Warning: Fashion blather ahead.
Two weeks ago, the change in weather made me take a wardrobe inventory. My modest weight loss has changed the fit of everything except socks and shoes.
As an added annoyance, while I was clearing out the old shed, I dumped a sprayer of what I thought was a soapy cleaning solution but turned out to be mold-and-moss remover; the bleach splattered my work-worthy trousers. Luckily, I needed work-around-the-house clothes.
However, finding replacement clothes has been difficult. Several years ago, I had to come up with a complete winter wardrobe, so I visited final-sale stores and charity shops. Currently (or as my brain insists en la actualidad), those discount stores are closed and the charity shop’s selection is of low quality. That means I end up shopping online, in the few brick-and-mortar stores an hour’s drive from home, and the picked-over charity selection.
The decline in quality is obvious.
Why the change?
Inexpensive, trendy clothes make it affordable to buy – and discard – “stylish” looks.
I hadn’t seen the trend in my community, possibly because T-shirts and jeans form the everyday uniform. Fashion trends – like the ubiquitous burn-your-eyes patterned leggings – take a long time to arrive and don’t reach far.
But fast fashion has finally come to secondhand shops, the midway stop between retailer and landfill. I kept running across thin-fabric cotton tops and mostly synthetic pseudo-athleticwear. The popular length seems to be too long, whether it’s the sleeves or the hems.
Most sweaters I found were deliberately hideous, designed and sold for “ugly sweater” events. One of the nearby retail chains tends to offer cable-knit pullovers that are considered classics, with updated colors. I’ll have to check there and hope the quality hasn’t changed.
That’s the rub: I relied on previous online purchases to find the same or similar styles in smaller sizes. It was a crapshoot. As each new article arrived, I put the old in a donation bag. The new clothes are light-weight cotton instead of the heavier material that made their predecessors perfect for winter lounging. (Although, on a happy note, the tunic tops are “girlie-cute” – to borrow a phrase from a six-year-old.)
A year-old piece from The Good Trade with a good overview of fast fashion