I am about to break my Ready To Wear Fast today after one year and five days.
I decided to observe the 2015 RTW Fast in January 2015, and that happened to coincide with the time I started my blog.
The last time I purchased clothes was December 28, 2014. I met a dear friend Kristina for breakfast and then we headed out on our shopping adventures.
Well, Its Jan 2, 2016 now and its been one year and 5 days. When I started the fast, I knew I had the discipline to not purchase a single piece of clothing in 2015. I took this fast mainly because it would help me accomplish my goal, which was to improve my skill, and learn how to make better garments. Looking back I can truly say that the fast made me push myself to expand my creativity.
Today, I can shop again.. but the questions is… do I want to shop? I am not surprised that I don’t feel excited about shopping. Do I really want to try on five pairs of jeans in hopes that one fits?
Maybe the excitement will hit me when I look at clothes on the rack, or when I actually try something on. The problem is, I cannot help but think about the fact that I know nothing about who made this garment, whether they were working under decent conditions, or whether it was made in a facility where people work for less than minimum wage, in inhumane conditions..
You see, the image of the “Last Embrace” is forever burned in my memory… If you don’t know what the last embrace is, it has to do with the Bangladesh Factory collapse a few years ago
My current feelings: I am going to go shopping, however I am not sure what I will buy. We shall see.. I don’t think I am going to go back to mainly wearing RTW, but I do feel the need to buy some basic layering items, some basic tees, maybe a pair of jeans.. but I will just have to report back on how it goes.
If I had to describe my current mood, I would say “Awkward” . It feels awkward and strange to be going shopping. I have not looked at clothes in over a year, I have not even browsed the garments racks, I have not been in a fitting room. It honestly feels strange.. As my dear friend Vik would put it “I am feeling some kinda way”…
Anyways.. I felt the need to come pen down my feelings..Now I am off to look for some wardrobe basics.. and for support, I am taking my mum along.. If nothing else, it will be a fun mom and daughter outing!
Happy New Year all!!!
See you soon!