Starting today, they’re asking people to incorporate the same garment into three outfits and tag it with #morewithless and @matterprints on social media. The premise, if it’s not already obvious, is to show how consuming less and wearing what you already own can be a fun creative exercise instead of a limitation. Feel free to join in on Instagram!
I wore this on Saturday (a high of 83 degrees!) to walk around downtown and catch up with shop owners I’ve befriended over the years. Charlottesville’s Downtown Mall (an outdoor pedestrian street), when it’s busy, is such a fun, bustling place perfect for people watching, bumping into people you know, and enjoying the homegrown music of buskers.
Unfortunately, the neo-Nazis and the violence they brought with them in August of last year has slowed down traffic to many local businesses as tourists fear that it’s not safe and the local pro-Confederate population boycotts Charlottesville for being “too liberal.” It’s a mess, really, so it’s nice to be able to give people my business and my support when I get the chance.
I actually bumped into the local Equal Exchange rep who trained me when I worked at the coffee shop and had a great time “talking shop” about the fair trade industry. Then I headed over to Low Vintage, my favorite curated vintage store in town, and co-owner Nora gave me a sweet deal on an ’80s cotton sundress. The evening ended with local music, French wine, and sushi. It was perfect.