June 16th, 2016
Good enough is good.
Outfit: Pink and orange dress worn under black dress worn forward. Skinny tan belt, tan wedges, chandelier earrings, re-purposed glass bracelet from an England artisan market (SIL gift!)
Ok, so now that I have only 12 days left, may be a good time to start giving some more practical solutions to this whole becoming fashion sustainable dilemma. I try to remember (like the article yesterday on Eileen Fisher), that we cannot be perfect 100% of the time. Especially when some of the choices are out of our control, like country of origin or availability where you live. However, I tend to approach this like I’ve approached healthy eating, organic food, and even parenting.
The Good Enough Principle as some call it, is exactly what it says. We cannot achieve perfection, so we need to be OK with an outcome that is sometimes short of that. I’m not advocating that we don’t try hard, or that we simply give up, but there are times that we just can’t do anything more than our best, and that’s enough. Good enough.
When it comes to becoming a good steward of our resources by aspiring to make things sustainable, it can seem like an uphill battle. Small conscious steps are better than none, and eventually they become the norm which help us to make more permanent larger changes.
Start for instance, with hanging your laundry once a week. Or try going shopping at a thrift store instead of the mall. How about buying the better made shirt instead of the cheapy one? Look at labels, choose better fabrics. Try buying online if what you need is not available in your city. And finally, start asking questions, especially from the stores you shop at. The more we ask, suggest, expect, the more chances they will listen. After all, you are the customer and they want to keep you.