I buy most of my clothes from thrift stores or from companies that adhere to responsibility standards for their workers and for the environment. Like Timberland. I’ll buy their shoes without hesitation. Plus I comb racks at Savers and Goodwill, looking for gently-used pieces to add to my closet. I started this practice shortly after the 2013 collapse of a garment factory in Bangladesh. I promised myself to lessen my contribution to the profitability of this type of exploitation and so far, so good.
The searching out is fun, too. Like a little treasure hunt.
Anyway, these jeans…they are in like-new condition. But they were too loose around the waist and I hate wearing a belt. So this afternoon I got out the seam ripper and took off the band almost all the way around, made some strategic darts, shortened the band in the back so it fits again, and sewed that puppy back into place. Sewed the belt loops back into place. I win.