minimalist

My Ethical Fall Wardrobe Picks

fall17
Contains affiliate links

While I certainly don't need to add half a dozen items to my wardrobe right now, I like visualizing what I already have against the silhouettes and specific styles I'm drawn to this season. I've become much more of a pants person over the last year or so - I hardly wore my skirts this summer - so I'm looking forward to being able to wear pants every day as the weather cools down. 

This fall, I want easy, flattering pieces that fit well and make me feel comfortable and pulled together during my work day. In terms of ethics, I'm sticking with a balance between fair & sustainable and well made & well fitting, as the best ethics in the world don't matter if I'm not going to be able to wear the heck out of what I've purchased.


Keyo Trio Bar Jacket Studs, $26.95

Upcycled brass, made fairly. I love the look of brass, especially against red hair, and these feel both minimalist and sort of vintage, my ideal combination.

Everlane Cotton Vneck Cropped Sweater, $50

Cropped sweaters are versatile, because you can pair them with higher waistlines or layer them over dresses and tunics. I bought this one with credits in an XS for a tighter fit.

Julia Bo Slip-on Derbys, $105

I've been looking for a pair of slip-on oxfords or derbys to be the fall equivalent of my crossover sandals. I'm much more likely to wear a pair of shoes if I can easily slip them on, so I'll likely be selling the Frye oxfords I purchased last fall and replacing them with these (in a cognac brown). Julia Bo hand makes shoes at a family factory in eastern Europe, and everything can be custom made to order. 

Vintage High Waist Mom Jeans

I finally found the perfect pair of mom jeans at the shop where I work. Only took 3 years! The ones shown here are a similar color, but not the exact pair. 

Everlane Wide Leg Crop Pants, $68

The thick twill on these will be great for cooler weather. And I think the cropped look will pair well with my secondhand suede ankle boots and my black boots, too.

I would probably wear this as a tunic over jeans or leggings. Krochet Kids' stuff is made fairly and they're expanding their organic cotton collection. 

Verry Kerry Kimono Dress£75.00

Made fairly with sustainable bamboo and azo free dyes with a one-size-fits-most fit. Verry Kerry sent me this dress to style a few different ways, so stay tuned for my dedicated post. I like wearing it unbuttoned as a drapey jacket. 


In case you're interested, I'll have some thoughts and links about Charlottesville out tomorrow. I know that a lot of people are already moving on, but I've seen so much misinformation floating around (and so many dehumanizing conspiracy theories *cough cough* George Soros) that I feel like I need to offer more context and clarity. 

the moral wardrobe: Dorsu Slip-On Dress

oversized dress from dorsuminimalist ethical outfit from dorsu
Dorsu makes easy, well cut basics using remnant fabric sourced from Cambodia's clothing manufacturing industry. When I saw that they were doing a fundraiser a few months back to scale their business and build out their workshop, I decided to donate as a sort of reverse birthday present to myself. They were kind enough to reach out and send me a few items to review on Style Wise.

As the years roll by, I'm becoming increasingly concerned about the environmental impact of the things I purchase. Worker welfare is absolutely important, but we can't really say something was "made ethically" if we're disregarding the ecosystems and natural resources people rely on to flourish. That's why I love that Dorsu has intentionally filled a gap in the industry by setting up shop close to where remnant fabrics in the global supply chain go to die: right in the heart of a major manufacturing center...

We purchase fabric remnants leftover from garment factories who discard off-cuts during production. In the past, this waste was dumped into landfill or burned, however, it is now recovered and sold into a local market chain. Buying this fabric allows us to support the prevention of unnecessary waste in Cambodia, keep our supply chain as close as possible and contribute to local economy.

dorsu slip-on dress review

Here I'm wearing the Slip-On Dress in a taupe and black colorblock design. I like the relaxed fit - it looks just as good worn as a tunic as it does as a dress. Admittedly, it was warm enough this weekend to go sans jeans, but I think the layering adds a nice edge to the look. I had this balled up in my suitcase for days, too, and it's only a tiny bit wrinkled. The site says it's made of cotton, but it feels silky like rayon.
  ethical color block dress from dorsu
Ethical Details: Dress - c/o Dorsu; Flats - old and upcycled; Necklace - c/o Hands Producing Hope

Dorsu's site shows prices in AUD, but you'll be happy to know that they ship to the US and that the conversion rate is quite good! The Slip-On Dress sells for 49.00 AUD, which is about $36.00 USD (you'll have to add about $25.00 for flat rate international shipping, so keep that in mind). There are also a number of domestic shops that sell Dorsu, so I encourage you to hunt around or ask your local fair trade shop if they carry Dorsu.

---------

Shop Dorsu here. Follow Dorsu on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter.



inspiration board: colors and textures


I'm procrastinating going into work on my day off (lots of work to do in preparation for seasonal sales), so it seemed like a great time to share the pins that are inspiring me this month. Click here to visit my Pinterest account and access original image sources.

What I'm loving this month:


  • Peaches, tans, and coral pinks
  • Clogs and clunky shoes
  • Casual, simple outfits
  • Menswear inspired silhouettes
  • Bobs - I'm growing my hair out again

Making inspiration boards is a useful exercise for me because it helps me narrow down what I'm attracted to. I can then shop my closet and put looks together from what I already own instead of feeling like I have to purchase new things. With Black Friday in the near future, this sort of exercise is especially important. There's so much temptation out there!

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.

an ethical outfit: everyday


everyday


 everyday by fracturedradiance featuring earrings

Since, as of noon today, I no longer work in the food service industry, I can wear pretty much anything I want, including tank tops (my boss had a very reasonable aversion to employees wearing tank tops while serving coffee and pastries). This outfit is very representative of what I like to wear when I'm not in the mood for a midi skirt or skater dress.

All items are fair trade, secondhand, or handmade in a well regulated environment. The earrings are from a UK based fair trade company called Made that makes really fashion forward metal jewelry; I found this particular item on ASOS, but they also have their own website.
Click the styleboard to be redirected to product sources. 

follow photo


butbl butets butfb butp

the moral wardrobe: simple

flouncy skirt outfit black and white outfitsaltwater sandalsI woke up with a swollen face this morning because the plants are trying to kill me. I keep telling myself I'll adapt to local allergens, but in all likelihood it'll get worse with each passing year. I didn't know what those "Claritin Clear" commercials meant until I was driving to high school junior year and suddenly couldn't see the road in front of me. I went through the rest of the day in a haze; the pine trees had been waiting to attack!

But I just woke up from a long nap, so I'm feeling better for now. Time to finish painting our bookshelves!

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

  • Top - Target (old)

  • Skirt - secondhand via ebay

  • Shoes - Saltwater


follow photo


butbl butets butfb butp

the moral wardrobe: seasonless skirt

bl1 bl6bl2

Hooray for more outdoor photos. I consider myself an adequate photographer and I know my way around most manual settings on my DSLR, but taking self portraits outside is rather challenging. It can take forever to get the settings right and then the angle of the sun changes and I have to start over. But this skirt was made for light spring breezes, so I wanted to try to catch a little movement.

This is the Seasonless Skirt from Seamly.co that I mentioned a couple weeks ago when I introduced the company. I really wanted it because it reminds me of the skirt I wore in Anderson Area Children's Choir when I was 9. It was so stretchy and wonderful that I wore it into middle school. This one is also lightweight, slinky, and rather full. My only complaint is that it's a bit large around the waist and it's the smallest size they make in this style. I'm going to have to see if I can alter it (maybe I'll add some elastic to the waist seam?).

Seamly.co is offering free shipping on all orders until May 1 with code, MOVINGDAY.

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

  • Top - H&M

  • Skirt - Seamly.co

  • Shoes - Blowfish

  • Necklace - my mom's


*I purchased my own skirt for review, but did have access to a modest coupon code.

follow photo


butbl butets butfb butp