spring wardrobe

Inside an Ethical Wardrobe: Spring 2017

Image via Everlane

A quick look inside my ethical spring wardrobe. 

I had intended to make this a regular feature on StyleWise, but it's kind of a pain to pull everything out of my closet then put it back in again, so it seems I neglected to share anything in 2016. If you're interested in comparing this season's wardrobe to Spring 2015, you can read that post here.

The weather is all over the place this time of year, so I still regularly pull out sweaters and boots, but I wouldn't say they are really a part of my spring wardrobe. I should also note that the vast majority of these items are not new - most have been a component in my closet for at least a year, but some of them have been going strong for 4-5 years!

Without further ado...

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Clockwise from top left: Elegantees Giselle Cold Shoulder Tee | Stack of Elegantees Tee (out of stock), Everlane Tees, and thrifted top | Everlane Striped Tee | Thrifted Striped Top and Button Down Tank | Thrifted Silk Bandanas (similar) | Elegantees Celeste Flutter Top

What's New: I added a few Elegantees stretch knit tops to my wardrobe this season to spruce things up, including a moss colored tunic that's currently sitting in my clothes hamper.

Clockwise from top: Karen Kane Jeans (similar), made in USA | American Eagle Boyfriend Jeans (not ethical) | Eileen Fisher Cropped Jeans (similar) | Vintage Jeans

What's New: Just the Karen Kane jeans.

Left to right: Old Cardigan | Everlane Soft Cotton Square Cardigan | Love Justly Kimono Jacket (c/o)

What's New: Both the Everlane cardigan and the kimono jacket are new this season, and I wear them all the time.

Clockwise from top left: Synergy Organic Clothing Full Skirt (similar) | Thrifted Cutoff Skirt | Synergy Organic Clothing Holly Skirt | Vintage Skirt, thrifted

What's New: I just bought this "Made in Texas" peasant skirt at a local thrift shop last week. The denim skirt was purchases a few months ago, but I haven't been able to wear it much until now.

Left to right: Greenheart Shop Crossbody | Thrifted Vera Bradley Tote (similar)

What's New: I couldn't resist this old school Vera Bradley tote when I saw it at the thrift shop. It's in good condition, and the lightly padded quilted fabric will be good for toting around my new laptop. 

Left to right: Sseko Designs Suede Loafers | Sseko Designs Gold Loafers | Thrifted Earth Shoes (similar) | Frye Oxfords (questionably ethical, but some styles are made in USA)

What's New: Not shown, a pair of red suede loafers I thrifted last week. I'll feature sandals in my summer wardrobe post (if I manage to remember to photograph it!). I also plan on buying a pair of the Everlane flats (featured in the first image on this post) when they come out next week.

That's (mostly) it! There are a few items I couldn't photograph because they're dirty, and I left out dresses because I have yet to wear a dress this season. For me, they're more of a summer item. 

I hope this is helpful to you. Let me know if you have any questions!

inside an ethical wardrobe: spring 2015

ethical capsule wardrobe

Spring has sprung here in Charlottesville, so I'm back with another installment of my "Inside an Ethical Wardrobe" series. See my winter post here and my jewelry post here.


I've been in aggressive spring cleaning mode for several weeks and I've finally been able to part with a lot of things I was holding onto because of their nostalgic or "practical" value. I'm a firm believer that it's ok to have an attachment to things that remind of us people, places, and experiences we love, but it was time to clear out old high school event t-shirts and ill-fitting blouses.

striped tees

I'm left with a reasonable, varied assortment of knit cotton tops, including several v-necks from Everlane, a few fair trade statement tops, a couple old items purchased from conventional retailers, and several thrifted items.

Note that a few things are missing either because I was wearing them or they were in the wash, but this is a pretty accurate representation of my wardrobe.

thrifted cardigan

I'm a cardigan lover, so I have about double what's depicted here, including a mustard yellow cardigan (an old purchase) I'm wearing while I write this post, a Seamly.co wrap cardigan (made in USA), and a thrifted shawl collar cardigan.

spring skirts wardrobe

I love skirts for spring and summer, particularly midi and maxi skirts that allow me to move freely without fearing my skirt will fly up. The above skirts are (clockwise from top left): Fleet Collection (made in USA), thrifted, secondhand via thredUP, Mata Traders (fair trade), and thrifted. I have a black skirt from thredUP coming in the mail this week.

ethical dresses

And finally, a mess of dresses. About half of my dresses are fair trade and the other half are thrifted or vintage. The ones pictured here are (clockwise from top): thrifted, Nomads, Synergy Organic, thrifted, vintage, and fair trade/sustainable from Gaia Couture.

I left out a few rarely worn graphic tees, formal dresses, and two button-ups that I keep around for professional events. I'll do a separate post for shoes and accessories later.

And just a quick reminder that this isn't a capsule wardrobe. The items I photographed in my winter wardrobe post are still in regular rotation when the weather is suitable for them. Maybe it's my Florida upbringing, but I prefer to wear as much of my wardrobe as possible year round. In fact, I'm wearing my high waist jeans today.