By spending our days in more or less a state of isolation our priorities have shifted. At this time last year, we were planning our summer vacations and picking up a few new pieces to take with us on on our journeys. Contrary to current fashion magazine reportage, my guess is that we are not focused on what is trending for spring or summer. I am sure most of you are satisfied with your wardrobes because, for the time being, the latest fashion trends are no longer on our radar.
Now our priorities are our health, economic situation, the safety of our families, and making sure the kids are okay. Wait—I forgot about groceries and booze. Having enough to eat and drink weighs heavily on our minds as well. These are the concerns that pretty much predominate our thoughts, not whether cropped pants remain au courant.
I have always loved fashion because it is a pathway to reimagining ourselves. But, like a lot of consumerism, we went overboard because there was so much. We bought something new merely because we read that Kate Middleton had one just like it. Or we bought something new because it was trending. Or even worse, we made a new purchase simply because it was cheap.
Never before has there been so much inventory to choose from. In fact, there is so much clothing produced that fashion houses routinely burn their overstock in order to dispose of it.
Clothing is not the only consumer product that has become so disposable. Furniture and housewares are also problematic. For years we wanted newness for the sake of newness, whether it was a new pair of shoes or a new blender or new patio furniture and the cheaper the better.
It’s time for a reset.
We can still plan a summer vacation but maybe this year we will travel by car to somewhere with expansive views and no tourists. When we pack we will take our most beloved summer pieces—the ones we’ve always gravitated toward because the fabric and fit are perfection. Before we take off we will make sure that our families are safe, the kids are okay, and that we’ve taken enough wine to enjoy once we have arrived at our destination.
Eat well, wash your hands a lot, and stay safe!