Ash in a thrift store, on a beeline to the shorts section: “I really need some black shorts…”
Ash in reality:
Yes, these are three different pairs of black shorts (and my Etikos).
What’s going on? Why is there such a disconnect between what I think I need to buy and what I actually own?!
- I don’t know what I own.
- I don’t like what I own – probably because I’ve been making poor choices and purchasing garments that aren’t-quite-right.
So, I’ve come up with an idea to help me answer both of these questions and tackle the age-old issue of ‘having too many clothes, but nothing to wear.’
Are you ready?
Over the next six months I’m going to photograph everything I own and share it with you, dear reader. My shorts, shirts, dresses, workwear, jewellery, bags, scarves, everything. Okay, well, not quite everything – I will spare you from photographs of my underwear. But, otherwise, everything that I own is going to be published here, for your and my scrutiny.
Sure, you’ve seen some of the ethical pieces that I’ve acquired over the last few years. But now you will see my complete, unedited wardrobe and help me make some decisions about it; from my collection of fair trade jeans, to the unflattering shirts that I never wear because I don’t suit my body type (how do I pass these on in a sustainable way?), to the fast fashion frocks I bought back in 2011 when I was 22 and had a penchant for mini dresses (help, do they show too much leg?!) I’m going to tell you where everything is from, how often I wear it – and, along the way, learn some lessons to pass on to you about how to thoughtfully build a minimalist, ethical wardrobe that you absolutely love.
The aim is an ethical wardrobe: small in size, big in ethics.
I’m excited! Let’s get started…