5 Lingerie Resolutions for 2016
With a new year beginning, I wanted to spend some time thinking about what I want to get out of my lingerie life in 2016. A lot of the things I found myself thinking about were bigger than lingerie — questions about sustainability and ethics and financial goals. They were about my desire to have less quantity and more quality in my life, my desire to take myself more seriously and love myself more. All these goals sort of creep from my daily life into my lingerie life. Or maybe they aren’t so unrelated, given how much clothing, especially lingerie, has an impact on my feelings and thoughts about myself. So for 2016, here’s what I want to do to make my lingerie drawer, and my life as a whole, a better place to be:
1. Buy less lingerie.
It might seem counterproductive to buy less of something you love, but I’ve realized that my lingerie collection has gotten out of control. On most days I either wear a soft cup bra or my GC2B binder, or if I’m on my way to the gym, a compression sports bra. That’s 3 garments. I own something like twelve, because I keep scooping up cute-but-not-me purchases at sales. Not to mention panties, boxer briefs, and other underthings that I buy in quantities that way exceed my actual use.
It’s unnecessary. I want to spend more time using what I actually have. In 2016 I think I might acquire one more binder (so that I have one when the first one’s in the wash) and replace things as they wear out. But overall I want to stay away from impulse purchases so that I can buy pieces I really believe in.
2. Find out where my lingerie comes from.
After researching my article on pricing and indie lingerie and working conditions, I realized that my own lingerie collection tends to be fast-fashion and therefore come out of sweatshops. While I wouldn’t tell other people, especially people living below the poverty line, where to get their lingerie, that’s hardly my situation. If I’m complaining about having too much lingerie, it’s probably time to start getting picky about where it’s from and who makes it. As my favorite pieces wear out, I’ll try to replace them one by one with alternatives that are made by people paid a living wage.
3. Give more.
I want to try to donate pieces I don’t wear, whether that be by swapping with friends or by giving to bra drives or my local LGBT thrift store. I also want to spend more time sharing my knowledge in my own community and helping people find what they need. I’ve noticed that lately I’ve been deflecting lingerie questions because I’m “not a real expert”, but it’s time to share what I do know, and help people find resources for what I don’t.
4. Look forward.
In 2016, I’d like to spend more time researching upcoming trends and innovations. Especially since I’m trying to buy fewer pieces, it’s important to know what’s out there and what I should be saving for. For example, I’m dying to try Marie Yat, this new brand that’s focused on knitted pieces and androgynous designs. I’d also love to try out the process of getting something made for me through Origami Customs, and I can’t wait to see what happens with the upcoming opening of All is Fair. Essentially I’d like to re-immerse myself in the androgynous end of the lingerie industry.
5. Take more pictures!
As much as I want to look forward, I also want to re-commit to living in the present. I don’t know how my body will change as I get older and as I make decisions about transitioning (or not). I often find myself putting off taking pictures of the body I have now because of mixed feelings about what it looks like. I’m sure I’ll want those pictures later, and I’ll want to remember the awesome pieces that helped me feel good now.
Hopefully these resolutions will help me have a better lingerie drawer — and a better life — in 2016. What are your lingerie resolutions? Let us know in the comments!