Dress - Carmen Marc Valvo, thrifted
Belt - MMD*
Flats - Trippen Army via PedShoes** (They're having a sale!)
What she was talking about was spending your money on whole foods (whole grains, fresh vegetables), instead of on pre-packaged meals. And yes that's important. The closer your food is to the original food, the better it's going to be for you. Bonus if you're supporting local farms and local economy directly.
But the concept of voting with your dollars (or euros, or pounds, etc) is not limited to the grocery store or farmers market. Where you spend your money decides where corporations are going to support their products. There's a reason why "organic" food has led to "organic" cotton tees. People buy it. Stores want to sell you what you want.
I used to be a fan of fast-fashion stores and discount chains. I still like snooping around the occasional Ross, but almost all of my shopping for the past year or more has gone to thrift store like Goodwill and the Good Samaritan. I'm not saying everyone go out and thrift, but learn about where you're shopping, what your dollars are going to support.
|Loved the bright cobalt and purple ties|
A bright contrast with my bright green dress
Not only does this save me money in the long run, improving my Price-Per-Wear, but I know my money has gone to support good companies and good brick-and-mortar stores when I can find them. PPW is especially important because I wear my shoes. I walk in them. A lot.
I know how much affordable, fashionable clothes mean to the world, the accessibility for many people to look professional on a dime is more important than ever. But what will be marketed and what will be available to us in the future is also important. Your money speaks to the corporations, the store owners, the grocery store owners, even my shopping at goodwill creates a demand for people to donate their goods so the stores can continue selling to me and other thrifters.
Remember how important you are as a customer. Remember the strength of your buying power.
*Links within my own site are items for sale by me. Not another company or endorsement.
**I make no money for linking to outside sites or companies. I link because I love. These shoes were purchased by me with my own money, not provided by the company.
Edited to add a link I got from Terri (@RagsMachine): The High Cost of Cheap Fashion Read it if you can. I highly support becoming educated about the world around you to make informed decisions on your own terms.