Am I the only person who purchases a coveted item and then leaves it hanging in the closet because it’s “too good” and needs saving for “a special occasion”? My closet is like the Good Room from your grandparents home with the leather seats you weren’t allowed to sit on, the unblemished carpet and the glass cabinet that held all the Royal Doulton rose patterned china.
The flaw in my plan being…I don’t have that many special events in my life. I’m looking after my kids, doing a bit of travel on the weekends and going to the local shops when the milk runs out. Not that many occasions on my horizon that call for floor length dresses or the good china.
So I’m trying to get out of the good room. Trying not to feel afraid of wearing the new sustainable purchase because it cost a lot and is too beautiful for every day wear. Trying to reframe my whole thought process (psychology training rearing it’s ugly head here) into the idea that an expensive item worn many times becomes a truly ethical purchase.
Worn often, worn with love, worn well.
So I took my brand new Cocoon Dress on a weekend away to test this theory of not being too precious with my purchases.
It terrified me. The dress is a natural white, let me repeat that…WHITE and I was on a road trip. With children. Several of them. Of the male variety. But I vowed to press on and use it or lose it. And it worked. I wore it as a dress with sneakers out sightseeing all day. Then I popped some jeans underneath to wear it as a shirt dress for a fancy dinner in the evening. The next morning I wore it as a coverall over bathers for a morning at the beach. I’ve since had a revelation that if you open the buttons, you could also wear it as a jacket or duster. GET OUT OF TOWN!
This business of buying sustainable stuff can be frustrating at times and it often doesn’t work, particularly when buying online. Then at other times, it all comes together and you realise that buying small batch clothing (especially from brands run by women who are workers, mothers, normal humans who have to move around in the world) can be a true long term investment that makes your life easier. That’s what I’m talking about!
Cocoon Dress: MuuMuu (small batch maker of 100% pure Japanese linen) http://www.shopmuumuu.com
Shoes: Birkenstocks; Midas flats