OK, it’s the striped jersey maxi dress again…
Doesn’t this woman have anything new to show us? Is that what you’re thinking? Well, I have a very small wardrobe, and I like it that way. My life is easier and less stressful when I have less stuff to store and take care of. And when it comes to clothes, I tend to wear the same thing over and over again anyway. Or at best variations of the same old, same old. And I’m fine with that.
I also like a limited colour palette as it makes it easier to mix and match my clothes. That being said, I also like to have a few items with a little bit of a wow factor.
OK, an oversized linen shirt is not exactly a ‘wow‘ item. But hot pink is certainly a ‘wow’ colour. It also happens to be one of the best colours for me.
By the way, this shirt really is ‘oversized’, i.e. it’s about 2 sizes too big. I wanted a shirt that was big, huge even. A shirt I could wear instead of a jacket, or tied at the waist, or loose and flowy.
That’s because I don’t particularly like linen shirts: they’re not very comfortable (OK, I hate all button-down shirts), and they need to be ironed. But they serve a purpose: they’re a cool and practical way of protecting my skin from the sun (I burn very easily).
The problem with linen shirts (or linen clothes in general) is that it’s very difficult, if not totally impossible, to find good quality, thick linen. Most linen clothes, this shirt included, are more or less see-through. In other words, not worth spending money on.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m more than willing to spend good money on quality clothes I can wear for years. In fact, I think this is what we all should do: spend more money on fewer clothes, and wear and cherish them forever. That’s sustainable shopping.
And yes, I know that a lot of people can’t afford to buy expensive clothes. Neither can I. Which is why I insist on getting my money’s worth when I go shopping. I can’t afford to buy cheap tat. And I can’t afford to buy stuff that I will just throw away a few months later. And more importantly, the planet can’t take that. Not anymore.
So, what does this have to do with a linen shirt that is clearly not top quality? Well, sometimes we have to compromise. I needed a linen shirt, yet couldn’t find one in the colour or quality I wanted, and ended up settling for an affordable (though not cheap) alternative.
However, I only bought one shirt. In the past I would have bought the shirt in 2 or 3 different colours, and hardly worn any of them. But now, I plan to wear this one all summer, and all next summer, too (yes, that means you’ll be seeing it again).
Besides, hot pink really is one of the best colours for me…
dress: Pelle P / linen shirt. Marks and Spencer / shoes: Vagabond /
bag: Marc Jacobs (old) / sunglasses: Longchamp
What’s your ‘sustainable shopping strategy’?
PS: I’ve been taking a lot of pictures of the local flora and fauna this summer, and managed to capture, for example, some urban wildlife:
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