AG Tomboy crop jeans | made in the US (mine are old, different wash from what’s linked)
Sundry oversized shirt | made in the US (back in stock at Shopbop, size 1, the size I’m wearing)
Margot Wolf necklace | made in the US
Emerson Fry slides | gift from Emerson Fry for review
Everlane Petra tote in Gesso | Purchased with credits from Everlane
Happy Earth day!! What have you learned so far on your Conscious Closet Challenge? Have you signed up yet?
As if I could possibly think MORE about my clothes and my closet, I have made a few random observations this week so far while trying to be more conscious of my clothing and overall impact on the environment:
I only really started thinking about “made in the US” when I noticed that many of my already-favorite brands were made in the US, not the other way around. 5 or so years ago, I had an abundance of James Perse and Splendid already in my closet (many pieces I’d had for several years by then) which were on heavy rotation and had held up well. So, it was their quality construction and proven place in my wardrobe that got me thinking about seeking out more clothing made in the US. Not that I believe that EVERYTHING made in the US is of superior quality simply by virtue of the fact that it’s made in the US. I rely heavily on “Personal experience,” and in this case, it’s proven that select designers & products hold up better than others.
To now be the contrarian, I do have two pairs of Old Navy compression leggings that are absolutely NOT made in the US that I’ve worn twice a week to Pure Barre for more than two years, and have held up nicely. They’re at their end, now, but they’ve performed admirably the last two years – better than I would have expected. Of course, I’ve never dried them, which I think probably added quite a bit of time to their life. I won’t replace them with more Old Navy leggings this time around, but I do recommend them.
Laundry & Water. During the winter months, I don’t have a lot of laundry because I can re-wear things many times before they need to be washed, and I hardly ever wash jeans. Now that it’s warmer and I’m spending more time outside, I’m doing more laundry, and washing things more often. AND, I take a couple of showers a day, one after Pure Barre and then another one in the evening after I take Dagny out for an hour-long walk. I’m not proud of the amount of water I’m using…I’d like to figure out a solution for that – some way to use less water overall.
Shopping & buying. This is a recurring theme with me, unfortunately, but all these F&F sales have me shopping a lot lately. I haven’t bought much, but it’s not for lack of trying, honestly. Thankfully, I keep coming back to “I like what’s in my closet better” in most circumstances, these jeans I’m wearing, for example. After trying so hard to find straight, or wider leg jeans, I realized that I already have this very good pair of “straight” jeans, that are also cropped. They’re not the BEST; I wish they were a size bigger – but they’re certainly better than anything else I’m finding at the moment.
Anyway, I credit in-person shopping with helping me avoid temptation, ironically. I wanted these JP linen pants so bad after I tried them on at JP, but when I tried them on again at Nordstrom (they are price matching Saks’ discount), I was much more critical and asked myself the hard questions. Like, “seriously? do I need these right now?” – and the answer was no, of course. Anyway, they weren’t good enough, still too tight in the thighs even in the size up. So, I passed. I did try this dress on, and it is AMAZING. On my list to buy when it goes on sale at Shopbop to replace the older JP black t-shirt dress I have that’s too big. Hey, I can’t avoid temptation forever 😉
Ultimately, I am STILL swayed by a discount, or a good price, even though I don’t have the extra money to spend, don’t need anything, and sometimes even if the thing DOESN’T FIT RIGHT!!! But I am learning to manage that better. A year ago, I would have bought the linen pants, made them work for a while, and then gotten rid of them when I realized I shouldn’t have bought them in the first place. Now, I can pass on them altogether.
So. This is what the Conscious Closet Challenge means to me – thinking about where my clothes come from, how that affects (or doesn’t) affect my perception of quality, what do I replace them with when it’s time, WHEN to replace things, how much water am I using, how often do I REALLY need to wash my clothes, and how can I avoid buying when I don’t need to?
What does the Conscious Closet Challenge mean to you?