Lessons From a Red Dress

Who can resist a bargain ?

I thought I’d order a red dress from Amazon.

My wardrobe is mainly white, navy blue, and camel, with a few black items, and so I thought this would really be cheerful. And what a bargain price was advertised !

When the dress arrived, there were a few disappointments, the first being the sense of body shaming I experienced. The dress was labelled XL ( extra large) !

In North America, I am considered to be a medium sized woman, with a normal BMI (body mass index). However, the dress came from China, and there, according to cultural standards, perhaps I would be considered to be especially ‘large’.

Nevertheless, the dress fit me, and I removed the tag displaying the size.

The next disappointment was the strange chemical smell of the garment, which was decidedly unpleasant. After hanging the dress outside in the sun, and then washing it, the strange odour disappeared.

Suddenly I was overcome with conviction, and realized how petty and entitled my attitude was ! I had complained about the size label, and the smell of the dress , without considering the health and safety of the workers who work in challenging conditions , using a variety of dubious chemicals to make clothing.

May God make us aware that people work in extremely uncomfortable conditions to produce ‘bargain’ products for us.

I enjoyed wearing the cheerful red dress, and remembered the people in far-away factories who had created it.

Nevertheless, I cancelled my account at Amazon.

I’d rather wear the clothes I already have rather than wear items that almost certainly involved some human suffering.

Photo courtesy of Pixabay

11 thoughts on “Lessons From a Red Dress

  1. Great points. To remember, consider, and appreciate what people may go through in the manufacturing process. I personally wash things when I buy them. I do this as a habit with clothing also with brand new bedding, knowing there are chemicals and who knows what else things have been through.
    Thanks for these important reminders, Sally. πŸ€— 🌹

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  2. You raise a valuable point that we in the West need to consider seriously; where our clothes come from. Some time ago I saw a horrendous documentary about the production of clothes for Primark which was very upsetting. I no longer buy from Primark. I try to buy Scottish/British where possible.

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    1. Thanks, Alan for the information. I will research Primark. You are wise to buy Scottish/ British where possible, especially for children’s clothing. Children tend to be sensitive to chemicals in clothing, and toys. πŸŒ·πŸ€—

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  3. Yes, I’m always so disappointed with Amazon products and have thought of the same things- terrible working conditions for those required to make these garments! I’m trying to support more small businesses trig using Etsy since it’s often difficult for me to find time to shop in person. I now have 3 things I need to return from Amazon. I’m not happy about how they do business.

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    1. Hi Amber !
      Nice to hear from you. I agree with you. I’m also looking for alternatives to clothing produced in terrible working conditions.
      Thanks for your comment. πŸŒ·πŸ€—πŸŒΌ

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  4. It’s very hard to find clothing that’s not an import. I gave up Amazon for a multitude of other reasons, I especially don’t like that you have to be an account to purchase, most places offer guest shopping.

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  5. I have mixed emotions regarding this issue. For sure I do not like the hurtful work environment in third world countries; however, taking away business might also be taking away the only way these people have to buy bread and other meager necessities. I do believe we have many more dresses than we can wear. Maybe we should just give some of our dress money outright to a charitable foundation who could help out. Mostly we need leaders of all countries to rule justly and promote human welfare. Good to see you again, Sally.

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