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  •  Yo, pickle!! (1+ / 0-)
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    Light Emitting Pickle

    I'm still in awe of the diary the other night!  Good to see ya!

    1-20-09 The Darkness Ends "Where cruelty exists, law does not." ~ Alberto Mora.

    by noweasels on Thu Mar 29, 2007 at 10:33:55 PM PDT

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    •  Thanks noweasels (2+ / 0-)
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      sberel, noweasels

      This is a fantastic diary! This should be really helpful.

      A few years ago, when I got my first "real" job, I was so worried about how I would afford appropriate clothing. I'm in academia, which is less formal than the business world, but I prefer business formal attire when I teach (partly to counteract the fact that I look like a student). As it turns out, my MIL had just retired. We're the same size. So I inhereted almost her entire wardrobe. And she has some REALLY nice clothing. That was my Christmas gift for two years. Talk about good timing!

      Now, I try to keep a running tally of what I want/need and buy good quality clothing on sale. I avoid certain designers, because they use the Marianas Islands. Fortunately, because I'm generally not under time-pressure to buy (that list comes in handy!) and because we're doing okay financially, I have some alternatives.

      My worry is that people who are just starting out will have a hard time making ethical decisions about clothing. It seems to me that the variety of clothing options has decreased substantially over the past 10 years. Quite striking, really.

      But, anyway - great diary!

      •  Thank you, LEP! (2+ / 0-)
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        sberel, Light Emitting Pickle

        I share your concerns about ethical clothing!  It's so hard to find anything affordable that doesn't come with an ethical dilemma about who made it.  So sad that our once great textile industry has been decimated -- so sad for the workers that had decent union jobs making our clothing.  And so sad because anything that is made here (or in France or England or Germany or Italy -- countries where we can believe children are not being exploited) is so amazingly expensive. Another tragic consequence of misplaced globalization: the poor get poorer and the rich get richer.  And in the meantime: what are our young folks to do?  Their options are far more limited than they were when I was first joining the workforce in 1978; that's for sure. I hope I offered a few helpful hints tonight.  Bless you, pickle.  Thank you for this comment!

        1-20-09 The Darkness Ends "Where cruelty exists, law does not." ~ Alberto Mora.

        by noweasels on Thu Mar 29, 2007 at 10:48:58 PM PDT

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