Just as I was starting to get used to the nice weather, it started raining cats and dogs this morning and continued through the day. This dampened my original plan to wear a dress and frolic but more importantly, it taught me to never take sunshine for granted again. From now on, I will try to be out doors as much as possible when it's gorgeously sunny out. Despite all this, something good did come out of my ruined outfit-plan though. The rain made me yearn for comfort and coziness thus I ended up draping myself in all sorts of over-sized things. And here is the turn out.
I've been wanting to wear my D.I.Y. boyfriend jeans for a while now but couldn't figure out what to pair it with. Since the boyfriend jeans are such a hot item, I didn't want to style it according to any of the popular trends. So I put my own spin on it by wearing them with these cute little booties and an over-sized sweater; but it's really just my natural tendency to pair everything with knit-wear.
I've been doing a lot of D.I.Y. sewing and altering lately because I've been shopping predominantly at thrift shops and occasionally American Apparel since the beginning of the year. You see, I've committed myself to my new year's resolution to not purchase anything new that has been manufactured overseas or in sweatshops. I gotta say, it hasn't been an easy journey. Since my conscious effort in trying to eliminate consumption of outsourced products, I've realized just how difficult it is to be a socially responsible consumer. Because almost everything we buy has been outsourced at some point. Thus it is virtually impossible for us, the consumers, who are only familiar with the final product to even know the processes involved in making an article of clothing or an everyday household item. Therefore, the biggest problem resides not with people's inability to boycott sweatshop goods, but their disconnect with the things they buy. Because even if one wants to fulfill his/her oaths as a "karmic shopper", sometimes we simply cannot make an informed decision to be ethical because we don't always know everything about the things we purchase. So far, I have been successful at resisting the urge to buy new clothes made in sweatshops. Hopefully, by the end of this year I would've made a small, albeit meaningful difference in the world.