One thing I have come to realize beyond what I had of my base understanding is the quality of my garments.
The way I consumed and wore clothing before starting this project masked the true quality of my garments, or the true standard I hold for my garments. I am/was a constant consumer of second-hand and thrifted garments. I so enjoyed the treasure hunt of going into a room full of discarded clothing, somewhat organized and sifting through the articles to discover textures, patterns and drapes (form). Discerning through intuition first the feel of the fabric, the pattern or aesthetic, the cut and construction and lastly, after going into the change room, the drape and form of the garment. The intuition and feeling that I engaged in this space created a fluidity of experiences, ultimately leading to a massive collection of clothing, that I wore sporadically and for short periods of time. I consistently changed garments and outfits, shifting (my perception) again and again and again.
Now that I am only wearing 15 garments, and rather than my perception, it’s the daily wear, friction and embodiment that makes these clothes what they are.
For instance, I have 1 pair of black trousers in my uniform. They are probably the most versatile and used pair of pants out of the 3. They mostly live up to their function, but the fit is off. As most clothing these days does, it fits mostly well. With our shortened attention spans, constantly switch out of clothing, it seems to be more acceptable that they don’t fit 100% to your body, and when that happens you quickly move on. Current retail and consumer culture has us trying to fit our unique bodies into the pre-sized clothing in store and making a decision in 30 minutes or less about its lifetime in our wardrobe.
How do we change this system of buying?
Many retailers now let customers go home with the product to try it on in their natural environment, but the products can not be actually used and brought back for a full exchange. How can the purchase point shift to create a stronger reliability and commitment to ownership?
How does one begin to practice this type of commitment?
Let me know if you have any thoughts.