casual style

the moral wardrobe: pleasant surprises

casual outfit spring stylethrifted outfit post

When I added this top to my thredup cart, I thought it was black and white. Last night, when I opened my package in the dim light of the living room, I thought it was navy and white. This morning, in the bright spring light, I realized it was navy and robin's egg blue!

I had trouble rationalizing another black and white top in my wardrobe anyway, so this was a pleasant surprise. Add that to the beautiful weather we had today and the lovely customers I got to chat with at work and it was an all around thrilling day to be alive.

Since my first thredup order finally arrived (this week's winter storm caused delays), I thought I'd quickly review it in this post. Everything fits well and looks even better in person. One of the main flaws of the thredup site is that the pictures tend to be overexposed, so I was quite happy to see vibrant, rich colors and fabric in excellent condition. I'm quite pleased and will be shopping there again (and maybe exclusively - jeez, they should pay me for this).

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

  • Top - secondhand Gap via thredup

  • Jeans - Levi's

  • Jacket - Gap

  • Shoes - Asos

  • Earrings - handmade via etsy


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style recipe: graphic tee + high waist jeans

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stylerecipe by fracturedradiance showing how to wear white tops

I have never been a jeans person, but months of cold weather have encouraged me to wear them more often, just as much out of a desire for wardrobe diversity as a need to stay warm(ish). I have, however, been a big fan of artful graphic t-shirts ever since I discovered Threadless freshman year of college. The combination is casual and thoughtful, so I find myself gravitating toward this look on weekends and afternoons off.

The above looks incorporate glasses from ethically minded companies, Benji Frank and Warby Parker; fair trade and domestically produced tops and jeans, and Swedish Hasbeens boots.
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