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the moral wardrobe: all the neutrals

thrifted outfit
betula by birkenstock
minimalist neutrals
the moral wardrobe: all the neutrals
Ethical Details: Tee - Everlane; Cardigan - thrifted; Necklace - handmade via etsy; Sandals: Betula by Birkenstock*

I went through a couple of outfit changes to get to this one, but I'm so happy with the result. I used to avoid warm colors and neutrals, but I think last year's experiments with hair color helped me get a sense of what suits my complexion. I love coppery brown tones that highlight my natural hair color (isn't it crazy that I hadn't seen my natural hair color in all its glory for something like three years?).

I think my orientation to the fair trade industry has shifted slightly in the last few months. I'm trying to find and highlight more brands that are both fair trade and sustainable, because I think it's silly to avoid the inevitable conversation between the two movements. Additionally, I'm increasingly convinced that supporting factories with ethical labor standards in countries like China is just as important as supporting fair trade; they reform different parts of the same industry and I think supporting them in tandem is the way to go. Not everyone can be supported by a fair trade co-op. If there's greater consumer demand for well-maintained factories, more people can find good work. There are a lot of moving parts and it's easy to get overwhelmed, but I'm glad to know I can make choices that help.

*Betula sandals are made in Spain, where labor standards are high and regularly enforced. Parent company, Birkenstock, makes efforts to reduce energy and materials waste.

the moral wardrobe: primarily patriotic

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I've always liked primary colors together; when I saw this shirt at the thrift store, I noted the nice colors and interesting cut, but didn't really notice that it screamed The Fourth of July until I put it on at home. I considered adding yellow to the outfit to move it away from the Team America feel, but in the end decided it was fine to look a little too patriotic for the day.

The past few weeks have been consistently good. Sure, there have been ups and downs (including a health scare that was quickly resolved), but I'm having such a good time at the coffee shop, hanging out with friends, singing in the choir, maintaining Platinum & Rust, and learning how to use twitter. I also had the opportunity to attend an interfaith community organizing rally on Monday and feel really encouraged by the work they're doing to improve the Charlottesville community for everyone. To top it all off, my boss gave me the go ahead to set up an informational booth for World Fair Trade Day this Saturday. I'll be serving samples of Equal Exchange coffee and answering questions about the fair trade process.

Ethical choices are bolded below. Retailers taking steps to become more ethical are bolded in gray.

  • Top - thrifted

  • Dress (worn as skirt) - H&M

  • Shoes - vintage Minnetonka

  • Lip color - Clinique Chubby Stick in Chunkiest Chili


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the moral wardrobe: any day now

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Since the weather still hasn't decided if it'd like to become spring, I have to constantly check the forecast. On colder days, I just want to wear something easy; it's too annoying at this point in the season to obsess over layers and details.

I got myself a pair of Levi's with a 6pm giveaway credit after discovering that they're reasonably ranked for ethics and values on GoodGuide. I bought a couple more pairs of jeans using ThredUp credit (thanks to those of you who used my referral link). It's always more difficult to shop ethically for basic items that require a good fit, but I think I'm doing alright.

Ethical choices are bolded below. Retailers taking steps to become more ethical are bolded in gray.

  • Sweater - H&M

  • Top - People Tree

  • Jeans - Levi's

  • Earrings - handmade via Fab

  • Loafers - vintage, for sale at Platinum & Rust


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