90s inspired outfit with combat boots and other ethical outfit ideas on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com
90s inspired outfit with combat boots and other ethical outfit ideas on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com
90s inspired outfit with combat boots and other ethical outfit ideas on stylewiseblog.blogspot.com
Ethical Details: Dress - thrifted; Scarf- thrifted; Leggings - old; Lip Stain - The Body Shop

So much 'tude. I had a most excellent thrift haul at the Goodwill a town over on Monday. This dress was a part of it, along with a super warm red jacket, red rain boots, an '80s patchwork tunic, and a couple things for Platinum and Rust

The boots are not from a sustainable brand, but they are comfy and fairly classic as far as combat boots go. Since I can't always find comfortable, cost-effective shoes that come from better regulated or secondhand markets, I look for items that are somewhat timeless while also fitting my style. It may sound like a big compromise, and I'm willing to entertain that, but it's taken A LOT of time for me to get to the point where I can embrace buying shoes that aren't super trend-oriented.

Until recently, I tended to feel less guilty when I bought from discount stores like T.J. Maxx, operating on the assumption that I was buying overstock or customer returns and that my purchase would leave less of a footprint. But it turns out that the relationship is a little trickier than that, as USA Today pointed out in 2011 (Ross seems to run things a bit closer to my assumption, but I might need an economist to talk me through supply and demand in this market). 

What items do you have difficulty finding on the fair trade/secondhand market? What's your work around?