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the moral wardrobe: oldies

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sseko designs loafers
Ethical Details: Top - made in USA; Dress - old; Shoes - Sseko Designs c/o Made Fair

Sometimes the most ethical thing you can do for your wardrobe is wear out your old things. I bought this dress at H&M a few years ago on a trip to Richmond with a friend. At the time, I was impressed with H&M's corporate social responsibility report and thought they'd be a good option for ethical goods. My opinion has changed over the years - fast fashion is unsustainable regardless of how well-intentioned your policies are - but I am pleased to see that H&M is starting to make jeans out of recycled materials and plans to use organic cotton for all its cotton goods within 5 years. It's not perfect, but it's a start. 

I've been spending a huge amount of time at work preparing for and implementing our seasonal switchover to fall-appropriate clothing. Lots of physical labor. But it's pretty much done now and I'm excited to have more time to enjoy the cooler weather and maybe stop by a nearby sunflower field in the next couple of weeks.

A note on the camera: my parents sent me back from my recent visit with my old Polaroid camera, so I bought myself some film and tried it out! It still works just fine and it made a nice prop for this photo shoot. Maybe I should hold more things in my hands when I take outfit photos. It makes me feel like I have a purpose.

the moral wardobe: color of the week

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Outfit Details: Top - H&M / Skirt - secondhand / Jacket - secondhand / Shoes - ASOS

Now that my hair is on its third color in a month, people have begun asking, "what color will it be next week?" I never thought of myself as the new-hair-color-every-week type, but I guess that's what I've become. I don't plan on making any more changes for awhile, though, so cross your fingers that the color doesn't fade into some weird green-blonde.

Things are looking rather autumnal these days, so I had the chance to wear a jacket I bought several months ago to our monthly potluck. We spent the evening telling (mostly bad) jokes, eating crepes and salad and delicious varieties of cheese, and participating in general merrymaking.

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the moral wardrobe: community

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This week has been inexplicably stressful. Maybe it was the weighty theological discussion that went on too long. The flea bites from petting a couple outdoor cats. The allergies. The people, ugh, people everywhere - asking questions, ranting, confused.

But the funny thing is that all the annoyances are just small parts of the beautiful life I get to experience. Dinner on the porch; affectionate neighborhood pets; flowers and green leaves; enthusiastic customers and thoughtful friends. A community enamored with the opportunity to linger outdoors after a winter that lasted too long.

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

  • Top - H&M

  • Skirt - secondhand via thredup

  • Shoes - vintage Minnetonka

  • Earrings - handmade via etsy


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