I hope I say this enough here, but just in case I don’t:
I write about my experiences, and reflect upon the things I’ve learned about life and my wardrobe after a lot of mistakes and some successes. I share this information because I need to, I learn even more as a result of sharing it, and because I know it helps ME feel like I am less alone in my struggles, so in turn, I hope it will help some of you. I do not aim to make prescriptions or tell anyone, anywhere what to do, what to buy, or how to live their own lives.
I started Grechen’s Closet in 2004 to provide as many resources I could for online shopping, and created an extensive designer directory database. That’s rather obsolete now, but my original goal still persists: provide as much information as possible and then leave it up to readers to make decisions about what to do with that information. Whether it’s a sale or coupon codes, or information about sustainable fashion, my aim is to present my findings, give my opinion about them, talk a little about what I do, or intend to do, and then step back.
I am not an expert; I barely wonder if I know what I’m talking about half the time. But I do learn and read and dive deep into issues that are important to me, from meditation to minimalism to eco-friendly clothing. And I like to share what I learn. I always have (I feel like I’m very much a teacher at heart, and taught pre-school for many years).
So, all of this is just to say that I hope I never come off as preachy, or absolute in my message; that is not my intention. I never mean to tell anyone what to do, or what not to do. For goodness’ sake, I don’t even know what to do sometimes, I’m just stumbling through life one step at a time like everyone else. I am just lucky to have a platform from which I can give voice to my fears, struggles, and successes. Please, do with that what you will.
Make your own damn decisions.
Loved the post. As a new blog reader I feel like I’m making new friends-or at least learning about new people and getting insight into how people tick. This post showed more about your readers and made me laugh.
Have a great weekend.
You never come across as preachy to me – and anyway, who cares if you are preachy? It’s your blog and you have a right to be if it’s something you feel passionate about (like making conscious fashion choices, which you clearly are). On another note: I loved those galaxy print yoga leggings from the other day’s post and am thinking of getting them. Are they wearable around town too, would you say, with maybe some ankle boots and a longer sweatshirt? I’m interested in printed leggings that can transition beyond yoga to the rest of my life! Can you do a whole post on leggings with cool prints on them? These are just so fun! Thank you!
Did I miss some comment controversy? 😉
I do not find you preachy — and appreciate what you do to put yourself out there.
On a side note–you don’t usually cover work wear, but I wanted to put in a plug for a site I just bought a great top from:
Everything is made in NYC, not organic but in the US at fair wages. I bought the Steinem shirt, which is a gorgeous smooth jersey fabric. Skims the body but doesn’t cling, so is perfect for middle camouflage. Based on how nice this piece is, I will definitely look to them in the future. Their styles are very classic with a modern twist, so not stuffy.
Not preachy at all. Love your blog!
Grechen Reiter says
no, you didn’t miss anything! now that i look back on the post though, it does seem a bit overly-defensive LOL
i’ve heard of that brand before, but never had occasion to try…thanks for the review! i can cover workwear generally i guess, i just have no experience with it. at least not lately ! when i did work in an office, i guess i wore mostly theory stuff, and gap black pants…that was from 2000-2004 though…
Grechen Reiter says
sorry i’m so late to respond to this!!!
they are definitely wearable, and a bit thicker so they’d be warm. and definitely opaque.
will do a post on that for sure…coming later this week 🙂
No need to cover workwear on your blog! Just wanted to mention a made in the US source that I liked so far.