Mid-week thoughts…

Aeri Montserrat

While I continue to edit pictures from our day trip to Montserrat, I wanted to share a few thoughts. As mentioned in a previous post, I have been working on paring down my closet and as a result have become even more aware of my consumption. While I am no saint, I have not had much inkling for clothes shopping of late. Instead, I have started to explore accessories, namely jewelry and watches (although I have yet to make any purchase!). Learning how to sew has also made me more aware of fit and the quality of a garment, both of which makes me even pickier to clothes shopping!

I digress, as I wanted to share a few articles that I found interesting. Like most, I enjoy bargain shopping but this article has enlightened me to the reality of discount and outlet stores. While I have always known that outlet stores like Banana Republic Factory Outlet and J.Crew outlet’s items are produced for the stores, the real eye opener was discounted retailers such as TJ Maxx.

The tragedy of the Rana Plaza in Bangladesh shone an unfavorable light on fast fashion and consumption last year. This article continues to share on the lack of accountability of high street/fast fashion brands, making me rethink about purchasing from the brands mentioned.

Meanwhile, on the luxury end of consumption, this article is hardly surprising to me. Perhaps I should join the bandwagon? 😉

2 thoughts on “Mid-week thoughts…

  1. K

    So… I work retail and when I first started (before I had my degree) I would buy tons of stuff. Literally hundreds and hundreds of dollars monthly. After now having worked retail for 4 years (well, fashion retail), I have found that I am more selective. Namely for reasons you list. I am more aware that if I wait something in the proper fit/cut with the proper quality will come along.

    Fast fashion is an interesting thing… and one that I talk about to my neighbor a lot. Fast fashion goes beyond the sweat shops and the waste involved (disposable fashion – people know the clothes they buy at Forever21 will only last a few wears – but seem to be okay with that wastefulness). It goes into the creatives as well. Forever21 has been sued SO SO SO many times for infringing on independent artists and designers’ designs. I think that’s part of the tragedy of fast fashion… losing independent artists who cannot afford to sell their designs that big companies ripped off and are selling at a fraction of the cost.

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