Wardrobe Fast Days 6+7

I’m joining the Write 31 Days Challenge hosted by Crystal Stine to get my blog juices flowing and chronicle my Wardrobe Fast journey. You can find the first post in the series here.

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Day 6

Dress: Pact Organic

My legs needed to breathe a bit after all the jeans. 😉

This spring, I had the chance to spend a wad of money for the first time…well, really since I’ve gotten married on something not necessary, something of my choosing.

It was glorious and difficult to choose wisely and encouraging that Matt and I had trouble getting to the ends of our respective wads before realizing that we’d been so strategic that we were content to stop spending.

And then our 8-year-old needed braces. So there went the rest of it anyway.

I purchased several items from Pact because of their organic cotton (way lower environmental effect) and fair trade policies. I purchased the dress seen above, a pair of sweatpants, a sweatshirt, socks, and a pajama romper.

After so many years of tight, frugal living, it was so strange to get a bit package of things I didn’t *need* or that I could have bought used. But each piece was so soft and well-made that I’m glad I spent the money. They’ll all be with me for a long time to come.

I get lots of compliments on this dress, which was a pleasant surprise, and it has pockets. Pockets!

(But it is actually supposed to cool down here, so they say. I’m not sure I believe them, but if it does cool down, I reserve the right to add leggings. Because it’s my challenge and I’ll be warm if I want to.

Day 7

Top: Boden silk shirt

Pants: D&G, thrifted from TheRealReal

For some reason, I get Boden catalogs in the mail. Never ordered from them, but they started showing up and we started looking at them.

I love the clothes. My husband loves them more. I am so hesitant in buying clothes (see the long explanatory post above to justify buying five things) that he threatened to just order stuff from them for me.

So I finally looked at their website to find a sustainability statement. I expected the typical short, managemnt-speak page about caring and self auditing. Instead, I found a lengthy description of what they’re doing and what they hope to do better.

This is not a fair trade company by any means. The clothes are conventionally dyed and often made from synthetic materials.

But. They’re. so. pretty. And they’re moving the right way.

I can get behind that on occasion.

I bought a single silk shirt and still feel a little ambivalent about it. But it’s lovely and I’ll wear it for years. And supporting a company with proven stay-ability as it moves toward greater sustainability makes sense to me.

What are your thoughts on buying from less than perfect companies?

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