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Wear Nothing New

“I’m Jessi, and this is my suitcase. But before I show you what I’ve got inside, I’m going to make a very public confession, and that is, I’m outfit obsessed…But I don’t buy anything new.”

This is how the TEDtalk, Wearing Nothing New begins…

Designer, Jessi Arrington has tons of cool outfits but brings only a week’s worth of underwear to her TEDtalk. She was betting that she’d be able to find everything else she would want to wear when she got to Palm Springs (she lives in Brooklyn) in thrift and secondhand shops.

“And since you don’t know me as the woman walking around TED in her underwear — that means I found a few things.”

Jessie proceeds to show the TED crowd her new week’s worth of outfits, and shares highlights of her shopping adventures in wearing nothing new. Before she returns to Brooklyn, her plan was to donate everything back.

The lesson she learned during her week is that it’s okay to let go of stuff. Jessie is trying not to get emotionally attached to these beautiful things, because she’s discovered that around the corner, there is always going to be another crazy, colorful, shiny outfit just waiting for her.

I’ve written about zero-waste clothing design and clothing companies that challenge consumers to be more thoughtful about their purchases by discouraging excess, and needless consumption. But if you are an eco-fashionista with a penchant for colorful, stylish outfits that truly embody a model of conscious consumption, you’ll find this talk inspirational.

Check out Jessi Arrington’s blog, Lucky So and So. What are your thoughts about thrift shop clothing?

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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11:38AM PDT on Jun 24, 2011

i love thirft shopping :)

9:59AM PDT on Jun 18, 2011

thanks for sharing

8:20PM PDT on Jun 17, 2011

She's lucky she can find clothes that fit her at thrift stores.I'm hard to fit and have trouble finding even new clothes that fit well,I never find anything in thrift stores.Wish I could.

1:30PM PDT on Jun 16, 2011

I love wearing hand me downs and shopping at thrift stores!

12:20PM PDT on Jun 16, 2011

thanks! I try to wear my clothes until they are unwearable... I've had jeans for years and years that are still holding up!

1:57PM PDT on Jun 15, 2011

Interesting, Thanks for article...

9:38PM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

I live in the UK and the prices have gone up considerably in charity shops and sometimes there is no difference between new and second hand.

12:52PM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

Great! Thanks.

11:33AM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

Thhanks for sharing this

11:05AM PDT on Jun 13, 2011

Clothes are expensive nowadays (depending on where you shop and when). I only get clothes if I need it, since I don't earn a lot. And then clothes that I don't wear anymore, I give them to someone else.

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