Wednesday, December 31, 2014

7.31 Guilty Pleasures - Why Don't They Call It Ladies' Furnishings?

Bestest Friend and I are in the middle of a blog project. Each day of the month we will post a picture on a pre-determined theme and write a little something about it. The theme for the thirty-first day of each month is "Guilty Pleasures."
When I lived in Minneapolis, I shopped all the time. I bought new clothes, gifts, strange oddities I found at thrift stores, and lots of paperback books.   The Mall of America was just minutes away and if I had a random afternoon with not a lot planned, I'd just head over there. I had a giant closet and a little room and I filled the closet and slept in the room.

But at some point, I became concerned about whether or not my fashion choices were ethical or not. I stopped buying trendy, poorly constructed, or questionably sourced garments. I looked at labels, seams, and thread counts. I paid $300 for a pair of shoes I know I'll still be wearing in a decade and that workers were paid to cobble by hand.  I sighed when my last H&M camisole came apart at the seams, but knew I'd have to find a new source of under garments.

I'm not a minimalist, but I choose to buy quality garments now instead of a lot of inexpensive, low-quality clothing.  My closet is no longer full, but I'm working on a wardrobe in which every item makes me feel beautiful, happy, and guilt-free.
But I can't quit my hosiery habit. I was organizing my dresser (it's a new year, after all) and as I kept pulling out tights, hose, and stockings, my husband looked on in wonder. You have two pairs of jeans, one sweatshirt, but dozens of pairs of tights?  Why yes, yes, I do.

On Christmas Day, both of the baby girls were wearing striped tights. One of my sisters-in-law jokingly says "enjoy the tights while you can, you can't wear striped tights forever."

I pipe in from the next room with "don't listen to her, girls, Aunt NGS wore striped tights last night."
To see what Bestest Friend wrote about the theme of the day, check out her blog, Too Legit to Quit.

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