Often times when I’ve brought up the topic of ethical and sustainable fashion, friends respond by saying something to effect of “that’s nice, but there’s no way I could afford that.” That was my mindset when I first started to look into alternative brands as well, but I’ve been pleasantly surprised by the affordable, but still fair, options that are on the market today. I’ve been able to find many brands that are comparable in price or even less expensive than fast fashion brands, and while affordability is a relative term, I hope there will be something for everyone among the brands I share. Today I’d like to start with knit basics such as tees, leggings, and tanks.
For Christmas this year I received a pretty exciting gift: Everlane’s Foldover Crossbody! This bag had been on my wish list since it was released, and I’m so happy to have it in my closet. When I was originally researching this handbag, I struggled to find reviews or information about it, so I wanted to write down my thoughts on it for any of you who might be interested in it! Everlane orders these leather goods from a small factory in Spain that employs around twenty people, and the care and attention to detail really shows in the finished handbag.
Minimal design + blush color = practically perfect!
Winter is finally hitting my city, and as I type this, there’s a chance of snow. The chill in the air has me thinking more about my winter capsule wardrobe and the pieces that I want to wear for the next few months. I don’t have a lot of pieces in my closet that are exclusive to either winter or fall, so I’m sure there will be some overlap between the two seasons, but I have a few new additions to make as well as some items to switch out.
I’m once again utilizing my capsule wardrobe planner which is still available for you to use also. It contains space for planning your shopping, color scheme, a list of ethical brands, and more! You can download the planner here, and I hope you find it helpful! Another resource I’m really enjoying as I plan is The Curated Closet by Anuschka Rees. It’s full of great advice on personal style and developing a wardrobe you love.
Let’s get planning.
Finding my personal style has been tricky over the year because I love so many different styles aesthetically. Recently, however, I had an interesting realization. I had just gotten home from running errands and was wearing a pretty standard casual outfit for me: jeans, a striped tee, and a jacket. After hanging up my green jacket, I walked by a mirror and happened to think to myself that I really liked what I was wearing: my jeans and my striped shirt with a simple gold necklace. Here’s what I realized: I feel 10 times more confident and myself in a more minimal and neutral outfit right now. This felt surprising to the girl who loves floral prints and unique colors, but it gave me an idea.
For the duration of my winter capsule wardrobe, I am going to experiment with wearing what I would call “minimalist style.”
Simple outfits, a subtle color palette, and clean lines.
We’ve come to the final part of my decluttering series, and I wanted to say thank you for all of your kind words on this little project! I’m so glad it’s inspiring you to clean out parts of your life, and I’ve so enjoyed putting this together. For the last installment in my decluttering series, I decided to tackle my shoes, handbags, and jewelry. I don’t clear out these items regularly, so I was curious to see how I used what I had, and what items were just taking up extra space in my life. Accessories are not something I own a lot of, but I was surprised at how much I had accumulated that I just don’t get use out of.