It’s Fashion Revolution Day (see BOF) and you are supposed to show the world your Zara’s, Primark’s and Co.’s or run down to the Eco store and get an organic T-shirt for the day. If you do one of these I don’t think Fashion Revolution Day makes any sense at all. Instead of doing the scientist girl today, wearing my T-shirt inside out, because my head is in the cloud, I took out my T-shirts instead and organized them according to type and organic cotton value. For someone like me who buys out of necessity or just instant “love on first sight and 50++% off”, I own two organic T-shirts, 4 T-shirts I collected over the years and 9 every day T-shirts which should be partly organic cotton but it seems to me they were only on the package I bought them in. The good thing now is that I know that I lack fashion consciousness when it come to my T-shirts organic factor, the bad news is that right now I cannot do anything about it. I am not going to buy new T-shirts and throw out the ones with no organic on it. The only thing I can do is buy organic if I need to replace my standard T-shirts in the future.
I am currently reading Peter Lynch’s Beating the Street stock market investing book and came across one quote I really liked:
It has a deeper meaning than just knowing in what you invest. When you look at the picture I put of my scarce (compared to the rest of my wardrobe, I have to admit it’s rather tragic) T-shirt collection, I have a story to tell about every one of them and another story for the basic collection. Ask yourselves today when you open your closets, “What’s in here and why do I have all of it?”. Can you tell a story about every pair of jeans and do you know how many you possess without looking? I think being conscious about what you own and why you own it is far more important than wearing your T-shirt inside out for the day. I am not trying to put down the Fashion Revolution Day, but you should see why they ask you to turn around your clothes, to have a closer and deeper look and to understand your wardrobe instead of just adding trends every season. It is not a call to run out and buy organic and throw out the good stuff you already have, it is a question of how much you care for what you have.
In my T-shirt collection:
1 Greenpeace organic cotton I had for 10 years now. It states that you should use positive energy and reject negative one.
1 Filipa K V-neck white, I bought as a response to the Scandinavian Fashion in Stockholm. I wear it happily as a luxurious piece.
1 Harvard and 1 UCLA T-shirt I got from my BF when he visited Boston and Los Angeles.
1 Have a nice day T-shirt my mother gave me for no reason.
1 Rolling Stone I snatched away from an American woman in an outlet store in Basel 4 years ago.
1 Isabel Marant to wear with my cool jeans.
1 Benetton I have for three years now and used to paint the house.
7 Basic ones from Muji which should include some organic cotton ones. I wear them under everything casual and to do sports.
Tell me, how many stories do you have in your closet?
I just checked the web and haven’t found anything about this event on Style.com or any of the fashion blogs I frequent…it must be the first fashion related movement the general crowd doesn’t get excited about, I wonder if they are busy searching for organic cotton in their wardrobes.