Is There More Enterprise in Going Naked? Some Musings On Clothing

Is clothing superficial? Does it matter what we wear? I love clothes, and was raised in the garment business. What I don’t care about much is fashion.
Which is probably for the best. I’m old, zaftig, and on a budget. High fashion is not for me. Cute separates are. And I do understand fabric and design. I know the history of paisley, and of menswear.
But what about how these clothes are made? My grandmother was a union organizing seamstress. I’m wearing throw away style made in China. What to do?
I’ve tried different approaches, clothing diets, so to speak. At one point, I bought nothing new for almost a year. Just second hand and hand me down. Then I bought only clothes from the source—hence my 11 pairs of tie-dyed leggings purchased at numerous farmer’s and craft markets—and from collectives, including many embroidered items from Marketplace of India.
Basically I cycle through my binge and purge of acquiring clothes without much real resolution.
Then Nordstrom caught my attention, and you know why—they dumped Ivanka. I know this is petty, but then again, I was raised in a household where if the public did not purchase my father’s coats, we did not prosper. A secondary—consumer—boycott—is a powerful thing.
A problem, though—Nordstrom is too fancy for me. My chicer than I am sisters like it. But my look is decidedly Santa Fe hippie cum classroom teacher. I did find a pair of loose pink pants that might possibly work. But it might be back to Target (with their good employee policies) for me.
If I am truly honest, the only place I boycott with verve is Hobby Lobby. And that’s sad, as I love their aisles. But I just can’t support them.
However, I’m never going to be a real purist. I wish I was better…I try to be better…and then find myself with something…cute, of unknown origin.

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About Miriam Sagan

I'm blogging about poetry, land art, haiku, women artists, road trips, and Baba Yaga at Miriam's Well ( The well is ALWAYS looking to publish poetry on our themes, sudden fiction, and guest bloggers and musers.

One thought on “Is There More Enterprise in Going Naked? Some Musings On Clothing

  1. From reader Michael G. Smith–
    Certainly at times it matters what we wear – on the ski slope or scuba diving, for example. And certainly an astronaut on a space walk outside the Space Station better be wearing the correct wardrobe. And a park ranger at the Grand Canyon told me the story of the naked backpacker fried to a crisp they had to carry out….

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