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The Ethical Closet: Summer Closet Update + Spring Changes

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In March, I shared my Spring Closet Update, but I made a few changes as time went on and it became clear that a few things I thought would be perfect didn't quite measure up.

Firstly, the lovely Mata Traders knit dress I shared dyed not only my purse, but my body, even after several washes, so I had to send that one back as a defective item. It was easy to replace it with the National Picnic dress I reviewed in April. Secondly, I realized that the TEVA sandals I bought occupied the same super-casual niche in my wardrobe as my black Birkenstocks, but were more challenging to wear in an outfit, so I donated those to a local thrift shop. To replace them, I ordered the Nisolo Serena Sandals, as they're more streamlined and dressy than the sandals currently in my closet.

My Summer Closet Update includes:
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LA Relaxed Jade Off the Shoulder Top, $58


This top is truly perfect. Soft, flowy, and lightweight with tiny stripes. I had been on the hunt for an off the shoulder top and I ultimately chose this one because the elastic at the neckline allows me to wear it more like a boat neck top if I want extra coverage. Made in LA of ecofriendly Modal.

Everlane Cotton Striped Dress, $38 (purchased with store credit)


This is definitely more of a beach dress, but the swingy shape and dropped shoulder make it feel retro 1980s, which is sort of cool. I like pairing it with my Sseko Designs D'orsays*. Made with transparent manufacturing practices in Vietnam. Shop via my referral link.

Everlane Cotton Tank, $15


This tank has a slightly oversized, long fit without being slouchy or sloppy. It looks great tucked into skirts and high waist pants. Made in LA. Shop via my referral link.

Eileen Fisher Cropped Boyfriend Jeans, purchased with thredUP credit


I scored these secondhand, but they're still available at Neiman Marcus. I like loose fit jeans for the summer, because they provide better aeration. Made with organic cotton in the USA. Shop thredUP via my referral link for $10 off your first purchase.

Nisolo Serena Sandals, $73.00 (received $25 off through referral link)


Thanks for your feedback on my Ethical Black Sandals post. You all helped me narrow down the selection to something that feels classic and versatile. Made ethically in Peru. Shop via my referral link for $25 off.

For some reason, it's been more difficult than usual to transition into summer dressing. I had developed a dependable uniform of tees, jeans, and sweaters over the winter. Since everything was relatively neutral, it was super easy to get dressed in the morning. But I enjoy wearing patterned skirts and quirky items when it's warm and sunny, so I've had to get back into the swing of planning outfits ahead of time. These easy-to-wear additions are making the transition less intimidating.


Shopping List: Ethical Black Sandals

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I used to think every pair of shoes in my closet needed to be a different color, but in the past few years, I've developed a real love for black shoes with everything. I wouldn't call my personal style anything close to edgy, so the bit of black at the base adds something modern to otherwise very simple outfits.

I've seen lots of black sandals around this season, but I want something that looks just as good with shorts as it does with a fancy dress. That means chunky Birkenstocks and thick foam flip flops are out. I've narrowed it down to the options above (admittedly, I'm not the best at narrowing down), making sure to add a good mix of high and lower end, vegan and sustainable leather. Some of these are a bit outside my price range, but they may be worth saving up for.

My favorite ethical black sandals are:

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1. Deux Mains Bel Nanm Sandal, $64.99

Made fairly in Haiti out of upcycled tires, sustainable leather, and all organic ingredients.

2. Everlane Street Sandal, $120.00

Made ethically in Italy out of Italian leather.

3. Nicora Goodall Sandal, $119.00

100% vegan. Uppers made out of recycled X-Ray film, soles and heels made from recycled rubber blend, domestically produced.

4. Bourgeois Boheme Emma Sandal, $194.00

Vegan. PVC free eco vegan leather, handcrafted in Portugal.

5. Nisolo Serena Sandal, $98.00

Made ethically in Peru. Get $25 off your purchase with my referral link.

6. Everlane Slide Sandal, $98.00

Made ethically in Italy out of Italian leather.


I'm leaning toward the Nisolo Serena Sandal, because it combines a sophisticated silhouette with a price point I'm comfortable with (though I still need to pinch some pennies to get there). The Nicora Sandal is a close second - you really can't beat their thoughtful sourcing and attention to detail. I feel like I'm getting real clarity on what I want and "need" within the context of my current lifestyle. It's exciting to have a uniform of sorts. Now all I need is the weather to stay warm so I can actually wear my warm weather gear!


October Favorites, Fair Trade Month Reflections, etc.

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1. Assefa Scarf from FashionABLE // 2. .02 Tee from Zady // 3. Gotta Jet Set Jeans from ModCloth // 4. Simple Bow Earrings from MadeFAIR // 5. The Melbourne from Krochet Kids // 6. Mimosa Watch from WeWOOD // 7. The Cashmere Cardigan from Everlane // 8. Harper Chukka from Nisolo

Hey! It's Fair Trade Month! This Fair Trade Month feels a lot more low key than previous ones and I think it's because, for more and more people, every month feels like a celebration of what fair trade does for communities. It's awesome to look back over the last three or so years and see that things have progressed, and in more ways than one!

We're not only talking about fair trade more, we're starting to think about our environmental impact and broader sustainability issues. Companies are gladly providing greater transparency and even fast fashion companies know that something's gotta give in their unsustainable supply chains.

Even though the news is bleak and the ocean of injustice is impossible to swim across alone (maybe we can do it relay style?), I know we can make a difference, because I can see how far we've already come. So let's celebrate people power and look for more ways to be kind: to others, to ourselves, and to the earth and everything it sustains.

This month also marks the one year anniversary of my switch to Blogger from WordPress and my ever-so-slight re-branding. It's been great to work with so many cool brands, reviewing their carefully crafted goods, supporting their fundraising campaigns, and doing giveaways. I feel like I have a much better grip on what I want collaborations with brands to look like after several months of tweaking my media kit.

And I'm so thankful for the rapid growth in blog readers and Instagram followers Style Wise has had in the past year. The whole point, after all, is for people to read, learn, and be encouraged to take small steps toward intentional shopping and living.

Also, I have to give a shout out to the Ethical Writers Co. gang, who have supported and challenged me through this year of exploring what it means to be an ethical style blogger and have given me the confidence to seek outside writing and public speaking opportunities. Here's to many more years taking things seriously and writing my heart out.