Responsible consumerism

A recent article on Jezebel really got me thinking again about my (clothes) shopping habits. In a piece on

Putting an End to Fast Fashion, Jenna Sauers discussed the real cost of so-called “fast fashion” and the ways that consumers can address that. I don’t necessarily agree with everything she writes, but it’s definitely an interesting, thought-provoking article and the comments, as always on Jezebel, are equally thoughtful.

As I have written before, I’m a big fan of both buying less but of higher quality and recycling (i.e. shopping second hand). I do these things for pragmatic rather than purely ethical reasons, though the fact that I am reducing the amount of waste for which I’m personally responsible is a nice bonus. However, I recognize that these are not necessarily options for everyone. As one of the commenters on Jezebel pointed out, plus sizes are hard to come by in both the high end and secondary markets. And some people actively dislike the idea of buying clothes that others have worn before. I’m definitely not an ethical crusader of any sort, but I think it’s an admirable idea to be more conscious about the choices that we, as consumers, make every day and their impact on others and the environment.

Something to think about.

Friday wrap-up

Something about Monday brings out my inner grouch. My inner grouch hates it when you slow down the line at Tim Horton’s. He’s all “bah humbug” and “get off my lawn”. Sometimes I try to drown him out. With really bright colours. 
Monday, June 14, 2010:
top, Laundry; pants, Max Studio; shoes, Enzo Angiolini; 
bag, Michael Kors; bracelets, Nordstrom Rack; earrings, Winners.
The picture doesn’t quite do justice to these shoes. True love, indeed.

A handful of crepe

From time to time, I fall in love with impossible clothes. Clothes I could only ever wear if I drastically changed lifestyles and/or bodies and, sometimes, even eras. Watching Mad Men often has that result. I have a weakness for Betty Draper’s wardrobe (although I’m a Joan girl all the way), down to her gorgeous, impractical white kid gloves. I also have a weakness for birdcage veils, Cate Blanchett’s costumes in Elisabeth, Dior’s New Look, and this dress from Atonement:

Especially if that dress comes with one’s own James McAvoy. But I digress.

I also love this:

                  Alexander McQueen, peony print crepe dress, Net-a-Porter

If I were a character in an Evelyn Waugh novel, this is what I would wear. I would elevate graceful lounging to an art form, and subsist entirely on a diet of cucumber sandwiches, cream tea, gin tonics and cigarettes (graceful held aloft in a foot-long holder). Alas, I am a regular 21st century Jane out in the backwaters of the Dominions. It is a doomed love story.