Hello & Welcome to StyleWise BlogThis space exists to celebrate, discuss, and discover fair trade and sustainable fashion. When I realized that my insatiable need for stuff was fueling a broken system that preys on the desperate in developing countries and delays any attempt at sustainable infrastructure, I knew I needed a community to grow with, a group of like-minded people who can share their journeys, their wisdom, and their favorite ethical brands. Style Wise became an important avenue for sharing what I've learned and discussing what I struggle with.
We spend too much time thinking of ourselves as consumers instead of as people whose actions affect other people both here and across the globe. Constant spending and trend-seeking come with repercussions: we're running out of resources, polluting the resources we have left, and treating the people who make our things as slaves. It has got to stop.
Fashion is a great means of self expression, but we've got to appreciate it with a greater sense of responsibility.
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My name is Leah Wise (thus the name, Style Wise). I live in central Virginia with my grad student husband and our super cute pet rats, Mercury and Pilumnus. I manage a local charity shop by day and spend nights and weekends blogging and pitching articles to publications. I spent most of my childhood playing outside in balmy, coastal Florida with my younger sister and the neighbor kids. I've been singing in choirs since I was 9 and currently sing second soprano in my church choir; singing is my stress relief and I find I'm miserable the second I stop doing it on a regular basis, so I hope it will always be a part of my life.
I grew up in various Evangelical church traditions, lost my faith a few times in high school and college, and slowly journeyed back to God, faith, and spirituality when I found a real home in the Episcopal church I now attend. Christianity necessarily shapes my worldview - anything you stick with long enough will - but I believe that anyone concerned with justice and love can and should work together to create a better world.
I've been obsessed with fashion for as long as I can remember and I started making elaborate Word documents filled with copy/pasted product images probably the very week that online shopping became a thing. I'm continually drawn to blue, stripes, and cotton knits.
Read my Articles on Ethical Living & ChristianityArticles:
- Buy the Product, Not the Sob Story, Christianity Today
- Why I Left Evangelicalism - But Not the Church, Elephant Journal
- Why I Switched to Reusable Cloth Pads, Mind Body Green
- The Cost of Spending Less, Relevant Magazine
- Why I Buy Secondhand, Relevant Magazine
- Dispatches from the Mall: What I Learned When I Gave Up Fast Fashion, Selva Beat Magazine
Guest Blog Posts:
- "She is clothed in strength and dignity": Making Ethical Fashion Choices, Rachel Held Evans
- Knowing Who Made Your Clothes Matters, Seasons + Salt
- Gift Guide, bonJOY
- The Journey of an Ethical Shopper, American Nomad
- Loving Your Neighbor: Christian Conscious Consumerism in a Globalized World, Kentucky Council of Churches Conference 2016