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the moral wardrobe: oldies

personal style
h & m jumper
sseko designs loafers
Ethical Details: Top - made in USA; Dress - old; Shoes - Sseko Designs c/o Made Fair

Sometimes the most ethical thing you can do for your wardrobe is wear out your old things. I bought this dress at H&M a few years ago on a trip to Richmond with a friend. At the time, I was impressed with H&M's corporate social responsibility report and thought they'd be a good option for ethical goods. My opinion has changed over the years - fast fashion is unsustainable regardless of how well-intentioned your policies are - but I am pleased to see that H&M is starting to make jeans out of recycled materials and plans to use organic cotton for all its cotton goods within 5 years. It's not perfect, but it's a start. 

I've been spending a huge amount of time at work preparing for and implementing our seasonal switchover to fall-appropriate clothing. Lots of physical labor. But it's pretty much done now and I'm excited to have more time to enjoy the cooler weather and maybe stop by a nearby sunflower field in the next couple of weeks.

A note on the camera: my parents sent me back from my recent visit with my old Polaroid camera, so I bought myself some film and tried it out! It still works just fine and it made a nice prop for this photo shoot. Maybe I should hold more things in my hands when I take outfit photos. It makes me feel like I have a purpose.


  1. Love your outfit!

  2. I completely agree about wearing things out, especially if they aren't exactly conscious. I wore an outfit the other day that featured a tank top and sorry that I've owned for nine years. It makes me feel good to know that even if I didn't always purchase consciously, I have always bought clothes with longevity of wear in mind.

    I read on Zady the other day that people nowadays wear an item an average of seven times before getting rid of it. Isn't that insane?!

    1. It's so sad to think that someone made something that we would only bother to wear 7 times. I've been pleasantly surprised at how well some of my fast fashion things hold up.