Every year designers and clothing stores alike say out with the old and in with the new. Fashion trends are born on the runway and spouted out to the masses in their local retail store and “consumers” are feed the images repeatedly in their fashion magazines, on their favorite celebrities and on TV. Then suddenly the trend is everywhere, before you know it you can hardly remember when it wasn’t in style then, sooner rather than later, the tides passes the trend is lame and another is born..
Some may honestly enjoy chasing after fashion trends and simply see it as good clean fun and we can’t argue with that. We consistently lurk through the magazines to see what’s “in” but when it comes to what we put on our bodies -fool me once maybe, but never more than that. Clothing should at it’s core have a logical function -will this material protect me from the elements? Dirty subway chairs, rain, snow, harsh sun, New York street or the hills of Jordan? Wherever you are the clothes you wear should protect your body , not expose it to further harm. Style is secondary; Do I like what I’m wearing? Do I feel comfortable in it? Does it look good on my particular body type? Will I enjoy wearing it? Is it appropriate for my lifestyle? Next we have to look at the dreaded price tag -can I afford this? Not in a literal sense as in I have $600 in my account and it costs $450 for this lovely handbag but in a practical sense. Yes there is always a time to splurge but it is not always the time to splurge. And we don’t recommend buying cheap clothing either -cheap clothes that constantly need to be replaced aren’t cheap at all. But asking ourselves -how much wear can I get out of this piece of clothing? Will I like it in the long term or is it just a fad? Will I feel good about this purchase months to come?
Lastly we have to consider our ethics. It’s probably the question we dislike the most and the one hardest to accept but sooner rather than later we have to face the facts that our clothes are contributing either to justice or injustice in the world. This isn’t easy and it will take time to really practice this step but it is a necessary step if we wish to see more justice in the world. But there is a way to get around it if you can’t bring yourself to such a heavy commitment just yet -buy less. Buying less mean that at the very least your not pumping as much money in to an unjust system as you otherwise would, it’s not a solution but it’s a start.
So in summary when holding true to our modest essentials philosophy we ask:
Will this garment protect me from the elements?
Do I like it? Will I like it? And how does it look on my body?
Can I practically afford it?
Is it ethical?
Happy shopping lovely folks!