Yes. I'll admit it right away: I do have skeletons in my closet.
- I own stuff in 100% polyester (as the blouse I'm wearing in the pic...) as well as mixtures of God knows what.
- It's still rare for me to set foot in a second hand shop
- I use leather shoes, I use leather bags, I eat meat. All three are things I've consumed just this past week.
...and I'm sure I have (many!) more flaws.
Do these bullet points make it impossible to be sustainable? Not much.
- I've promised myself never to shop another piece in bad material again. Old sins live on in my closet, sure, but those I can't do anything about so I'd better use the hell out of them.
- I've now been to some second hand shops, even though I still don't think they're the answer to the problem (read more about why tomorrow!)
- I think that leather shoes and bags are more likely to stay in one piece (like forever) if you only take care of them (here you have some tricks for how to take care of your bags and your leather shoes!). I also think that plastic materials are very uncomfortable in the heat (like glue to the skin) and in the cold (like ice), which is the no. one reason for me not wearing something - and if anything, that's not sustainable! You should use the stuff you buy! And about the meat. I eat meat maybe once a week. I only buy eco. So. That's how it is.
Again: I admit, I have skeletons in my closet. But one person can't do it all. So don't make it so damn difficult, do what you can! The risk otherwise is that you end up doing nothing at all.
It can take some time and you may need to suffer several failures, but at least you're doing something! And something IS better than nothing. Period.
Modern women don't choose between sustainability and luxury, we take them both