Finding my Tempo Giusto- Part 2. Say No to the (New) Dress!

As an aspiring fashionista I wanted new clothes and shoes

Shopping for them was a way to drive away the blues

I would wear things once and put away

Clothes that did not then see the light of the day

For days, months, even years, I confess

I dressed for pleasure, I dressed to impress

Even though showing off was not strictly my intention

I sent off the message that I had beautiful possessions

My spare time was spent in browsing websites

Adding clothes to my cart was my indulgence most nights

In what was my previous life I would have certainly

Been outraged if you mentioned wearing preowned things to me

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When the pandemic hit, there was nowhere to go

At work, hidden under PPE my clothes did not show

My wardrobe became a museum of sorts

In my germophobic state, I definitely did not

Miss donning new outfits every day

The landfills must be thanking me today

I realized how I was playing a part

In degrading the environment by filling up my cart

As opportunities arose to go out some more

I did not rush to physical or online clothing stores

Instead more creative I got with my closet

My shopping threshold had been reset

When the need and urge to buy something new arose

Preowned items (likely preloved too) I chose

From the waste of fast fashion to steps albeit small

Towards conservation, my attitude underwent an overhaul

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I’m trying to get back to my fashion-loving ways

I am glad to say, in more sustainable ways

Pleasant side effects of this change happen to be

More saving, more authenticity, more creativity..

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