(cartoon from The New Yorker's Tumblr)
There's a lot of talk now about finding the perfect white shirt, the perfect bag, little black dress, etc etc etc. We also know (don't we?) there really isn't any such thing. Everything always has a flaw somewhere. And what seems perfect at the moment of purchase never keeps its promise.
It's a lot easier to find things to wear that we cherish, that make us feel great, that are just right for right now. But it's never perfect, that's a losing game. And objects do eventually fall apart—if well cared for they last longer, but everything ages (which often makes it even more beautiful).
If we can't find clothing that fulfills every need, we can look for:
✚ Design that pleases us, and maybe even thrills us
✚ Ethical manufacturing practices
✚ Quality of materials and construction
✚ Easy to wear: comfortable, works with our aesthetic
✚ We feel more like ourselves when we wear it (the super-power of self-expression)
I'll say it again, getting dressed should be a pleasure. Don't get caught up in the hamster wheel of perfection.