haven’t bought anything, and are interested in trying JP, I recommend this long sleeve split skinny dress. I had this in gray that I bought last year and sold it because I wished it was black, but I loved it; the brushed jersey is really cozy and comfortable and the back slit makes it easy to walk in. It layers nicely under a big cardigan too. I still haven’t bought anything yet.
I placed an order at Garmentory (< when you use my referral link to create an account you’ll get a $20 credit and so will I) late last week for a Chan Luu cashmere/silk scarf (can you believe I don’t have even one lightweight scarf? And I keep reaching for one…) and an Organic by John Patrick bias cami. I used mostly store credit to pay for it. I haven’t received the scarf yet, but I got the cami earlier this week and have already worn it (under my Everlane cashmere turtleneck). I ordered the large because according to the size charts, that’s the size I needed to fit my hips, and it’s a good thing I did get the large! I had to cinch the straps up a lot, to make it shorter, and to make it fit my hips, but I’m so happy with it. I would actually like it to be even shorter, so I may cut it off (the hem is “raw” anyway) a few more inches, but we’ll see…It’s such a great layer, and really soft and satiny under a cashmere sweater. I’m very pleased, and happy to add another Organic by John Patrick item to my wardrobe. (here’s the black cami at The Dreslyn on sale + extra 20% off!!)
From Shopbop I ordered (with store credit I earn for displaying their widget) Rag & Bone/JEAN capri jeans in gray/distressed since they were on sale + an extra 30% off – they’d been 0n my wish list for a while. I have a pair of capri jeans that a friend gave me and I love them, but they are a mid-rise and these new ones are higher. And I’ve searched for years for a great pair of gray jeans. I also ordered this Rag & Bone/JEAN turtleneck (in stripes!!) because I keep wishing I had another striped top, and I need one more slim turtleneck (I only have the James Perse brushed jersey one and it seems to always be in the laundry…) for layering. I saw it in the store yesterday though and it is REALLY thin, so I may not like it on me.
Speaking of adding to my wardrobe: my goal is to keep my “number” around 200, adding and subtracting as needed. With the new additions and subtractions, it’s currently at 198 (you can see my wardrobe spreadsheet here). It’s been really cold here, and I have been having “moments of hotness” (I’m not going to say hot flashes), so I really need to wear more layers that I can remove. Now that I have the Lauren Manoogian “coat” and Patagonia jacket I can wear thinner layers underneath to be comfortable inside when I have a “moment.” So I’m trying to add more of those thin layers, and take out some of the heavier ones I can’t layer/remove as well.
Don’t forget about 20% off nearly everything (except new arrivals) with code HOLIDAY at SLOWRE through the weekend. You may also notice if you click over that my Rachel Comey Mars Mules in gold are there for sale. I thought I was going to hold on to these for “just in case” moments, and because I think they’re pretty, but I got really frustrated putting them on and taking them off every time I thought maybe I’d wear them. If they were flat, I’d keep them, and wear them happily, but I just DO NOT WANT to wear heels anymore. And the fact that they’re not a platform, or a clog, throws me off a little too – I feel like with my “sturdy” legs, I need a more sturdy shoe. I feel better with that anyway. So. There they are.
What are your plans for the weekend? My sister is in town for the company holiday “party/dinner” (she works with my husband), so we’re doing that. And having friends over tonight.