Simple Life: CLOTHING



      The historic purpose of clothing was to keep us warm and to cover nakedness. Today its primary purpose seems to be fashion and the conspicuous display of wealth and status. People can and do spend thousands and thousands of dollars on clothing every year. But this is totally unnecessary. Simplify.



DRESS DOWN: Wearing Simple, humble, and functional clothing can be an outward statement of simplicity, an expression of one’s opposition to consumer culture. Don’t Get sucked into high fashion.
 
RETHINK YOUR IMAGE: If you are someone who has typically dressed in new and expensive clothing, consider reinventing your image. This can be an exciting journey on the transition to a simpler life.

DRESSING SIMPLY CAN BE LIBERATING: Wearing expensive clothing tends to limit our actions, since we don’t want to get them dirty. When you dress simply, however, you don’t have to think twice about lying down on the grass or doing a spot of gardening. Dress simply and be free. 

BUY SECOND-­HAND CLOTHING: Vast quantities of clothing get dropped off at second--‐hand clothing stores everyday. Second--‐hand clothing is cheap, cheap, cheap. There is absolutely no need to spend lots of money on clothing. Furthermore, searching for treasures in second--‐hand stores is great fun.

DRESSING SIMPLY DOESN’T MEAN GIVING UP STYLE: There is nothing wrong with expressing yourself through what you wear. But you don’t have to spend lots of money on clothes if you dress creatively. Develop your own ‘post--‐ consumerist’ style. Who wants to look ‘brand new’ anyway?

LEARN HOW TO MEND: There is no need to throw out your favourite jeans or t--‐ shirt just because it has developed a tear. Learn how to mend a tear or sew a patch on an elbow. This can give your favourite items character.

MAKE YOUR OWN: If you are more ambitious, you might even spend some time learning how to sew your own clothes. This can be an exciting and creative experience, as well as one that saves money.

DRESSING SIMPLY DOESN’T MEAN GIVING UP STYLE: There is nothing wrong with expressing yourself through what you wear. But you don’t have to spend lots of money on clothes if you dress creatively. Develop your own ‘post--‐ consumerist’ style. Who wants to look ‘brand new’ anyway?

ARRANGE A CLOTHING SWAP WITH SOME FRIENDS: Sometimes it’s nice to have a change of clothes in your wardrobe. But this doesn’t necessarily require going shopping. It can be fun to arrange a clothing swap with some friends. One person’s old clothing is another person’s treasure.

BEWARE OF CHEAP DEPARTMENT STORE CLOTHING: It can be tempting to buy the cheapest clothing from department stores, but often it is cheap because of its exploitative manufacturing processes. When in doubt, avoid the purchase.

JUST IMAGINE: Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent every year in the fashion industry. Just imagine if even half of that money was redirected toward green energy or humanitarian initiatives. We would lose so little and gain so much. Again, we must vote with our money.