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the moral wardrobe: favorites

shawl collar top
lavender fair trade top
black and white skirt
betula birkenstock black sandals
eco outfit
Ethical Details: Top - c/o Gaia Couture (RIP); Skirt - secondhand; Shoes - Betula

It's always obvious whether I feel confident in what I'm wearing in my outfit photos. If I can't get a natural looking, happy shot, I give up on the photos and seriously reconsider the things I'm wearing. You can probably tell that I love this outfit. I got this skirt on ebay a couple of years ago on a whim and wear it at least once a week; the Betula sandals are comfortable and fashion forward at the same time; and the top fits me like a glove and has the most interesting neckline I've ever seen. Putting them together is outfit heaven. 

Plus, when I was taking these photos a butterfly danced across the yard, so I couldn't help but feel happy. 

the moral wardrobe: after the storm

Ethical Details: Top - thrifted; Skirt - secondhand via ebay; Sandals - thrifted; Earrings - handmade by Hannah Naomi via Ash & Rose

Man, the past couple of weeks have been rough. So much being-a-grown-up required at every turn. Difficulties at work, last minute deadlines, flights to schedule, complicated talks with the duplex mates. It's one thing after another. When it all piles up at once like this, I often do two things: shop and have a crisis of self esteem. Though, as expected, these things did happen, I managed them a little better. Instead of spending money on fast fashion (or even slow fashion), I bought myself some Chik-Fil-A and got a hair cut. Instead of angrily picking my pimples, I put on a little extra makeup and got on with the week. I'm trying to go easy on myself without throwing in the towel and it's helped immensely to just simplify my routine and put on things that make me feel comfortable.

I know I've been an adult for several years now, but 26 has been the transformative year of actually feeling like one. It's not always good, but I am managing. And I think, more than anything, it's the confidence that I can manage it that makes me feel grown up.

the moral wardrobe: hoosier

Ethical Details: Coat - thrifted; Scarf- thrifted; Boots - secondhand via ebay; Sweater - secondhand via ebay; Tee (not shown) - Everlane

I come from a long line of Hoosiers. My ancestors on both sides hail from Indiana and I lived there for nine years before moving to Florida. We road tripped over to Lapel, a tiny town outside of Indianapolis, to visit my mother's mother while we were with my parents for Christmas. The field behind the house used to be active farmland, but the owner lost interest several years ago. The local gossip is that they're going to turn it into a softball diamond. 

My grandpa used to sit outside on the back porch and watch the birds for hours. There was a big old tree that attracted larger birds and hummingbird feeders strung at the edge of the porch. The tree is gone now and so is Grandpa.


the moral wardrobe: paisley

threadsence paisely dress pa6mod look

I often use polyvore to create outfits out of things I already own. When I combined this dress with these ruby red sneaker wedges, I knew I'd come up with something I would love to wear. And sure enough, the pair worked just as perfectly in real life as it did on my computer monitor.

I've wanted red boots and sneaker wedges for a few months now, so when it dawned on me that I could combine those two things into one pair of shoes, I got busy searching through ebay for a great secondhand pair. The ones I ended up with are by Skechers and they're really comfortable.

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

  • Dress - made in USA, won in Threadsence giveaway

  • Black top - H&M

  • Leggings - Old Navy

  • Earrings - handmade via etsy

  • Shoes - secondhand via ebay


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12 months, 12 goals: shop secondhand

secondhand shopping

It dawned on me, as I flipped and flipped through endless blouses at a local Goodwill on Monday, that thrift shops will never run out of items for me to add to my closet. Sure, there are a few items (like underwear) that I'd rather not purchase at the thrift store, but really, there's a lot to be found if you take the time to look.

A few of my prized thrift finds include LL Bean Duck boots, a BCBG Max Azria Flapper-style dress, and several items in pristine condition that I wear so much I forgot I bought them on the secondhand market.

And if that's not enough, internet marketplaces and local vintage shops allow me to shop curated collections when I'm not in the mood to spend 2 hours searching through crowded racks. I buy most of my shoes secondhand on ebay; I've purchased like-new Minnetonka moccasins and several pairs of sneakers for a third of their original price. I found my favorite vintage dresses on etsy and ebay.

The marketplace is flooded with piles of discarded clothing with plenty of wear left, so why do we insist on buying new? Secondhand shopping is easier than it's ever been - we can do it from our couches - so we really have no reason not to try it.

People are often confused about the ethical value of secondhand shopping, noting that many donated goods were likely produced in sweatshops. What they aren't connecting is that the thrift market doesn't operate according to traditional supply-and-demand principles; if you buy cast-offs, you aren't participating in the traditional market at all. Instead, you're opting out; you're boycotting; you impact it only because you're avoiding it. We're nowhere near operating in a market in which demand for secondhand items exceeds supply, so we can rest assured that we do no harm (to others, at least) when we make it rain at the thrift store.

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