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Day 94 – New Clothes

Clothes!

You want some new clothes, but if you’ve been following along with my blog you might be, as I am on occasion, nervous about it because, once again, you’re delving into new territory.  Have no fear!  Here are some tips to help you make better choices when buying new clothes.

1.     Look for natural fibers.  Cotton, linen, and wool are some of my favorites.  If they are dyed with natural, vegetable-based dyes, this is preferred.  However, perfection is rare if nonexistent right now.
2.     Choose high-quality, long-lasting clothes.  Note: price is not necessarily a determining factor when choosing quality.  My lined, wool slacks are in a classic cut.  They are high-quality and ubiquitously styled to last a long time yet they came from an outlet store.
3.     Newer to the market are ultra stain-resistant and odor-repellant fabrics that don’t need to be washed as often.  I understand the water conservation part of this choice, but these fibers are man-made and not suited to my preference for tactile feel and breathability.  This choice is great for workout clothes, though!
4.     Made locally.  I know that jeans made in the USA are several times the price of those imported from around the world, but there are benefits to shopping locally.  Because of American consumerism, my friend told me that ships come here full and many go back empty.  This multiplies fossil-fuel use and carbon emissions.
5.     Mix and match.  Choosing your base wardrobe so that many pieces work together minimizes the need for new clothes.  Use unique accessories to change the style.