The Everlane Choose What You Pay Sale is live with hundreds of added items just in time for summer. Everlane sales are rare, so this is a great time to see what’s on offer.
Merry Christmas! According to the church calendar, we've still got eleven days to celebrate, so keep on eating fudge and singing carols.
Everlane's annual, post-holiday Choose What You Pay is back with over a hundred styles at reduced prices for five days. I've included my suggestions in the graphic below, mostly items made with a significant amount of natural fibers like cotton, cupro, and wool. I also included a couple leather goods despite my recent explorations on the topic because I recently broke down and bought a pair of the glove flats and realized they're exceptional quality.
Other mindful, slow, and/or ethical companies are also offering sales this time of year, which I'll be listing below and updating with new sales throughout the week.
End of Year Ethical Holiday Sales▸ Raven & Lily: 30% off select items
▸ Fair Indigo: 30% off warehouse moving sale on select items
▸ PACT Apparel: up to 60% off select items
▸ Pela Case: But one, get one 50% off plus 25% off your order with code, BD2018
▸ People Tree: additional 20% off end of season clearance through December 28
▸ Nordstrom: 50% off select items for the half-yearly sale (search by brand to find ethical brands)
▸ Swap.com: End of Year sale
▸ Tribe Alive: 30% off sitewide through December 30
▸ Elegantees: Buy one get one FREE on most items
▸ Hackwith Design House: 10% off through 1/2 with code, BoxingDay
▸ Re/Done: select styles 50% off
▸ Accompany: online sample sale
▸ The Giving Keys: extra 25% off sale for 48 hours
▸ 31Bits: extra 40% off sale section with code, BYE2018
▸ Tradlands: 15-25% off for 48 hours
▸ Accompany: 40% off everything with code, GIFTYOURSELF, through 12/30
▸ Nisolo: select styles up to 40% off
▸ Fortress of Inca: 15% off with code, EXTRA15
Pima Open V-Neck -
; Curduroys - Everlane (
); Boots -
; Earrings - c/o
I don't know why, but I feel so, so good in this outfit. The ballet neck, high waist, bright accents, and comfortable boots are all things that make me feel like my best, most attractive self.
I like that clothes can do that.
I've been paying attention to the way women craft their identities aesthetically: their hair styles, accessories, and makeup choices as well as their clothing. You can tell when someone really owns their look, and that undercurrent of confidence is infectious.
It really doesn't have to do with purchasing things that are
or that fit a certain model of belonging. It's much more about throwing caution to the wind - whatever that means to the specific individual - and saying, "This is me."
I love that. I want to do that more.
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I try to feature things I own over and over again in daily outfit photos in Instagram Stories and on the blog, but sometimes there's just not enough time in the day to spotlight my outfit repeats.
So today is particularly fun, because I'm going to talk about the Everlane Swing Trench I purchased
almost exactly a year ago. It's no longer available on the Everlane website, but you can still peruse Poshmark and Ebay for it if it's something you think would be useful.
The Everlane Swing Trench One Year Later
Last year, Everlane released the Swing Trench too late in the season for Charlottesville. If I'm remembering correctly, the season turned cold several weeks early and by the time I received the jacket, it was too lightweight to keep me warm most days. But over the course of the year, I've found it to be the perfect layering piece for spring and early fall. The tight cotton weave makes the jacket water resistant, and the swingy style makes it easy to layer with light sweaters while still having a close fit at the shoulders. At first I was worried it would compete with my longer military jacket, but that one is much more slouchy and better for colder weather, so I get a lot of use out of both items.
I haven't generally gone for "classic" pieces because they can feel stiff and make me feel older. But now that I'm 30 - and I know this sounds silly - it feels more appropriate, and I can't imagine this jacket really going out of style.
; Jacket -
(sold out); Denim -
, size 29; Boots -
I've decided I won't buy any more Everlane Cashmere until they can say something about sourcing, but I am intrigued by their
, which came out yesterday, simply because alpaca rearing tends to be much more humane and resource friendly than wool or cashmere.
I bought the Square Sweater, which is 100% cotton, on the recommendation of
on Instagram. On me, the sweater is not what I would call flattering, but it is really cozy for a slow, rainy day like the one we're currently having (I took these pictures this morning, so I'm still wearing this outfit).
With my henna red hair, I have loved the way green-leaning taupes and khakis play up the warmth, and this Ochre color is in the same wheelhouse as the Swing Trench without matching exactly, a monochrome look that still feels playful.
I purchased a Small since this is oversized, and I'd say it's true to size. For reference, my measurements are 34" bust, 29" waist, 39" hips.
At the start of every cold season, I feel frantic and confused about what to wear. It's as if I've tried to bury down deep the cold and darkness of the previous winter, to the point that every new cold season is like starting over again. I'm working on making sure I have pants that are warm and will fit.
For now, my sweater and jacket game is strong.
A brief note on my Everlane Reviews: In most cases, I purchase Everlane products using store credit garnered from a referral link, or a combination of cash and credit. I no longer use that link in new posts, preferring an affiliate link instead, but people still regularly click through old posts and use the referral. In all cases, my reviews are independent and editorial direction and content are my own.
|A look from last November|
As I always mention, I don't do a four season capsule. Instead, I shuffle out off-season items and bring in appropriate items - there's fairly significant overlap from season to season because my basic tees and denim are worn year round.
I pin inspiration so I have visual reminders of what's catching my eye. This has been a big eye-opener, because my pins truly reflect the personal style I'd like to achieve...
Predominant Themes for Fall/Winter StyleColors: Blue | Black & White | Cream | Burnt Orange | Deep Rose | Olive Green | Mustard
Silhouettes: Oversized Jackets, Cardigans, & Tunics with Vintage Denim | Cropped Sweaters with High Waist Denim | Vintage Inspired Midi and Maxi Dresses | Loose Fit High Waist Pants with Fitted Tees
Patterns: Dusty Florals | Stripes | Marled Textures | Plaid
Footwear: Mules | Fitted Booties | Lace-up Boots | Oxfords | High Top Sneakers
|Recent Etsy Finds|
What I've Purchased So FarI'm trying to keep purchases to a minimum until the weather actually turns, because it can be hard to anticipate the gaps when it's warm outside.
That being said, I have been buying things secondhand as I've seen them, so I have a pair of black lace up boots (to replace my beloved boots that bit the dust this past spring), cognac heeled booties, loose-fit vintage denim, two vintage dresses in dusty floral and plaid, and two medium weight jackets: a bomber and a denim work coat. All of these were purchased from local thrift shops, swap.com, or etsy.
In addition, I received a pair of teal, vegan sneakers from EarthHero, which I plan to style with both dresses and jeans.
What I NeedI don't need anything at this point! My color profile this season is really just the fall version of my spring/summer palette, so all of my t-shirts and dresses are transferrable to fall. My shoe game is also looking pretty good. We'll see how I like the boots I purchased recently. If they're uncomfortable or don't offer enough warmth, they may have to be replaced mid-season.
Even though I'm pretty set, I have been saving up some store credit at Everlane for their washed denim jacket, coming out in the next few days.
P.S. Did you see they just came out with sustainable silk? I'm really glad to see continued momentum toward rehabbing their supply chain.
What are you all shopping for this season?
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started something like a month ago, but it's ok to be a little late to the game. June is not exactly prime time for adding things to your closet, but late July is, at least in my view.
I woke up this morning thinking I was going
back to school
soon. There's a chill in the air thanks to a cold front that blew in last night, and you can feel the calm-before-the-storm anticipation of fall. Never mind that I haven't gone back to school in eight years.
Since shopping more intentionally, I have begun to embrace off-season shopping. If you know what you like, why not buy the sweater in July?
Everlane Choose What You Pay Picks
and its the perfect weekend lounge dress that's still suitable for grabbing lunch or walking around town.
Splitneck Jean Dress, $60
This would look great over leggings or black jeans in the fall.
A classic silhouette to tie at the waist or tuck into a skirt.
, too, and it is so fashion-y. Looks great with mid and high rise denim, or swinging over a vintage dress.
Cashmere Crew, $65
Available in color-block, too, the cashmere crew is one of Everlane's earliest pieces and the fit is classic and streamlined. I own
and dappled gray.
If you want a truly warm sweater that air can't squeeze through in the winter, the wool-cashmere is for you. I have an earlier version of this sweater and its often the only sweater I bring with me when I travel in the winter.
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Ah, fresh spring denim.Sunny days, daffodils, and mild weather put me in the mood for cropped fits and light washes. Everlane and ABLE are my go-tos for ethically made, thoughtfully designed denim if I really *need* to buy a new pair, and they've both released new styles just in time for spring.
This season's cut-off styles are really perfect for DIYs, so don't rule out the too-short pair at the thrift shop or the flares hiding in the back of your closet. If you're looking to make your own pair of kick flares, I highly recommend buying a pair of secondhand LL Bean True Shape Jeans off of ebay and cutting them to your desired length. I've done this with two pairs and find the silhouette and rise perfect for achieving the style of the moment.
If that doesn't work for you, here are my picks for spring denim from Everlane and ABLE...
If you have enough patience, you will find the exact thing you want at the thrift shop.
Sure, it might take three or four years, but don't let anyone convince you it's just not available. I'm being a bit facetious, obviously, because you don't always have half a decade to find the clothing item that fills a hole in your closet. But when it comes to vintage, high waist denim, there's really no replacement for the real thing, and the online vintage market is currently pricing them around $100, so I figured it was worth it to wait patiently.
These finally showed up at the shop where I work, crumpled up on the floor of the dressing room (apparently they didn't work out for that person). I figured I might as well try them on before putting them back on the rack and, lo and behold, they fit!
I should qualify that last statement: they fit when I'm standing up.
The thick cotton denim and total lack of stretch means these are almost intolerable to sit in, and don't even think about eating in them. I'm trying to figure out if this is an accepted part of the mom jeans experience, or if I just have a really low tolerance for things that pinch. In any case, I guess I'll be wearing these on days when I'm standing most of the time, and totally avoiding them when I'm going out to dinner. For $4.00, my cost-per-wear will still be quite low.
In other news, I splurged on this pair of slip on shoes for my upcoming 29th birthday. Not perfectly ethical, but they are made in a regulated family factory and made to order, so less waste is produced.
Let me tell you about these jeans.
For the last several years, I've been on a somewhat noncommittal hunt for ethical jeans that actually fit my body type. I have wide hips and a relatively narrow waist and it seems like all the "cool" small, ethical brands make jeans for straighter figures. For that reason, I've tended to fall back on American Eagle jeans despite their less-than-stellar production standards, justifying it by purchasing dark wash, mid-rise styles that I can wear for years.
The only problem is that American Eagle's quality has gone waaay down since the last time I bought jeans there. So I went on a frantic hunt around the mall looking for an alternative. On a whim, I walked through Belk, checking the labels of a half a dozen jeans before I came across these, by Karen Kane. Produced in the USA out of imported fabrics, they're not the pinnacle of sustainability, but at least they check off one my boxes.
This was the only pair left, not my typical size, and listed as $89.00. I tried them on anyway and they fit. I worked up the nerve to throw down nearly $100 at the checkout counter (I can spend a hundred bucks no problem online, but I have trouble facing that price tag in person), but then the clerk said, "Your total comes to $25.00." Suppressing my surprise and childlike glee, I paid up.
Sometimes you reluctantly make the better choice and the Heavens open up and reward you for it.
I recently purchased the Everlane Soft Cotton Square Cardigan as part of my spring update.
I previously owned two black cardigans, both thrifted, but one was too formal for my wardrobe and the other had a hole in the back that was irreparable due to the open weave design. I liked the idea of a cropped, slightly oversized cardigan to wear with skirts and higher waisted jeans (at this point, pretty much all of my jeans are mid or high rise).
Color: Washed Black
I purchased this for both the silhouette and the fabric. The thick cotton is durable and more suitable for transitional spring weather than my cashmere collection. I'm satisfied with the washed black color, sleeve length, and overall silhouette.
As expected, this item is quite oversized. I'd guessed that looking at the model, so I ordered an XS, a size down from my usual size (I also get an XS in the U-Necks). The Cotton Square Cardigan is just as expected, so I'm happy.
It's taken me 4 years, but this former Floridian actually looks forward to cool weather now. I joke that I'm a reptile - I need to warm up in the sun before starting my day - but fall really does hold a bit of magic no other season holds. Maybe it's the startling, bright, liveliness of things dying: all the tactile, sensory delights of crackling leaves and crisp air and seeing your breath as you exhale.
I'm also going into this season with a refreshing clarity around what I like, what I "need," and what works with what I've already got. It's taken nearly 4 years of being a more conscientious consumer to get to this point, so I'm ready to mix things up and get full use out of my fall closet.
SILHOUETTES AND PRODUCTS I'M EXCITED ABOUT...
I purchased this sweater (in a size Medium) and it's just perfect for early fall. Lightweight, slightly form fitting, in a lovely brown-red oxblood that I love.
I'm fortunate to already have my denim wardrobe squared away for the fall, having purchased a few pairs 2 years ago that have held up quite well (I re-dyed some with indigo last week and they turned out great!). If I needed new denim, though, I would consider Prana's line of classic cuts in classic colors.
I'm addicted to simple, minimalist jewelry that adds just the right touch to an outfit. I like the lariat style on this natural stone, handmade necklace.
A simple little ring to stack and pair with other rings in my growing collection. I didn't like wearing rings when I was in school because they always hit against my pens uncomfortably as I took notes, but now that I am free from the burden of note-taking, I've found that I like the simple statement they make.
I bought this tee in early September as soon as the Tandoori color became available. I LOVE it. This is the color of the season for me, and the high-low cut feels very contemporary.
This lip sheen is nearly the same color as the Amour Vert tee so, naturally, it's my favorite. I'm getting back into tinted lip balms and glosses this season. It's nice to add some color as the world gets more monotone.
I bought these last winter, but I'm looking forward to wearing them more frequently this season. They're super comfortable and pair well with casual and more formal outfits.
I grew up wearing Converse high tops, but the pair I had in high school (pink patchwork!) is no longer with me, so I was so pleased to find fair trade sneakers that fit the bill. I'm planning on wearing these with everything.
I am really into the idea of layering tops under tank dresses and pinafores this fall, both to get more use out of my summer favorites and to add some versatility and creativity to my wardrobe. I love the color and length of this pinafore, and it looks great layered with a turtleneck. I'm a bit self conscious that turtlenecks make my neck look big, but I'm trying to get over it, so maybe I can convince myself into it with cute styling.
Lucky for us, there are now hundreds of ethical clothing brands making cool clothes in all sorts of innovative ways. But just because it's ethical doesn't mean it's practical. And just because it's practical doesn't mean it's affordable.
To make life a little easier for you as you fill out your fall wardrobe, I've narrowed the list down to my top 10 ethical and affordable clothing and accessories brands. Every brand on this list makes items that are both fashion forward and versatile enough for a busy life, whether you're a student, a mom, a freelancer, or anything else.
All brands offer items priced well below $200, with most items averaging around $40-80.00. When you consider that these items have been made by people who receive a fair wage and work in safe factories using organic and sustainable textiles, that's not too shabby.
1. EverlaneTees, blouses, dresses, backpacks, and shoes made with transparency. Everlane is my go-to for knit cotton tees and dresses.
2. Amour VertMinimalist and feminine silhouettes made with ecologically sustainable textiles. I love Amour Vert's contemporary-cut tops.
4. LA RelaxedLaid-back tees, skirts, and dresses made with ecologically sustainable textiles. LA Relaxed is for cool girls (and obviously we're all cool girls).
5. DorsuMix and match separates made with factory remnants in Cambodia. Their tees have a great drape.
7. FashionABLEContemporary jewelry and sustainably-sourced leather bags. $5 off your first purchase when you click through the link above.
9. EtikoConverse look-a-likes out of Australia made with sustainable rubber, organic cotton, and vegan glues. Their high tops are just what I've been looking for.
10. OliberteFair trade certified flats, loafers, and boots. Try their super comfy boots.
For me, it's important that the clothes and accessories I buy have at at least something in common with the rest of my closet. Having access to brands that know how to make flattering, modern, comfortable pieces makes my life a lot easier.
I haven't gone back to school in 5 years, but living in a college town (with a grad student husband) forces me - and probably most people in town - to organize their lives around a school schedule. Summers in Charlottesville are quiet; the normally crowded roads clear out and the student hangouts are suddenly populated by townies who were too shy to venture out during the school year. But things rev up again in early August and you can't help but get wrapped up in the back-to-school excitement.
So, I created my ideal "Back-to-School" closet update made up of ethical and sustainable items. Of course, I don't have any need to purchase 10 items in one go (and I own versions of some of these things already), but it's fun to think about what would supplement my current wardrobe and mentally narrow down this list to a few key pieces.
Made in Charlottesville with injection molded soles and nontoxic glue
1. OESH La Vida Sneakers, $110.00
2. FashionABLE Monochrome Choker*, $38.00Made in Nashville, Tennessee
3. Sseko Designs Caramel T-Strap Sandals*, $59.99Handmade in Uganda under fair trade principles, leather sources from small scale meat industry
4. Dorsu Rolled Sleeve Crewneck in Plum, $37.00Made in Cambodia out of factory remnants under fair trade guidelines
5. Dorsu Roll-Neck Dress, $60.00Made in Cambodia out of factory remnant under fair trade guidelines
6. Monkee Genes Indigo Denim Skinnies, $85.00Made in England with organic cotton
7. Synergy Organic Clothing Sahara Full Skirt, $44.00Made in Nepal under fair trade guidelines using GOTS certified organic cotton
8. Komodo Black Floral Skirt via MadeFAIR, $53.24Made of sustainable tree cellulose (rayon) under fair trade guidelines in Indonesia
9. Braintree Clothing Latifa Hemp Skirt, $65.00Made from sustainable hemp and organic cotton under fair trade guidelines
10. Everlane Dipped Mini Zip Backpack, $70.00Made with transparent manufacturing and pricing in Dongguan, China
Are you going back to school? What items do you look for? I would love to see your wishlists and compare notes.
I love the super hot days of summer that make it suddenly acceptable to wear cut offs and sandals everywhere you go. I love driving in my hot car with the windows down and letting the sun seep into my bones. I love feeling good with minimal effort and minimal clothing required.
If you follow me on Instagram (and are also paying a lot of attention), I recently sold my Sseko Designs' Ribbon Sandals and replaced them with the T-Straps. I have a condition called Raynaud's Syndrome that causes me to have circulation issues in my extremities and the constriction of the ribbon strap around my ankle had become a growing concern. The T-Straps are the perfect replacement, because they still have interchangeable pieces, but the straps hit lower on my foot and don't require that I secure them as tightly. I had really wanted to go with the black Nisolo Serena sandals, but the fit wasn't right, so I went with the neutral Caramel Sseko sandals instead.
In unrelated news, I decided to do an Ask Me Anything post on Instagram this week. Feel free to participate either there or in the comments section of this post.