Saying there's a seat at the table for you, especially when we say this to black women or BIPOC or women of color, requires action. We need to move over first. And then be quiet and listen. When I say "we" I mean this in a communal sense, and am speaking as a white woman … Continue reading White Sisters, Move Over First
Affordable ethical fashion is not an oxymoron. One of the more common complaints I receive about ethical or socially conscious fashion is how expensive it is. "I can get a t-shirt for $5 at <insert store here> why would I pay $70?!?!" or "Does affordable ethical fashion even exist?" I get it. For people on … Continue reading 3 Ways Conscious Fashion Saves Money
Curating a socially conscious wardrobe with simple sustainable clothing can seem time-consuming at first. You have to research brands and their ethics, organize your closet, and wrestle with the guilt you might feel for taking so long to figure this out. Whatever the reason for why you haven't started, I am here to tell you … Continue reading 3 Ways Conscious Fashion Saves Time
At the risk of sounding too cliche, I hosted a closet clean out challenge the first week of January. It really crosses off all the boxes: new year, new you, #konmari, and yet another social media-driven personal challenge. It's okay, I can admit when I'm predictable. But really though! Doing this with other people was … Continue reading Finding Joy in Your Closet
How is it possible to have a closet stuffed full of clothes, and nothing to wear? And yet, we feel a sense of dread when asked to consider limiting our intake and being more intentional about what we buy. My friends, I have to be honest here and tell you, taking the easy way out … Continue reading Less is More
Overall, the United States exports about a billion pounds of second-hand textiles, making it our eighth largest export. And shockingly, this constitutes only a small portion of America's yearly donations. So, if you imagine someone happily using the bags and bags of crap you discard at your local donation center on a regular basis, you're … Continue reading Does anyone need your junk?
Time to get real with each other - who here throws away their clothes? Raise your hand. I know you're not raising your hand because you're reading this on the train or on the couch with your sig other or you're otherwise embarrassed. At least admit it in your own mind: you've dumped perfectly good … Continue reading You can recycle clothes?!
K.I.S.S. We know what this stands for, right? KEEP IT SIMPLE STUPID. My 7 year old would be offended by this, but you can change the last S to any adjective you'd like to use...silly, slow, scatty, shortsighted, simple, senseless, scatterbrained...you get the idea. The point is, we tend to hide behind perfectionism and feel … Continue reading 15 Ways to Start Being More Sustainable
Even when you purchase something ethically made, you are still demanding more resources from the planet. And it takes quite a bit of time and effort to do your research, and often a bigger portion of your budget. While these things are important, admittedly we just don’t have the time to focus on it when … Continue reading Thrifting in the Name of Ethical Fashion
It may seem like a weird thing to talk about whether your clothes align with your values, but it's a valid question. Our values, our morals, and our priorities in life inform all the decisions we make. We might spend time and money on religion. Or buy organic. Our education and career reflect our interests … Continue reading Do your clothes reflect your values?