This week I was faced with a dilemma – I’d travelled to the coast for three nights with only one bra.
It was a synthetic, underwire lacey number unsuitable for vigorous exercise. It would get sweaty and potentially stinky after a couple of long mountain bike rides.
My immediate impulse was – I NEED TO BUY a sports bra.
Then memory kicked in – I’d make a public commitment to one year of buying no new clothes. Purchasing a new bra was out of the question.
And I discounted the idea of buying a used bra from a charity shop. There’s an erkk factor associated with wearing someone else’s intimate apparel.
So what did I do? I washed the bra a couple times and one day wore it damp while riding.
While this example may seem trivial, it highlights how impulsive decisions propel us into consuming more than we need. Under most circumstances, buying a new bra may not be a big problem, but when I had four other serviceable bras at home, it seemed excessive.
A big tick – I survived the first of many temptations.
I often buy too many clothes because my wardrobe is disorganized.
My closet is small by modern standards at paltry one metre width. Half is divided into shelves and the remainder hanging space. Often I can’t find what I’m looking for without rummaging through the wardrobe and the dirty clothes basket.
While I usually give away garments I haven’t worn in a year everything ends in a muddle. At the end of a work day I rip off my clothes and hang them wherever I can fit them or shove them in the dirty clothes basket.
Yesterday I spent an hour organizing my wardrobe. Anything wintery or that didn’t fit well at the moment was stored in a travel suitcase.
Groups of clothing were placed together – skirts, tops (I always think I never have enough tops, but I found three black blouses), long sleeved cardigans (for the cool morning rides to work), trousers, jeans and dresses.
Instead of throwing my shoes into a cane basket that sits at the bottom of my wardrobe – I divided the shoes into those I wear to work, casual and active shoes. No more sifting through the cane basket in the dark trying to find the pair for my work shoe.
It felt good.
Re-ordering my wardrobe I came across one of my favourite pieces – a Perri Cutten black sleeveless top.
I purchased this item from Material Pleasures, a second hand store that specialises in designer clothes.
I wondered why I love this top – it’s because I feel smart every time I put it on. It can look dressy with my favourite skirt – my Queen wrap skirt (also from Material Pleasures) or more casual with jeans.
Inspired by the style of my Perri Cutten top I made a pattern from it.
For the material I chose a fine wool scarf that I’d eco-dyed in a workshop with Barbara Wheeler of Watson. It is patterned with purple carrots, Japanese maple leaves and the string lines from where it was bundled during the dyeing process.
My pattern making skills need honing – however I’ve crafted myself a beautiful and unique garment.
Slow, thoughtful fashion feels good.