I was at a party some time ago and the hosts brought out some photographs from a previous party and there was some amusement because I was wearing the same sweater on both occasions. This did not bother me because I like that sweater and wear it as often as I can. In fact, my policy concerning clothes is to buy a few that I like and wear them over and over until they get frayed and have holes in them, and then I wear them around the house. In fact, as I write this, my shirt has a hole in the right elbow that is hidden by a sweater.
But for some people wearing the same outfits repeatedly is considered a major fashion faux pas and thus changing their wardrobes frequently is important to them. Society puts women under much greater pressure, as was evidenced by a male TV news anchor who wore the same suit, shirt, and tie for a year to see if anyone would notice the way viewers would if his female co-host wore the same outfit even just twice within a short period. Of course, no one noticed.
This desire for clothes novelty has spawned a market for really cheap clothes that people can wear and discard and thus generate new wardrobes without much expense, a practice that seems terribly wasteful to me.
On his show Last Week Tonight, John Oliver looks at the scandal of how we get these cheap clothes and the way that brand-name companies who exploit child labor overseas also exploit our short memories of their abusive practices, perhaps because the appeal of low prices makes us want to look away from how we get them.
It struck me that it should be possible for some non-profit organization to certify that the supply chain of such clothing industries conform to good practices and pay fair wages, such as exists for things like coffee and wood products, so that people can, if they wish, buy only from reputable manufacturers