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YSTR Clothing Part 2: Building Conscious Community

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I was not compensated for this post, but I did receive items for review from YSTR Clothing, and there are some affiliate links throughout.

In yesterday's post, I introduced sustainable fashion line, YSTR, which produces a capsule friendly collection in California out of eco-conscious and deadstock fabric.

In today's post, in addition to showing a few more outfits, I wanted to delve into the number one, non-material way to make strides as ethical citizens: intentional community. 


Intentional communities have existed in one form or another for centuries, most often associated with religious sects, but also taking form around particular ideologies. At its core, an intentional community exists to promote "a high degree of social cohesion and teamwork." Participants make and eat meals together, participate in daily rituals, share resources, and co-promote a particular lifestyle. My town boasts a still-thriving 1960s era commune that produces tofu and a small but mighty intentional community run through the Episcopal church. I bet if you look around, you'll find examples of these tiny socialist networks, as well (is there a convent nearby?).

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Close knit, co-reliant communities can be effective paths to social and personal change because they create a foundation that instills confidence and fosters creative conversation. Because people start with similar frameworks, they can more easily build upon each other's ideas, and progress comes more quickly. My experience in conscious consumer communities online has illuminated that for me. The only thing better would be if there was a space to have conscious conversations in person.

Turns out, there is.


YSTR owns a beach club in Malibu where calm and collaboration are meant to thrive. In their words:

The goal in hosting our members at the private beach club is to create a community of like-minded individuals that think, love, and inspire one another. We want to share with you what a conscious lifestyle looks and feels like, and link you with people who share the same passion for a better planet.

Tier 2 and 3 capsule subscription members get automatic access to the house as a part of their membership, and can bring up to three friends. Though I haven't visited myself, I am intrigued by the concept, and think that we should try harder in our own locales to create spaces where these types of conversations can take place. It doesn't have to be a formal commune. We can do our part to promote community by eating more meals together, hosting "salon" type events with particular topics in mind, lovingly holding each other accountable, and participating in local community organizing efforts. My friends and I attend church together and eat together 2-3 times a week. Seeing each other often helps us stay aware of each other's needs and push each other toward our goals.

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A quick note on what I'm wearing:

In the first full outfit, I'm wearing the Edie Top with the Jett Tie Pant in Black ($178). The Jett pants are made out of a linen/poly blend that is somehow both structured and breathable. A simple elastic band and attached tie belt make these super easy to wear.

In the second outfit, I paired the pants with the Anaelle Top ($128), a drapey, textured pinstripe blouse with a high neck. I'm kind of fascinated by the details - from the slit in the back to the buttons to the ruffles at the neck - that add a lot of interest without becoming overwhelming. The blouse feels, paradoxically, quite simple.

To read more about YSTR, check out yesterday's post.

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YSTR Clothing: Made to Order, Effortless, Ethical

YSTR Clothing Ethical Jumpsuit Review
I was not compensated for this post, but I did receive items for review from YSTR Clothing, and there are some affiliate links throughout.


The first thing you should know about YSTR is that their clothes perfectly encapsulate laid back, California cool. 


The second thing you should know about YSTR is that their items are made to order in the USA out of eco-friendly and deadstock fabrics, packed in biodegradable eco-plastic, and sold in a range of prices that make it easy for anyone to find something that will suit them at a price that won't make them squirm.

It's so wonderful to be in the ethical fashion space during a time of massive change and innovation. When I first started blogging, companies that considered every little detail of manufacturing - design, raw materials, manufacturing, packing, long term education - simply didn't exist, or they weren't prominent enough to show up on anyone's radar. Now, they might not quite be mainstream, but they're out there, and that means they can set an example for the rest of the industry.

YSTR Clothing Ethical Jumpsuit Review

YSTR was founded as an antidote to the fast fashion industry, which depletes natural resources at an alarming rate, creates a throwaway culture that saps the intention from our purchases, and relies on exploitative labor around the globe. I'm (still) reading Corban Addison's A Harvest of Thorns and it has illuminated for me how quickly one type of injustice can lead to several others. When it comes to the global fashion industry, if you can spot one type of exploitation, you can be certain that others lurk just beneath the surface. It's completely overwhelming.

YSTR keeps everything in house to ensure that they can monitor their resources and work force responsibly. When you place an order, the team gets started cutting and sewing your order. The made-to-order model is a key to building a sustainable business model because it means that YSTR never has unwanted inventory sitting around on their shelves.
  YSTR Clothing Ethical Jumpsuit Review

But what makes YSTR particularly unique is that their brand is just as much about building sustainable community as it is about business. But I'm getting ahead of myself. I'll cover that in tomorrow's post.

The collection ranges from casual to semi-formal, but the aesthetic is absolutely cohesive. With that in mind, I wanted to mix and match some items to show you how they can work together.

In the first outfit, I'm wearing the Hardy Jumpsuit in Black ($198) with a simple tassel necklace from Love Justly and my favorite Melissa sandals. Made from an eco-friendly viscose and linen blend, it's soft, opaque, and slightly textured.

In the second outfit, I'm wearing the jumpsuit with the Edie Top ($68) and an old pair of espadrilles. The high boat neck and soft, ribbed cotton makes this piece perfect for everyday wear. I'm always on the hunt for flattering tops and tees that have a flattering, higher neckline because I find myself leaning over to pick up boxes of goods at the thrift shop all the time, and I'd prefer not to flash anyone while doing it.

I'm wearing a Medium in both items (my measurements are 34-28-38 and I'm "pear shaped").

YSTR Clothing Ethical Jumpsuit Review

In addition to offering mix and match pieces, YSTR offers a capsule subscription box with three tiers, great for someone who's in need of a wardrobe refresh and doesn't have the time or the interest to select individual styles. Each box contains 2-3 items with a total traditional retail value of $500, offered at a starting price of $99 a month, and subscribers can skip a month whenever they feel like it. Learn more about it here, then order your box here.

I'll be sharing two more looks and additional information tomorrow, so make sure to come back.

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