January’s Theme Is “Consumption”—What Do You Want to Read?

Consumption Month

Longtime readers, I know what you’re thinking: “Consumption Month? Pretty sure they already did that.”

And to you I say: Yes, you are absolutely correct. In November of 2016, it was Consumption Month on Man Repeller.

However! As we batted around ideas about what we should focus on this January—what’s been on our minds; what kind of mood we’d be in—the word “consumption” came up again and it appealed in a new way.

First, there’s our evolving understanding of sustainability in fashion, and in particular, how we can embrace it more fully in ways that feel both effective and fun. It’s a topic that everyone on the MR team has explored this year, both on the site and IRL—in September, Harling even took a trip to Zara’s HQ in Madrid to better understand how massive retailers are updating their practices. We shared our favorite sustainable brands. Profiled a sustainability-minded stylist. Asked for your input on the topic. Leandra made a “list of questions to ask yourself before you shop.” We published that last one during holiday shopping prime time, and I’ve turned back to it multiple times since then. And this month, you can expect more genuinely useful stories like that one, such as…

-Ideas for tailoring clothes you don’t l-o-v-e love anymore
-How to create a capsule wardrobe when you’re a maximalist
-What’s the smartest way to use a clothing rental service?
-Secrets to finding the best stuff on Etsy
-The one pair of black pants Harling’s obsessed with right now

And then there’s another really simple way to look at the subject of consumption and how it feels to us right this minute. All you have to do is ask yourself two questions: 1. What do you want more of in your life? And 2. What do you want less of? Then: Which of those things can be swapped for one another and which ones are at odds?

A few things we’ll be mulling over…

-What happens when you take out your Airpods and start listening again?
-Why are there so many types of cereal?
-How many coffees are sold (and what kinds?) during a cafe’s rush hour in New York?
-When you lose something, how hard is it to get it back, really?
-Which purchases promised to change our lives and then, sadly, did not?

Then, of course, we’ve left some space for your consumption-related desires, too. What do you want more of on MR this month? What do you want less of? Let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to give it to you… or, you know, not give it to you.

Mallory Rice

Mallory Rice is a writer who sometimes has bangs and sometimes does not. She was previously the executive editor of this fine website.

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