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the moral wardrobe: valley thrift magic

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Every time we visit my parents in Cincinnati, I insist on taking the short trip over to Valley Thrift, a massive secondhand shop just outside the city. It's a must visit because I always (and I mean always) find the thing I'm looking for there.

In August, I found a pair of Sam Edelman Petty booties in nearly new condition for $4.99. This time around I was looking for a wool toggle coat that hit below the butt. I found this one, by Lands' End, for $29.99. It's fully lined, double-lined with wool at the chest, and has a thinsulate layer, too. Plus, it's hooded! Perfection.
  thrifted outfit winter Ethical Details: Sweater - thrifted; Tee (not shown) - Everlane; Boots - thrifted; Necklace - c/o Bought Beautifully; Coat - thrifted

I paired the coat with a thrifted sweater in my favorite color and some groovy 2000s-does-the-1970s Clarks boots, also thrifted. I hesitated buying these boots from the shop where I work for a few months because they're pretty blatantly circa 2002, but then I started watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer, so now I've fully embraced the fashions of the early 2000s. Tacky? Maybe. But that's why fashion is fun.

the moral wardrobe: autumn glow

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Ethical Details: Cardigan - thrifted; Necklace - c/o Bought Beautifully; Boots - Oliberte; Jeans - old

For all the complaining I do about cold weather, it's hard not to revel in the splendor of fall in all its warm, leafy glory. The weather has been mild this October and the leaves look especially bright. I'm enjoying dressing to match the red and orange leaves and the periwinkle Blue Ridge Mountains that loom in the background of every drive through Charlottesville.

Speaking of dressing to match, I got the shirt and scarf I'm wearing at a J. Crew Warehouse sale that blew through town a couple weeks ago. I have complicated feelings about whether it was the best decision, but here's why I allowed an exception to my normal thrifting/fair trade routine: this is the end of the line for J. Crew items. Samples, rejects, past season returns - anything that doesn't sell here is sent off to textiles processors, thrift shops, and maybe ebay used good resellers. It's not the most ethical, but it also doesn't increase demand for new goods. I only bought high quality basics in richly saturated colors that are hard to find elsewhere, so I think I'll get a lot of use out of them. If this paragraph sounds like one big excuse, perhaps that's because it is. I'm open to that, but I'm also feeling like it's ok to cut myself some slack in this instance.

What are your thoughts about shopping sample and warehouse sales from companies that don't adhere to ethical guidelines?

the moral wardrobe: thrift score

sam edelman outfit
sam edelman petty booties review
thrifted style
Ethical Details: Top - thrifted; Dress (worn as skirt) - c/o Synergy Organic Clothing; Necklace - c/o Bought Beautifully; Boots - thrifted Sam Edelman

I always take a final lap around the thrift store before checking out just to make sure I didn't miss anything. It was my lucky day a couple months ago at Valley Thrift in Cincinnati, because the final lap revealed a practically new pair of Sam Edelman Petty Booties (retail price: $140.00) for $4.00! I'm pretty sure the shop attendant who priced them didn't realize what they had, because they aren't shy about pricing nice things in the $10-20 range at least.

They're a perfect fit and really comfortable despite having such a low toe box and angled toe. I like that they're an alternative to ballet flats and a great option under flared jeans. I know bloggers have been raving about this style for awhile now, but I don't put much stock in the opinions of people who actually like wearing heels - I just assume that everything they wear is uncomfortable - but these are awesome. If you like this style, maybe try your luck on ebay?

Fashion with Impact with Bought Beautifully

bought beautifully akash necklace
bought beautifully fashion with impact

I met Emily of Bought Beautifully at the Justice Conference back in June. We had a great time fangirling over the ethical products at the Bought Beautifully booth - I had the chance to see a lot of things in person that I'd previously only seen on instagram - and getting to know each other a bit.

Bought Beautifully is a social enterprise committed to sourcing products from co-ops and companies that provide fair wages, a great work environment, and a spiritually enriching atmosphere to its employees and artisans. They have a nice selection of goods, but I especially love their jewelry. It's also a great place to find Christian graphic tees that are a little bit cooler than those "A Bread Crumb and Fish" tees that were popular when I was in youth group.

causegear bag review

Bought Beautifully is doing a really cool campaign this week called Fashion with Impact, which is sort of a virtual fashion show made up of looks inspired by their ethical goods. Two bloggers will post outfits they've styled using Bought Beautifully products every day this week and create an instagram chain for readers to follow. Additionally, when you follow along on Instagram, you'll be entered to win a $50 Bought Beautifully gift card. 

Bought Beautifully sent me two items from their collection, the CAUSEGEAR Canvas Day Bag and the Akash Necklace. I actually met the CAUSEGEAR founder while shopping at Chicago fair trade store, Greenheart Shop, also during the Justice Conference (talk about networking!). He and his team are committed to providing 5x the standard wage at their factories in India. As you may know, getting a "fair wage" just right can be tricky because disproportionately higher wages can throw local economies off kilter, but the founder is committed to making sure that CAUSEGEAR wages are good for everyone, not just their employees. This bag is a little bigger than what I'm used to, but the slouchy canvas makes it easy to carry and I can use it as an overnight or shopping bag, too. It's become my everyday bag.

The Akash Necklace is stunning in person. It's made by AshaBelle in New Delhi, India. The beads are made of shiny tile shards pressed into clay that sparkle in changing light. And the color makes it really versatile. 

ll bean boots outfit
causegear day bag
Ethical Details: Sweater - old; Striped Top - made in USA; Boots - LL Bean, thrifted (and made in Maine); Akash Necklace - c/o Bought Beautifully; CAUSEGEAR Bag - c/o Bought Beautifully

I'm impressed with the craftsmanship and ethics behind both AshaBelle and CAUSEGEAR and I'm pleased that Bought Beautifully has offered a marketplace for the brands.

Every Bought Beautifully product promotes safe working conditions, fair wages, an ethical supply chain, and the practice of wise stewardship. 

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Make sure to follow along with the Fashion with Impact virtual fashion show all week using the links below. 



- See the last look in the series on the Bought Beautifully blog.

- See the next look (coming this afternoon) on Carrie of The Zimmers blog.

- Check out the instagram chain and enter to win a $50 Bought Beautifully gift card on Instagram!

- Shop at Bought Beautifully here.