The answer is no. Don’t be fooled by the man behind the curtain. Plain and simple, this sort of behavior is harmful and irresponsible. However, given all that; it is not going away because we don’t have the alternatives – yet. Think of it as driving a gas powered car, and not a Toyota hybrid but a Cadillac Escalade – all 12 cylinders. People do it and if you have one now – don’t throw it away. But please commit to buying something a bit less next time- is what we should be focused on. And beating the drum, buy the best quality you can afford and plan on holding on to it for atleast 40 wears.
So, the truth is out. I’m not a vegan nor am I 100% responsible – at least there are now more choices and alternatives than back when I started wearing these items and I can’t just bear to “throw them out”. I’m going to wear it until there are holes in it and then I’m going to seek out additional uses for it after that.
So what is the consolation prize for wearing all this leather? There is none. Perhaps since the boots are the first pair I bought in 4 years and are the only pair in my closet I can get something? A girl has to wear shoes right? My last pair has been retired after 4 years. Not gone, just being preserved in the attic waiting for styles to change back again.
So don't fret. This is a marathon not a sprint. No one is perfect but if you are considering how to #greenyourcloset I hope that we have helped you gain some confidence and ideas.
Breakdown of what I wore:
Leather jacket with fur – Made by Guido Lombardi in Italy. Purchased in 2011. 25-30 wears & still going. Fur is fox and although super warm my conscious does not allow me to forget about the bad conditions that animal had to endure. I would not buy fur again.
Brown floral jersey – Made by New York 77 Made in France 70% cotton 30% rayon. Purchased in 2013. 20 wears & still going.
Grey Slacks – Made by Crea Concept in Turkey. 93% viscose. These were gifted a year ago but today was the first time I could fit into them. (Thank you Bar Method workout). I noticed after arriving to meet my colleague, that they had a tiny pin hole on the front of the thigh. Not sure what I’ll do with them.
Suede Wide Belt – No name – passed on from a previous owner – I’ve only worn it a handful of times.
Black Leather books – Frye Boots – no information on sourcing – gifted 2016
Socks- Made by Able Made New York Haute Style -100% cotton owned since 2016
This was the 4th set in a 4 part series - Double Wear - A peak into our closets. Be sure and check out @slowfashionmom Youtube video series. to see the other half.
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