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Wardrobe Additions: April 2018

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In the interest of accountability, I am thinking about starting a monthly series called Wardrobe Additions, where I list what I purchased (or acquired through collaborations) each month.

It's a vulnerable task, but I think it will serve me well, and maybe it will be interesting to you all, too.

I've been staying pretty true to my Spring Capsule Wardrobe with a couple exceptions: I've added in sandals whenever the weather spikes above 70, continued to use sweaters on cooler days, and haven't really taken advantage of skirts or dresses, with the exception of Easter Sunday. This is exactly why I will only use a flexible capsule: whim, occasion, and weather patterns necessitate it.

I've gotten a lot of use out of my spring shoes, however, and have tried to prioritize them over winter or summer footwear because I really only prefer low cut, closed toe styles when the weather is mild. I ended up returning the Everlane Babos and replacing them with a pair of Franco Sarto flats, purchased locally. They're not the most ethical purchase, but the style is more timeless than the Babos.

There are a couple items I received in April that I'll be spotlighting in May, so I'm not going to include them here.

APRIL PURCHASES AND ACQUISITIONS
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Everlane Cheeky Straight Leg Jeans in Faded Indigo, Sky Blue, and Black

I wouldn't normally purchase three pairs of one thing at a time, but I had store credit and these jeans are awesome! They're fitted at the waist to the top of the hip, but then skim the leg the rest of the way down. I have thicker thighs and my knees sometimes swell due to standing on my feet all day, so these are so much comfier than the skinny leg version and I plan to wear them every season. After months of looking for jeans I can wear every single day without discomfort, I am relieved to have found these.

I measured myself again before buying these and discovered that my waist is 29" so that's what size I ordered. I find these true to size with a looser fit in the butt. If you don't mind a waist that pinches, you may prefer to go down one size.

Someone recently asked me if Everlane is really ethical and I honestly told her, "it depends." In the case of their low waste, resource responsible denim factory, however, I'm completely on board.

uncommon goods rug

Franco Sarto Flats

Bought to replace the Babos, a cool-toned neutral with a simple, rounded toe. I also bought this adorable rug from Uncommon Goods (because our old one literally blew away in a wind storm), but that's not a wardrobe addition.

Ankura ethical rib knit dress

Ankura Rib Knit Dress (c/o)

A soft, pima cotton dress made ethically in Peru. I'll be posting a full review of this piece on Monday.

WAMA Underwear (c/o)

See my review here and get a discount code.

New Undies from PACT Apparel

I took advantage of PACT's 40% off sale last weekend to stock up on some basic, lace-waist undies to replace my disintegrating pairs from a conventional brand.

Vintage Cotton Sundress

My favorite vintage shop in town, Low, is chock full of reasonably priced vintage. I don't visit very often, but when I do, I look for sundresses from the 80s and 90s because I can't resist the "V" angled waist on dresses from that era. Co-owner Nora knocked a few dollars off the dress I bought because she knows I have a blog, which was very kind of her.

smockwalker vintage #haulternative fashion revolution

Items for #haulternative Post from Smockwalker Vintage (c/o)

Justina sent me a pair of jeans and two blouses to upcycle for Fashion Revolution Week. See the posts here: Embroidered Blouse, Fringed Denim, Beet Dyed Blouse

Total Items: 14

Thoughts: Overall, I think I made smart decisions this month. I acquired a little more than usual from collaborations due to the #haulternative posts, but those were also really in line with my growing interest in promoting secondhand and upcycled goods on StyleWise. Now that I have a denim wardrobe and new underwear, I won't need to repurchase in those categories for a long time.

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