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Yesterday's Slow Clothes outfit: a 1970s wrap skirt which I work with a Jones of New York Tee shirt and a necklace I bought at Chico's for $5.

You’ve heard of Slow Food. It’s a grassroots movement that links the pleasure of food with a commitment to community and the environment. Here’s a thought that occurred to me last night after browsing through all the catalogs that arrived in yesterday’s mail: Retailers have learned how to make me salivate like one of Pavlov’s dogs. I have a closet packed to overflowing, yet I open these catalogs faithfully and begin lusting for something new.

At least once a week, I stand in front of my closet (actually, there are two) and silently groan that I have nothing to wear. What I should be doing is looking in the mirror—not literally, but figuratively—asking myself this question: what is the effect of my excess consumption on the world? I think I know the answer, but that’s a subject for another blog post.  This blog is really all about people having fun and being creative with fashion (especially the vintage kind) so we won’t go there today.

I figure this is the perfect space for something better than that. I’m going to start practicing what I believe: that I already have enough, that slowing down the impulse to buy more and have more will be better for me and better for the world.

So, for the next year, declaring my own Slow Clothes Movement: no new clothes purchases. From now through July 22, 2012, everything I wear will fall into one of the following categories:

1)   Something vintage. (If you really think about it, vintage is the very definition of slow clothes, simmered and braised over time.)

2)   Something I thrifted. (It takes time and patience to thrift. I’m usually a little more careful about thrift buys. Who wants to buy a used Target shirt for $4 that I could have easily bought at Target  when it was new for…$4? I can buy something old that’s new. It must be pre-owned.)

3)   Something I already own. (Heaven only knows, there’s plenty there to work with there!)

4)   Something someone gave me. (I promise not to mooch.)

5)   Something I made or remade. (I learned to sew when I was in high school, but it’s been years since I’ve made anything for myself. Can I resurrect my sewing skills in the next year? Anything I can make, I can wear.)

I’m counting on you to keep me honest, so I’ll post regularly about what I’m wearing, making and thrifting. If you’re reading this, I’d just love it if you would join me in this year-long challenge, the Slow Clothes Movement. I’ll highlight your winning Slow Clothes efforts right along my own. Share your news/photos on our Facebook page or e-mail your results to me at crystal@dressedherdaysvintage.com. For those of us who say we love vintage, this should force us to put our money where our mouth is! It would be great if we could figure out a way to connect this movement with our own communities. Any great ideas about how we could do that? I’d love to hear them.