The year 2022 has been hard on everyone’s mental health. The war in Ukraine has made many of us who live close to Russia very anxious. And as a worker in the music field, the aftermath of the covid-pandemic is still there. Many of my friends and colleagues lost so much. Plus the climate catastrophe.
Personally I’m in a better place financially than I’ve been in years (if ever). That has made it possible to invest in myself and my family. I spent a considerable amount of time in 2021 and 2022 building a wardrobe that would be sustainably made of natural materials, that would have enough variety to keep me from getting bored, but wouldn’t contain too many items. I wanted a wardrobe I’d actively wear and that would both feel and look good. I’m almost there (I think).
There’s a trap, anyhow… In these anxiety-filled years I’ve noticed a tendency to emotional buying, and I want to end that. So it’s a low-buy year in 2023 for me. There are a couple of clothes I’ve planned for a long time, so I’m allowed to buy those (listed in comments), but otherwise I’m limiting my clothes buying to replacing things that are beyond repairing. There won’t probably be many of those (most likely just undies).
I don’t have tendencies to emotionally buy sweets, home stuff, or cosmetics, or stuff for my kids – and despite what it looks like in this pic, I’ve also trained myself from buying books, but use the public library instead. It’s just that we’ve hoarded books forever, the whole family, for at least two generations… I haven’t been able to purge the books we have (two entire walls covered with books plus then some).
So, to replace the emotional clothes shopping I try to transfer the browsing and buying to concerts, museums, and other culture activities instead. If that doesn’t work, I’ll try to put aside the sum of the object of my “want”, and see how much I manage to spare. One more idea is to participate in and think of my own clothing challenges to show how many ways I can wear the clothes I already own.
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