In fact, unlike many of the bloggers who I have seen swear off buying unethically made clothing, I have the distinct pleasure of disliking both online shopping and opshopping (or thrifting).
Why do I dislike online shopping? Firstly, living in New Zealand means that I usually don't get free shipping or returns (with the exception of ASOS, I believe). Secondly, often there aren't precise measurements on the site. Thirdly, even when there are, the measurements don't necessarily indicate whether a garment will actually fit well on my body or not. I've never had an item of clothing or shoes that I bought online fit properly.
|Dress and petticoat that I bought online in April last year. I have worn the dress once and the petticoat twice.|
|Skirt, blouse, scarf all opshopped. Pantihose given to me. Barely worn any of them. Bought the wig online - wear that occasionally.|
|One of my favourite outfits ever, and the only thing I owned was the black cami xD The rest of it cost up into the hundreds, so I took a photo and left it in the shop. It makes me just as happy having this photo as it would having the clothes.|
I feel somewhat like I'm just jumping on the bandwagon, following in the footsteps of bloggers I follow and respect as they make conscious decisions about what they wear and how they influence the world through their purchases, but although I have no problem in emulating the decision of those women, I do think this is also a conscious decision of my own to say no to a culture that demands we buy new things constantly (which I always ignore anyway - trends, what trends?) at the expense of those who are forced to make them.
Hopefully, if this causes me lots of stress and irritation (having big-ish boobs and the longest rise you ever did see cause me enough of that as it is) it will be in a funny way so I can share it with you :D
*The title of the post comes from a line in the song The Humans Are Dead by Flight of the Conchords. It was the first thing that came to mind when I began to think about this post.