Category Archives: Fashion

Something Recycled, Something New

Yesterday, Earth Sense did a piece about low-environmental-impact weddings. One of their suggestions was “buy a recycled wedding dress.”

I had never thought of second-hand wedding dresses as being “recycled.” I Googled “recycled wedding dresses” and got a ton of hits, including recycledbride.com, where you can get a ton of recycled wedding stuff. Neat! I definitely would have used that had it been around when I got married.

Sale Alert: Upscale Resale

I just received the following email from Upscale Resale (previously reviewed here):

ANNOUNCING….. Our second annual charity bag sale.

STUFF A BAG FOR $10.00!!!

This Saturday, March 19
9am til 3pm (Half price from 2pm-3pm)

All proceeds go to Breezy Hill Baptist Church Teenlife program. Don’t miss this chance to support a worthy cause and to get some great stuff!

**See pictures from last year on our Facebook page.

This sounds like a great opportunity to spiff up my wardrobe a bit.

Styles of Yesteryear

I found the article "Resident to don period clothing for Aiken anniversary" in yesterday’s paper an interesting read. A local lady has made several period outfits from 1875 to celebrate our town’s 175th anniversary. She made some interesting points about how women back then used fabric very efficiently and only replaced their dresses every 5 to 10 years. That’s definitely a contrast with today’s practically disposable fashions.
dress from 1867

It’s All Ripped Up

Two months into my commitment not to buy any new clothes, I have ripped the knee in two of my three pairs of jeans. And it was my two nicest pairs, too.

This development is really challenging me to stick to my guns and not spend money unnecessarily. I’ve asked myself, do I really need more than one pair of jeans? I have other pants. I’m not naked and I can look respectable when I need to.

My plan is to put iron-on patches on the inside of the ripped knees and keep on truckin’.

Seasonal Dressing

Growing up in Northern California, I pretty much wore the same clothes year-round. The only difference between the summer and the winter there is how much it rains. When I went to college in Tennessee, I got a crash course in seasonal dressing. Suddenly, those fashion “rules” I’d vaguely heard about started to make sense. “Don’t wear velvet in the summer” – because you will swelter. “Don’t wear linen in the winter” – because you will freeze.

The closets in my dorm rooms were small, so I got in the habit of switching out my wardrobe when the seasons changed, putting the warm-weather clothes into my trunk for storage and taking out the cold-weather clothes in the fall, then repeating the process in the spring. It felt so nice to suddenly have a whole new wardrobe twice a year, and to have less clutter in my closet, that I kept making the switch even after college.

The longer I’ve lived in the South, the more I’ve embraced the whole concept of dressing for the season. I don’t see it as a bunch of silly outdated rules. Rather, I think seasonal dressing is a worthy tradition dating back hundreds of years. For an example, look at traditional Japanese kimonos with their carefully crafted designs meant to express the essence of each season. Dressing for the season helps me feel more in tune with the natural world. Also, it’s a good way to give your wardrobe a periodic overhaul.

One difference between South Carolina and some of the other places I’ve lived is that we don’t really get winter here. At least, not temperature-wise. Also, the weather doesn’t really get fall-like until mid- to late-October. In addition, we don’t have the cold spring weather that fashion merchandisers assume is the norm. So instead of two big closet-changing sessions a year, I’ve found that I need two big ones and two little ones.

I make one of my big changeovers around Easter. That holiday is a pretty good marker for the beginning of spring/summer. Then, sometime in May, I put away all the spring clothes that it’s too warm to wear anymore (e.g. long-sleeved sweaters and tees).

In early fall, around Labor Day, I make another small changeover, putting away clothes that feel too “summery.” (I’ll get into this more in my next post.) Finally, when the weather really cools off sometime in October, I put away the shorts and capris and bring out the jeans and sweaters.

I like keeping my closet filled with only the clothes I can actually wear at the moment, and I like the feeling of getting a whole bunch of “new” clothes a few times a year, when I take things out of storage. Do you dress seasonally? Why or why not?

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