Where to Shop (Responsibly)

 

A LITTLE CONTEXT:

A capsule wardrobe by definition is not inherently inclusive of [only] ethically made clothing and/or, conscientious style abiding brands. But the two ideologies certainly do bolster one another and the dialogue overlaps seemingly more and more everyday.

Less is more, but quality is more too…

And then there’s ‘ethically made’.

Now there’s a loaded statement regarding fashion! Warranting an entire conversation in and of itself.  I think Caroline accurately addressed the spectrum that exists within the slow fashion advocate community and Leah unveils hard truths and even more grey areas that exist regarding ethical fashion — as opposed to the black and white matter we would sometimes paint it to be. But the more I thought about all of the components that were causing me a sense of cognitive dissonance I realized that when you boil down the word “ethical” you are largely left with: right vs. wrong…

I believe it is not right to support the existence of a clothing industry that relies on cheaply made, will fall-apart-in-three-months pieces and that promotes an impulsive, fast paced, must-be-on-trend, new-outfit-for-every-occasion, I-have-nothing-to-wear fashion culture.

I also believe it is not right to disregard (and therefore not adhere to) my own household budget in order to support an industry that relies on quality made clothing and conscientious brands — and also supplies me with an adequate number of pieces I need to function within my lifestyle. Being a mom with young children is taxing on any wardrobe. Navigating a postpartum body just makes it that much more challenging.

Right now my capsule wardrobe experience has sparked a desire to march to the beat of a different drum: slow fashion. And even though my commitment level feels black and white I know the process will not be.

RIGHT NOW MY BABY STEPS INVOLVE:

  • Purchasing high quality secondhand pieces first when I identify a clothing need,
  • adding high quality items from brands that emphasize transparency + do not bolster ‘trends’ and
  • filling in the few remaining gaps with extremely conscientious purchases from brands that would likely be considered members of the fast fashion community — these pieces are always something I genuinely love on me, fit my core style and do not fall into the category “trendy”.

I’ve baby-stepped my way to less is more — purchasing fewer pieces and dressing with about 40 pieces each season as a mom with young kids, who works part time in an office setting and lives on a farm…

Now I’m baby-stepping my way to quality is more too.

WHERE TO SHOP | THE NEXT STEPS:

I’m finding this new mindset begins with the unbelievably overwhelming task of re-learning to do yet another thing: where to shop.  I’ve begun by simply creating a bookmark folder on my browser’s bookmark bar containing the following retailer links below — with the goal of curating a selection of brands I love that align with my overall style goals that I can easily consult when I’ve identified a wardrobe need or want.

Because I’d be willing to bet I’m not alone in this matter (Andrea, Paige and Karin have all shared similar sentiments as mine) I’m sharing this small curated list of shops and/or retailers with you. I am by no means an expert in this area (in fact quite the opposite…) but I truly hope you find it of some use.

Be sure to check back as I continue to add, change or otherwise update this space. And please, let me know if you have any questions!

MY GO TO RETAILERS + SHOPS

Nisolo*

Everlane*

ThredUP*

Brass Clothing

American Apparel*

Etsy*

IMBY

FashionABLE*

Ebay | Pre-owned

Pyne and Smith

Sonnet James

Bryr Clogs

Grainline Studios

Grana*

Piper and Scoot (made in USA options)

Clad and Cloth (made in USA options)

Jamie + the Jones (made in Nashville, TN)

Madewell*

ASOS | Maternity*

Nordstrom | Made in USA*

H&M Concious*

American Roots

ModCloth | Made in USA*

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*indicates a referral or affiliate link