Friday, February 01, 2008
It Changed My Life! And My Clothing Too.
I saw the short documentary "The Story of Stuff".... IT CHANGED MY LIFE !!! Changed my life!
For the past several years, for the most part, I have bought the majority of my clothing at Target, to "save money". I like some of the things they have and you can't beat the price. Over the holidays, I received some money and gift certificates to buy clothes with. I hesitated shopping with them because being a stay-at-home-Mom, with a three year old, I didn't feel like I really needed or deserved nice clothes.
Then I saw this documentary and realized that I was actually LOSING money in the long run, and helping to use up raw materials from third world countries by buying "disposable type" clothing. That is, most of the clothing at Target was designed and made to last only about a season. That way, we buy more and more and the items are disposed of.
So, I decided to shop from now on for "pieces" and things that really sing to me! I will only buy items that will last several years and that can cross over seasons for more wear. My degree is apparel and textile design, so it was such a relief to finally allow myself to start buying things that reflect who I am aesthetically.
I know that myself included, many people can't just go out and drop a bunch of money on clothes, and that Target is a great option for clothing. It's not that I won't buy there anymore, I will just be more careful about what I select, making sure each piece is something I will wear often.
Oh, one more thing, if an item is on sale, even better! What follows in this set are a few of my items from Anthropologie, my current favorite store. I want to start slowly collecting from local and independent designers and artists too.
To see my "I love Anthro" set click HERE and please, please, please take twenty minutes to watch "THE STORY OF STUFF", it will change your life too, I promise!