Want & Need

Screen shot 2014-02-16 at 10.15.52 PMYesterday it happened.  As I settled down to read A Clash of Kings, I heard a rip.  Sure enough, my ancient skinny jeans from H&M had ripped through the right thigh.  Sigh.

It’s been a long time in coming.  If it’s not the thigh it’s the pockets, right?  Denim wears out, and I’ve meant to replace these jeans for months.  But after numerous searches for “environmentally responsible jeans,” and “organic jeans,” I didn’t click purchase.  Since I don’t own many clothes, I want each piece to do double-duty: dress-up, dress-down, work with boots and flats, be flattering and comfortable.  It seems unlikely to find such jeans without trying them on.

So I hailed it to two consignment stores, tried on numerous pairs of jeans, and found two that fit great in the waist and hip.  But one was long in the leg, and the other a bit short.  Yet I was down to a pair, and these were priced $20 and $40, respectively.  Worth it to tie me over?  Hmm…

I wanted a new pair of jeans.  I still want a new pair of jeans – but do I need them?

In some ways, yes.  I wear them often, they’re versatile and comfortable, and I miss being able to throw them on after work, or to take a walk, or run a quick errand.  On the other hand, I have two other pairs.  I have sweatpants I can wear for walks.  I have plenty of skirts that don’t see a lot of sun.

I didn’t buy the two that I found.  It was tempting!  But the commitment to own and consume less reminds me that it’s not worth buying something you don’t love, even if it doesn’t cost much.  Jeans can wait.  I’ll keep checking second-hand clothes and if that feels exhausted, maybe spring for a new pair of eco-jeans and hope for a good fit.

In the meantime, challenge accepted: how many ways can I wear skirts?

What about you?  Any wants vs. needs over your weekend?  Any rips? 

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