I spend much of Autumn feeling a bit chilly, as I eek out the wearing of my summer skirts and shorts (accompanied by woolly socks in the privacy of Wise House HQ :-)).
Up until my early 30s a new season meant a trip to the high street for a splurge on new clothes with the mindset that I 'needed' new boots, a new summer dress etc. It's the behavioural norm for most of us, and explains why we often run out of storage space for clothes and have items in our wardrobe that have seen little wear!
For a number of reasons, I've stopped this kind of impulse buying. I don’t like to have too much stuff for a start (less space, more decisions, more waste). At the age of 42, I have plenty of clothing to meet my practical needs, and I still like most of the clothes I have bought over the years.
Most fundamental of all, I have become far more aware of the high environmental and social price paid for fast fashion;
‘The fashion industry is one of the most polluting industries in the world, causing human misery, enormous cost of life and gigantic environmental devastation.” Vandana Shiva