General Personal Style

inside an ethical wardrobe: winter 2015

I took a cue from Hannah at Life Style Justice (who I just “met” on Google Hangout this weekend!) and decided to share my wardrobe with you. If you haven’t checked our her closet post, do it now! It’s rather impressive. I haven’t managed to whittle things down to the same extent, but this exercise helped me assess what I actually wear versus what I’m holding onto for no real reason (and made me realize I impulse buy too many things at thrift shops).

I should also mention that this post differs considerably from popular Capsule Wardrobe posts (prime example here), because I’m absolutely not interested in doing a useless exercise in restraint and aesthetic minimalism every season. The items featured here are things I wear more often in cooler weather, but I also rely on all-weather and transitional pieces like cardigans and t-shirts for additional warmth. I try to get a lot of use out of most of my wardrobe no matter what season it is.

The majority of my wardrobe, particularly skirts and shoes, were purchased secondhand. Though I love supporting ethical creators, it’s more in line with my budget to go the secondhand route most of the time.

Also note that not everything I own is ethically sourced. As I’ve mentioned before, I broke down and purchased questionably sourced denim at the beginning of the season because I ended up wasting a ton of money on an ethical denim search with poor results. I went with dark wash, simple styles because they’re much more versatile and will hold up for longer. When I lived in Florida, I just avoided jeans altogether, but I can’t manage the winter here without pants.

Tops and leggings aren’t pictured because I consider them layering pieces this time of year. I wear a lot of simple tees from Everlane, Threads 4 Thought, and thrift shops under sweaters and cardigans. If you’re interested in seeing a bit of my jewelry collection, you can view my jewelry post here.

I’ll be back in a few weeks with a look into my spring wardrobe and an overview of my everyday layering pieces.

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  1. yeah; it's like this weird guilt mixed with financial anxiety and feeling like it's not even worth it, but I guess it's just part of the process.

  2. Thanks! I still have a lot I haven't photographed. It's a bit crazy when you start counting and realize you're hoarding.

  3. I feel you on the wasted money on ethical but poor quality or poor fit items. So painful.

  4. I love this post. I am all about jeans and cardigans for fall and winter (ours in Texas is much milder than yours). I can't wait to see your spring pieces, too.

  5. love this… it definitely inspires me to start paring down my own closet when I see how few pieces people really need… thank you(you have great taste by the way!)

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