Sharing clothes saves resources if it means fewer pieces are bought. For garments to have multiple users, fit matters; but they also have to be shared with the right people. Sharing works when a bond and joint identity is reinforced by common use; when a memory is re-lived; and when access is gained not just to more and different pieces but also to the values, taste and sensibilities of the owner.
Five year stretch
“This is a dress that I’ve had for 25 years and share with my sister. We
sort of have it for 5 years each and then post it back to each other
and it’s like fancy dress for me… almost like cross dressing… it brings
out a different part of me."
Totnes, Devon - June 2009
Photograph by Fiona Bailey