What I'm Adding to My Ethical Wardrobe This Fall

building an ethical, minimalist wardrobe
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Before I'm inundated with fall promotional emails, I thought I'd take a moment to honestly reflect on what I "need" for the upcoming season.

Uh...nothing.

You read that right. I've been doing this ethical fashion thing for almost 5 years and I can finally, confidently say that I have all the wardrobe building blocks I want in my life.



It's not that I needed to transition my whole wardrobe over to "ethical" items in order for it to feel complete. It's that my time on the fast fashion hamster wheel had so effectively discombobulated my sense of self that I wasn't really sure what I, 1. liked to wear and 2. would actually wear. Through lots of trial and error, I've arrived at a place - at least for now - that feels like home. It doesn't hurt that there seems to be an increasing freedom around what silhouettes and styles are in at any given moment. I've been able to confidently keep things for years and years, both because the sustainable purchases I've made are better quality in general and because the styles just work for my life.

Now, once those emails arrive, I might be tempted, which is part of the reason I'm recording this publicly right now. No matter how long I'm at this, I'm always itching for shiny and new. It's human nature.

I should also mention that I will be reviewing a few clothing items in August that I plan on incorporating into my fall wardrobe: a cardigan, a dress, and a kimono-style robe. These pieces are practical for me, because they allow me to add interest to my daily uniform of Everlane tees. Each piece is versatile and can be worn a few different ways.

I love fresh fashion seasons even if I'm not shopping because the magazine spreads and style blogs are brimming with inspirational content. I'm looking forward to sharing outfits made of old things that still feel vibrant and interesting.

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Are you tempted by sales and new arrivals? Are you adding anything to your wardrobe in the upcoming season?

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